Sun Tzu wrote that battles are messy and chaotic and that they are defined by positions that turn around. While the media is consumed with short-term battles that will mean nothing a few months from now, strategy teaches us to focus on the real battles that will reshape world positoins ten or twennty years from now. One of these battles, one that joins both the elitist-regular people cultural wars and the War on Terror, is the battle for hearts and minds in Europe. The riots in Paris
have now gone on long enough to that people are actually hearing about it and learning that Muslims are the people doing the rioting. It is on even on the front pages of NYTimes (on-line version). Pictures of Paris burning are just too compelling. However, unlike the Libby indictment, which we will hear about endlessly, these riots are actually going to reshape the face of Europe.