April 17, 2010

THIS IS SOMETHING W SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER AND INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES WOULD DO IF WE HAD ANY:

Fight Al-Qaeda with satire, ridicule: researchers (Michel Moutot, 4/17/10, AFP)

Beating the Islamist movement is as much about winning the battle of ideas and undermining Al-Qaeda's counter-culture cachet as it is about conventional anti-terrorism operations, said the report.

"Terrorism must be defeated through the deliberate 'toxification' of the al-Qaeda brand; not by making it seem dangerous, but by exposing it as dumb," Jamie Bartlett, one of the report's authors, told AFP.

"Al-Qaeda has to be ridiculed as the equivalent of a middle-aged dad at a school disco: enthusiastic, incompetent and excruciatingly uncool."


As angry as some got when President Bushg taunted al Qaeda, he should have been far more dismissive. The difficulty is that it would have made it harder for him to get the gears of government moving and to take the steps he felt necessary to protect the country from subsequent attacks. Cutting al Qaeda down to size rhetorically would have had consequences domestically that he was unwilling to accept. But as the WOT winds down it would be helpful to have a leader who could carve them up. Their dubious sexual orientation affords an especially target rich environment.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 17, 2010 7:10 AM
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