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May 12, 2003

World War IV

They started it. We have to finish it. Says ex CIA Chief.

The U.S. is already fighting, says former Central Intelligence Agency Director James Woolsey, and the enemies are the Shiite fanatics who rule Iran and control Hezbollah, the Islamo-fascists who rule Syria and previously controlled Iraq and the Wahhabi brand of Sunni Islamists who get their inspiration and funding from Saudi Arabia.

[...] All three members of this axis had attacked the United States repeatedly in different ways since at least 1979. The attacks became increasingly more dramatic because the enemy concluded, based on deductive reasoning, that the U.S. was a paper tiger – unwilling to fight, or, at least, fight to win. They concluded the U.S. just didn't have the stomach for it, the former CIA director says.

[...] Iraq has been dealt with, but the other partner in the Islamo-fascist camp, Syria, remains a threat. Iran has many problems at home. The U.S. must make those problems worse – largely through propaganda and support of the dissident student groups and jailed clerics who oppose the mullah regime.

"The third group, the Islamist Sunni, al-Qaida and the like-thinkers, are in many ways going to be the hardest to deal with," Woolsey says. "They are fueled by oil money from the Gulf, Saudi Arabia principally. They are wealthy in and of themselves. They are present in some 60 countries and they loathe us, like the Wahhabis, who are their first cousins. They are fanatically anti-Western, anti-modern, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish and anti-most-Muslims."

Woolsey projects this fourth world war is going to last decades, not years. But he is confident that we will win.