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Friday, February 24, 2006

Al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia: all turbin, no camels 

Al Qaeda is claiming responsibility for the failed attack in Saudi Arabia earlier today. So, basically, the heart of the jihad is running a victory lap because it either induced or coerced a couple of guys to commit suicide by driving explosive-laden cars into a hail of small arms fire. Although two Saudi guards were severely wounded in the line of duty, nobody died who did not want to die, and no damage was done to the targeted oil facility. Seems like Allah works in mysterious ways. Or maybe He's on the side of the less bad guys.

Why would Al Qaeda's vaunted public relations arm seek credit for such unreconstructed lameness? Because it has not been able to mount any real attack in Saudi Arabia for more than a year, which fact is evidence of the weakening fortunes of the jihad.

5 Comments:

By Blogger Mycroft, at Sat Feb 25, 03:03:00 AM:

When compared against the mess over the Danish comics, this leaves me worried. We've got the Islamic terrorists on the run -- for now, and they don't seem to be suffering from any flood of volunteers. On the other hand, the vicious ideology that drives them, and the evil men who support them, have not lost their political power in the Arab world. This rather strongly suggests that, after a season or two of retreat, the jihad may resume.  

By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Sat Feb 25, 05:23:00 AM:

Retreat only does you good if you can get away.

"Relent not in the pursuit of thine enemies." - Sura 4, 104, The Holy Qu'ran  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Sat Feb 25, 05:59:00 AM:

Mycroft,

They don't call this the "long war" for nothing. It took us fifty years from our first real confrontations with it to discredit communism. I don't think it will take that long to discredit the jihadis because unlike communism they have not taken over a Great Power. However, it could easily be the work of a generation.

Dawnfire82: Well said.  

By Anonymous Shloky, at Tue Feb 28, 11:12:00 PM:

lol, talk about halfassed hubris.

Oil prices would have shot up to about $100 a barrel if they had penetrated the second ring of security.  

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