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The al-Zawahri types will not go away or be persuaded to take up farming by Mr. Obama’s calls for hope and change. Islamic fascists are serious, evil men. Words do not impress them; neither does goodwill or liberal, multicultural tolerance. They must be defeated, and the Muslim world democratized and brought into modernity - kicking and screaming if necessary.

Mr. Obama will learn this the hard way, but learn it he will.

Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times.