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Nine Essential Points for Talking About the War on Terrorism

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James Phillips; James Jay Carafano

Series: Executive Memorandum

Topic: International relations (International peace and security)

Keywords: National security; National security; War on terror

Type: Brief


Winning the war on terrorism requires understanding the enemy, delegitimizing its view of the world, offering a credible alternative, and demonstrating the will to prevail. Using the right words and ideas can help to achieve victory against a totalitarian Islamic ideology that manipulates religious words and ideas to impose its goals on both Muslims and non-Muslims through violence.