April 10, 2005


Al Qaeda Under Siege at Home (James Dunnigan, April 7, 2005, Strategy Page)

After a three day siege, and lots of gunfire, Saudi Arabian police killed 14 Al Qaeda terrorists, including international fugitive, Moroccan Abdulkarim al Mejjati, and captured six alive. Another al Qaeda leader was killed as well. The battle took place 320 kilometers north of the capital. The police suffered 14 wounded. Al Mejjati planned and carried out a major 2003 attack in Morocco, and was involved in the 2004 Madrid bombing as well. He was one of the 26 most wanted terrorists in Saudi Arabia, and security officials believed he had fled the country. But there are few places for known al Qaeda members to hide, and travel is difficult as well.

Saudi Arabia has one of the largest concentrations of Islamic radicals on the planet, and for decades it was a place where al Qaeda members could hide, if they kept quiet. But al Qaeda began a series of terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia after the United States invaded Iraq two years ago, and brought themselves into direct conflict with the Saudi Arabian government. This war has not gone well for al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda's high point was 9-10--it's been downhill ever since.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 10, 2005 6:53 PM

Like you once said, OJ, our presidential election comes around and they send us a videotape? We've routed them, they're finished.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at April 10, 2005 8:58 PM

only the cowards in the media/academia/entertainment axis give them any credibility as a military threat. certainly they needed taking care of, but it was the ultimate chicken little to think they would ever be a real threat to our existence. if you believe in america, you knew they would fail, badly.

Posted by: cjm at April 10, 2005 9:58 PM

cjm - Al Qaeda was never a threat, but certain countries were, and Al Qaeda could have served as camouflage for them. We need to continue closing the window for terrorism before nuclear weapons spread too far.

Posted by: pj at April 10, 2005 11:19 PM

Since their catspaw, al-Qaeda, appears to have failed and now the Saudis are stuck with the job of cleaning up the mess they started, the interesting question will be what the Saudis next step will be in their campaign to undermine the US. They had originally expected that W would be a craven, corrupt stooge like his father, and that turned out not to be the case. Chirac, their lead buttboy in Europe, has one foot out the door and another on a banana peel, being about as popular with the French electorate as eczema. The end of Saddam and his replacement, at least for now, by a cross-ethnic, cross-denominational coalition headed by Shia Muslims, is a net loss for the Saudi royal family too. The Shias in Saudi Arabia, about 25% of the population, can get pretty restive.

My guess is we'll see them turn to the Russians, where Jew-hatred still sells politically and anti-Americanism is intimately connected with nationalist pride, in some kind of partnership, while subsidizing Hamas to kill Israeli citizens.

Posted by: bart at April 11, 2005 6:31 AM


They're on our side. Get over it.

Posted by: oj at April 11, 2005 7:13 AM

I'll just have to add that to my ever-growing list of OJ's Delusions:

1. Saudi Arabia is on our side.
2. America would have been better off we didn't help anti-Communist governments in Europe through the Marshall Plan.
3. Darwin was wrong.
4. Upper levels of the RC Clergy were not complicit in the Holocaust.
5. Europe is a more dismal place than sub-Saharan Africa.
6. Eric and Julia Roberts are the same person.

Posted by: bart at April 11, 2005 10:41 AM

bart: thank you for reminding me, now about that eric/julia thing, i have been meaning to bring it up again for awhile now...

Posted by: cjm at April 11, 2005 5:38 PM