The latest plot "is a reminder -- probably even a useful reminder for everybody -- that this is going to be a long struggle, and that there are a large number of people who are determined to try to defeat freedom," he said.
"The organization, the financing, the purposefulness of these people is real, and they're not the kind of people that you negotiate with ... they don't accept halfway measures."
He recalled a speech he gave in 1984 as President Reagan's Middle East envoy after a Hezbollah bombing killed 241 Marines in Beirut: "And you look at what's going on today ... this long war didn't just start on Sept. 11."
Yet he said many people confuse terrorism for "a criminal activity ... we've had a great deal of difficulty getting the country and the world to understand that this is different, this is a long struggle" against "violent extremists ... who are determined and persistent."
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Rumsfeld reflects on 'Sept. 12' world
A good interview here via Elephants in Academia,