September 19, 2007


Al Qaeda's third defeat (Claude Salhani, September 19, 2007, Washington Times)

The defeat of al Qaeda by Sunni tribesmen in Iraq's Anbar Province and of an al Qaeda-backed militia called Fatah al-Islam in North Lebanon's Nahr el-Bared Palestinian refugee camp represents two of the most serious blows to the Islamist movement since the declaration of war on terrorism.

As in Iraq where the Sunnis proved al Qaeda's vulnerability, so too has the Lebanese army shown that domestic resolve can defeat attempts by the Islamists to graft themselves onto other cultures, regardless of their similarities in religion, language or nationality.

What brought about the rejection of the Islamists in Iraq and in Lebanon was their attempted meddling in domestic affairs. In both cases the Islamists miscalculated domestic reaction suffered the consequences of their actions.

...while it can disrupt an existing one, it can never become the regime itself. This, alone, is sufficient to make Islamicism the weakest of the isms.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 19, 2007 10:51 AM
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