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Saturday, May 7, 2011

It's the ideology, President Obama

The United States struck a major, but not definitive, blow in its global war against Islamic fascist terrorism by killing the titular head of Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden (OBL).

While US President Obama has deservedly received criticism for his handling of the war on terror, his kudos for approving of the daring early morning raid deep in Pakistan are meritorious as well.

Ideology, not personality
One must remember  however that OBL represented a perverse ideology. While his death was retributive justice for 9/11, Islamic fascism and corrupt reading of the Koran are key elements of the terror fight.

Another element, the schism inside Islam, trumps both of the above. However, no outsider is able to much influence the course of the world's largest and fastest growing religion.

The paroxysm of violence associated with Islamic fascism can be countered and that should be the true focus of freedom lovers around the world.

Al Qaeda's tentacles
Al Qaeda's challenge has changed since 2001. Its branch in the Arabian peninsula (AQAP) threatens to topple President Saleh in Yemen. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) haunts France. AQIM totally denies the recent terrorist attack on a popular cafe for tourists in Marrakesh. Suspicions linger.

While the operational capability for another 9/11 is not certain, Al Qaeda has adapted to the pressure from the US and its allies.

No Silver Bullet
That is why taking down the deserving OBL is not a silver bullet despite high praise for the operation.

Vigilance against terrorism is a never ending battle.

As the IRA told former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher after its failed Brighton hotel blast in 1984: You have to be lucky all the time; we only have to be lucky once.

The war on Islamic terrorism rages on many fronts. Its pernicious ideology must be defeated.

More blows against Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hizbullah and their friends must be executed before that happens.

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