Thursday, September 21, 2006

Al Qaeda's robust command and control

Even though the president and Republicans laud their efforts against al Qaeda... Even though the Democrats are incapable of making a sensible argument for their own election...

We see al Qaeda maintain command and control in the global war on terrorism. I posted on 9/15/2006 in regards to Zawahiri's threat toward U.S. interests and allies in the Levant. That evil Egyptian also threatened the Middle East, vowing economic ruin -- aka, an attack on oil facilities. Within days, attacks were launched in Yemen and against the U.S. mission in Syria.

Joshua Landis of Syria Comment has a post well worth the read. He quotes from a message from a friend of his:
Al Jazeera ran on Sept 18 the second part of a documentary by Yusri Fouda on Al Qaeda in "Bilad al Sham". The thesis is that inherently Al-Qaeda has a forward looking plan that was to attack the US, draw America to the Middle East and then fight it (i.e. in Iraq) and then exploit that conflict to get to the Palestinian front using Damascus and Lebanon.
An al Qaeda presence in Palestine has been in the works for some time, Jamestown Foundation. What is troubling about this account is that al Qaeda can gain tremendous prestige among jihadists -- if we can call it "prestige" -- by developing the organization's role in that region.

Prestige leads to recruits and donations.

Prestige leads to violence.

Here is al Qaeda's twenty-year plan (emphasis to note phases), as reported by Lawrence Wright of the New Yorker:
Al Qaeda’s twenty-year plan began on September 11th, with a stage that Hussein calls “The Awakening.” The ideologues within Al Qaeda believed that “the Islamic nation was in a state of hibernation,” because of repeated catastrophes inflicted upon Muslims by the West. By striking America—“the head of the serpent”—Al Qaeda caused the United States to “lose consciousness and act chaotically against those who attacked it. This entitled the party that hit the serpent to lead the Islamic nation.” This first stage, says Hussein, ended in 2003, when American troops entered Baghdad.

The second, “Eye-Opening” stage will last until the end of 2006, Hussein writes. Iraq will become the recruiting ground for young men eager to attack America. In this phase, he argues, perhaps wishfully, Al Qaeda will move from being an organization to “a mushrooming invincible and popular trend.” The electronic jihad on the Internet will propagate Al Qaeda’s ideas, and Muslims will be pressed to donate funds to make up for the seizure of terrorist assets by the West. The third stage, “Arising and Standing Up,” will last from 2007 to 2010. Al Qaeda’s focus will be on Syria and Turkey, but it will also begin to directly confront Israel, in order to gain more credibility among the Muslim population.

In the fourth stage, lasting until 2013, Al Qaeda will bring about the demise of Arab governments. “The creeping loss of the regimes’ power will lead to a steady growth in strength within Al Qaeda,” Hussein predicts. Meanwhile, attacks against the Middle East petroleum industry will continue, and America’s power will deteriorate through the constant expansion of the circle of confrontation. “By then, Al Qaeda will have completed its electronic capabilities, and it will be time to use them to launch electronic attacks to undermine the U.S. economy.” Islamists will promote the idea of using gold as the international medium of exchange, leading to the collapse of the dollar.

Then an Islamic caliphate can be declared, inaugurating the fifth stage of Al Qaeda’s grand plan, which will last until 2016. “At this stage, the Western fist in the Arab region will loosen, and Israel will not be able to carry out preëmptive or precautionary strikes,” Hussein writes. “The international balance will change.” Al Qaeda and the Islamist movement will attract powerful new economic allies, such as China, and Europe will fall into disunity.

The sixth phase will be a period of “total confrontation.” The now established caliphate will form an Islamic Army and will instigate a worldwide fight between the “believers” and the “non-believers.” Hussein proclaims, “The world will realize the meaning of real terrorism.” By 2020, “definitive victory” will have been achieved. Victory, according to the Al Qaeda ideologues, means that “falsehood will come to an end. . . . The Islamic state will lead the human race once again to the shore of safety and the oasis of happiness.”
These are optimistic plans. But, they warrant concern. Al Qaeda and like-minded terrorist organizations are bullish on their future.

The highest form of generalship is to attack the enemy's plans...

4 Comments:

Blogger Chuck said...

I wrote a comment to this post earlier today and apparently hit the wrong button.

What I said was Al Qaeda's plan presupposes non Mulim nations and individuals are going to just let them keep pushing them and there will be little or no response, If this does in fact happen the non Muslims deserver what they get when the Muslims start making women wear burkkas, hsve to be accomponied by a male relative if she leaves the house.

The way to thwart AlQaeda's plan in non Muslim nations is for them to decree that all womren must waer burkkas when outside the house, and that they can only leave the house to shop snd sttend prsyers. When they are home the husbands have total control. If he wants sex he points at the cot and says DOWN. Whether she is ready or not he will plow into her like a rutting animal and when he is finished he will so
show no love or affection.

Their whole plan is going to fall apart like a cheap suit when they stsrt trying to bring western women into the fold.

Don't mess with western women, they will tear your eyes out.
IF YOU ARE LUCKY.
Chuck

9:18 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

I'm not really as ignorant as I appear from my spelling in my previous comment. I am a hunt and peck typist and the lights weren't on. Sorry about that. Your blog deserves better.
Chuck

9:32 AM  
Blogger copy editor said...

I agree with you on western women and whether one is lucky in that regard.

Don't worry about the typos.

9:42 AM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Oh, and aq's plan is nonsense. But we run the risk of letting them get spreading and co-opting insurgencies in the Mid East.

9:43 AM  

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