Thursday, July 27, 2006

From Spain to Iraq

"The war with Israel does not depend on cease-fires ... . It is a Jihad for the sake of God and will last until (our) religion prevails ... from Spain to Iraq."

So said al Qaeda's #2, Ayman al-Zawahiri in a statement released today.

Looks like al Qaeda thinks this could be the moment, the pieces finally in place for their great war against the rest of us. Al-Zawahiri is calling on all Muslims, Shiite and Sunni, to rise up against their own governments, destroy Israel and create a Muslim empire stretching from Spain to Iraq.

That really has been al Qaeda's endgame all along. Keep stirring things up until the entire Mid East descends into chaos. In the ashes they hope a radical Muslim order will take control (as it did in the ashes of Afghanistan after the Soviets left).

They will not stop stirring things up until chaos is no longer a possibility. And considering how very far we are from a real, lasting peace in the Middle East, I think we'll be entangled over there for at least another generation.

We (and by "we" I mean all those who oppose the radical Islamist agenda) are the wall and the girders against chaos and against what threatens to come after. In Iraq, in Lebanon, in Afghanistan, in any city or country where they ferment chaos, we must stand our ground. Not an easy task. But one we must take on, in whatever ways we can.


Blogger Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

Whenever I read your blog (which I confess is not often enough), I go through post after post nodding, "Yes, I agree with this." Alas, I agree with this post too. Things look very serious.

My only quibble is my doubt that we really do know that "a swift wind will soon rise and send us tumbling." Americans are trained to deny that with all their might. Yet, like you, I believe that somehow "greatness will rise and pull us away from the cliff's edge," and that we are "not so weak that only one swift wind could end us."

Thanks, Alan, for all of it.

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