Al Qaeda At 20 Dead Or Alive? -- Washington Post

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August 17, 2008

Al Qaeda At 20 Dead Or Alive?
By Peter Bergen

Two decades after al-Qaeda was founded in the Pakistani border city of Peshawar by Osama bin Laden and a handful of veterans of the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, the group is more famous and feared than ever. But its grand project -- to transform the Muslim world into a militant Islamist caliphate -- has been, by any measure, a resounding failure.

In large part, that's because Osama bin Laden's strategy for arriving at this Promised Land is a fantasy. Al-Qaeda's leader prides himself on being a big-think strategist, but for all his brains, leadership skills and charisma, he has fastened on an overall strategy that is self-defeating.

Bin Laden's main goal is to bring about regime change in the Middle East and to replace the governments in Cairo and Riyadh with Taliban-style theocracies. He believes that the way to accomplish this is to attack the "far enemy" (the United States), then watch as the supposedly impious, U.S.-backed Muslim regimes he calls the "near enemy" crumble.

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    Mark Nelson · 10 years ago
    Interesting read. I quite agree with your assessment. Even handed and objective throughout....how did this get by your editors? :-) I've always found the Post to be a bit alarmist and left-leaning with its editorial thrusts. Your language here is pragmatic and real. Good stuff.
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    Johnsonberry · 10 years ago
    Jesus Christ is Lord!!

    Keep up the great work!

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