A common refrain among the squeamish, spineless, neo-hippies dominating American political thought today is that "an ideology can not be destroyed solely through the application of military force."
That belief is as wrong as it is common; brainlessly mimicked by mellifluous minas with no more idea of the true cost of liberty than a toddler coddled in a cocoon of child-proof protection from even the slightest physical harm or mental over-stimulation.
Ideas may never die, but they can be placed in an iron-lung of immobility from which they can be studied and pitied for their irrelevancy.
Malevolent ideologies only gain relevancy when people grant those ideas power over them -- either through weakness of mind and spirit, apathy, or slovenly greed.
Malevolence must always be met with force, early and often, or later and always it will seek to strip all within its ever-widening scope of influence of every means to resist until it is undisputed lord and master.
Force. Overwhelming, unflinching, decisive force.
The kind of force these re-United States used to win the two most important wars in its history -- the War of Southern Secession and the War with Germany and Japan.
The ideology that drove Japanese Imperialism still exists in the minds of men. The idea was not destroyed. But, the nation that attempted to enslave Asia under that idea's banner was destroyed. Peace with the Japanese people has been a multitudinous blessing for the world for the seven decades since.
Ditto Nazism and Germany.
George W. Bush failed to lead a crushing crusade like that in which his father participated in his youth. Paris suffered yesterday as a result.
Clearly, there will never be a war to end all wars. War is the ceaseless responsibility of the righteous; a requirement of good men until the Perfect Man returns.