Well, I'm glad that you think of me as an intellectual. As to missing the truth, I never said that we ("we" as a people, not "we" as in you and me) were any more reasonable, intelligent or otherwise enlightened than this, somewhat ambiguous, enemy. And if, as you seem to suggest, that the best solution is to sink to the level of the lowest of the low in order to defeat those who hate us, then I'm afraid that you've contradicted yourself.
By the way, fear is the breeding-ground of hate. Simply getting your enemy to fear you is a sure way to get more hate directed at you. Governments have toppled (violently) because they thought that they could rule with fear.