Symbolism will be their downfall? Hopium Central. Unless and until they become more terrified of us than they are of their own co-conspirators, their own ideologues, their own cadres religious or political – we will not win.
To paraphrase what Jeff Nyquist says – they wage war, we play war-games. We disguise a zero-sum game as a win-win scenario. We think Peace is a weapon, and they are happy to feed that oxymoronic idiocy.
The mesh of evil is tangled and wrapped our own throats. It exploits our own greed and corruption and fosters the development of any and every high principle that constructs a bogus morality out of suicide. Fear is the weapon that is used against us. It is behind everything else, from the pandemic to disgusting cults of immortality to cyber-totalitarian empires. Unless we are finally willing to seize that weapon and use it for our own survival we will become slaves in mind and body, and die.
We must learn to inflict bowel-emptying levels of terror on our enemy, follow the stench to its source and blot it out. Then, and only then, can we legitimately call on God to save us from our own corruption which led us into this mess in the first place. Anything else is hypocrisy, an abyss of contemplation.