Al Qaeda At 20 Dead Or Alive? -- Washington Post2 Comments
- Published: Monday, 18 August 2008 20:13
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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This commment is unpublished.· 10 years agoInteresting read.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.
This commment is unpublished.· 10 years agoJesus Christ is Lord!!
Keep up the great work!