Friday, February 24, 2006
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.
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.
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.