April 29, 2007


New Saudi tack on Al Qaeda: The arrest of 172 suspected militants reveals a Saudi public that is helping in the fight against the terrorist group. (Dan Murphy, 4/30/07, The Christian Science Monitor)

What happened, analysts say, is that the Saudis came to view Al Qaeda as a legitimate threat as average Saudis – who had been somewhat supportive of Al Qaeda when its attacks seemed targeted at driving the US out of Afghanistan or Iraq or focused on foreigners in the kingdom – grew disgusted with bloodshed on their own soil. [...]

"More importantly, there has been a change in Saudi society," says Alani. "Al Qaeda made a strategic mistake by attacking Saudis, Arabs, and Muslims. For the sake of killing one foreigner, they are killing five or 10 Saudis. The average man no longer believes it is jihad. Any attacks in Saudi Arabia they see as unjustifiable, illegitimate, and terrorism, not jihad."

...is that the enemies have been too crazy to win.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 29, 2007 5:57 PM

To be specific, they believe in necromancy. They just can't believe that killing that many people so spectacularly won't achieve their ends. If you want it bad enough, and are willing to go far enough, what more could you need?

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at April 29, 2007 9:38 PM

I agree with the above comment, adding that our peace-creep side is enabling aggression by creating the impression that we are not morally equipped to kill as many of the enemy as we may find necessary.

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 30, 2007 5:33 AM
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