Al-Qaeda on the Rebound

This administration has insisted on pouring money and lives down the gaping maw that is the Iraq occupation on the rational that “winning” the battle for Iraq is crucial to winning the War on Terror.

And yet, despite the money spent and lives both lost and destroyed (ours and Iraq’s) in sacrifice to the administration’s strategy, a new intelligence report indicates that Al Qaeda—the perpetrator of the 9/11 catastrophe and the foremost global terrorist organization—is currently stronger than it has been since the 9/11 attack. The title of the report is chilling: “Al-Qaida better positioned to strike the West.”

Yet more evidence that the policies of this administration in specific, and the eager recourse to force by the political hawks in general, are futile and self-defeating.

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5 Responses to “Al-Qaeda on the Rebound”

  1. rmwarnick Says:

    “Al Qaida better positioned to strike the West.” Must be time for another Bush vacation, like in 2001.
    http://www.slate.com/id/2098861/

  2. WP Says:

    al-Qa’ida likely will be with us for a long time, a hundred years or two, maybe more. I do not see any short-term resolution or elimination of this group or any of its successor or derivative organizations. It has its antecedents in the Arab/Muslim world for more than a thousand years. The Crusaders as well as the 11th Century equivalents of Sadat, Mubarek, Saddam, King Hussein, and other secular usurpers were terrorized and or assassinated by an early group knows as the Hashhashin. These were the first of Muslim terrorists. They were bent on eliminating all usurpers including Seljuk Turks and the Abbasid Caliphate. Since their time the Middle East has seen a number of groups arise including the Fedayeen of Arafat’s PLO following the 1948 war between Arabs and the Jews. The Russian invasion of Afghanistan gave us the precursor to the al-Qa’ida, the Mujahadeen. So to make a long comment not any longer it is unlikely as long as there are usurpers and secular leaning dictators in the Arab and Muslim world and intervening western “Crusaders” there will be al-Qa’ida or one of its successors. Trust me, Allahu Akbar!

    Too bad none of Bush’s advisors or Condi Rice know anything about the Middle East or its history. There have been only buffoons making policy in Washington for the last six and a half years.

  3. Derek Staffanson Says:

    True enough, WP. Of course, a case can reasonably be made that it was the crusaders who first terrorized the Muslims of the Arabian Peninsula, and that the Hashhashin were the Arabian response to the Western “terrorist” threat. It is almost without question that it is the intrusion of outside forces (from the crusaders to modern American foreign policy) which gives cause to these extremists and allows them to flourish. Which is why this administration’s foreign policies in the region are self-defeating, as this report shows. I join you in lamenting the ignorance of this administration and their advocates.

  4. WP Says:

    Few if any understand that unfortunately.

  5. Cstanford Says:

    You’re right, and if Patriotic American Mormons aren’t willing to accept that their government has in fact made the problem worse, I don’t know why more of them don’t at least reflect on a very obvious scriptural precedent: the second phase of the Gadianton robbers was a guerrilla/terrorist organization and the Nephites had no success in trying to go out and hunt them down.

    To resort to terrorism is to give up moral high ground, but American intrusion in the Middle East is a legitimate grievance that, if it doesn’t give Al-Qaeda moral superiority over rootless ex-Nephite bandits, it at least gives them a stronger conviction of the justness of their cause and makes them even harder to pin down than the Gadiantons. And it makes the War on Terror even more impractical and indefensible.

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