Nov 14 2008
The democrats are lucky. All they need to do is make sure they continue to stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan and help Pakistan clear out the last remaining Islamo Fascists hold up in their northern tribal regions – then plan the victory parades. They will arrogantly claim they ended the Iraq war (hopefully in victory if they can show some self restraint), and be the laughing stock of people who know who stayed the course to victory.
Bin Laden was the future of Islam after 9-11. It was assumed to be de facto reality that the Muslim world would rally behind him and al-Qaeda and start a global military conflict against The West and America using a stealth fighting force of terrorists. If things went well for Bin Laden, those stealth terrorists would be armed with a variety of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Today Bin Laden and al-Qaeda and any related groups are the enemy of Muslims in Iraq. Today Bin Laden and the Taliban and al-Qaeda are hunted down in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Bin Laden is not the universal future of Islam, in most of the Arab Muslim communities he is the enemy.
And we have George W Bush, Ambassador Ryan Crocker, General David Petraeus and Senator John McCain to thank for this turn of events, among many others. And we have our military and civilian forces who fought this war in the trenches, and paid the sacrifices for all of us, to thank as well. Today we have allies in Afghanistan, notÂ uncountableÂ al-Qaeda training camps and a diseased version of Taliban Islam. Today we have allies in Iraq, not a power mad dictator with direct connections to the top al-Qaeda leaders and various related organizations. Today Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain all are much stronger allies than they were after Gulf War I – illustrating how far we turned the situation around since 9-11.
Here are some interesting news stories from the last few days for folks to read and look back on 11/11/01, two months after 9-11, and think about how things have changed.
First is a story of an Iraqi town defying al-Qaeda, it is at this grass roots level where al-Qaeda has been the most damaged, crippling its support network and recruiting:
Dulaim is an Iraqi village transformed. Where masked gunmen from Al Qaeda in Iraq once imposed their will with killings and even stole irrigation pumps, today numerous Iraqi Army, police, and local Sunni militia checkpoints attest to new levels of security.
The change has been dramatic. It is the result of this farming hamletÂ deciding last JanuaryÂ to change sides, reluctantly turning away from Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and toward US and Iraqi forces.
But despite recently paying a high price for that shift, this village is determined not to turn back.
AQI struck in late September, killing 22 in the most lethal attack in a year in troubled eastern Diyala Province.
Instead of fear or failure, however, the unexpected response has been a recommitment to fight.
This decision to fight al-Qaeda by Arab Muslims is usually a line that cannot be uncrossed. But al-Qaeda, by enlisting thugs and criminals with simple minds andÂ insatiableÂ blood lust, earned the hate of the Arab Muslims.
And make no mistake, this rejection of al-Qaeda is not limited to Iraq, but is now spreading in the tribal lands of Pakistan:
Â During their first meeting after suicide attack on Salarzai tribal Jirga, the elders of the tribe on Tuesday vowed to continue armed campaign against militants in the Bajaur Agency but appealed to the government to send in the law-enforcement agencies to take control of Salarzai Tehsil.
Also, the Afghan refugees started leaving the area after the expiry of the deadline to vacate the troubled tribal region.Â
On the other hand, after weeks of silence and reports of his death, banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Maulvi Omar suddenly came out of hibernation, offering a truce to the government on condition of halt to the military operation, while seven militants lost their lives in air strikes.
After their secret meeting at an undisclosed location for security concerns, the Salarzai elders nominated Malik Abdul Hakim as chief of Salarzai Lashkar and another elder, Malik Manasib Khan, as head of the Jirga.
Abdul Hakim is the younger brother of former Lashkar chief, late Haji Fazal Karim Khan, who along with 23 other tribal elders died in a suicide attack on Jirga in Salarzai on Thursday. The Salarzai tribal Jirga, comprising 60-70 chieftains, on Tuesday morning held a meeting with senior government officials at Khar, headquarters of Bajaur, in which they resolved to continue their armed campaign against militants in their territory.
It is a huge step for a Muslim to not protect ‘guests’ and instead call on outside military force to remove a threat. There is a matter of tribal pride on the line at not being able to protect the people from enemies. The fact is the remnants of the extreme Taliban and al-Qaeda now held up in an ever shrinking region of Norther Pakistan, pinned downed by US, NATO and Afghan forces to the north along the Pak-Afghan border, is not wanted by the locals. Afghanistan is not rising up to fight the democratically elected government or taking on the US/NATO allies in any threatening wave (yes there are dead enders attacking here and there – always will be).
Another interesting story out today is that Bin Laden may be cut off from these remnant forces surrounded and getting pounded.
The head of the CIA has claimed that almost all terrorist threats facing the US now originate in lawless Pakistani tribal areas, adding that Osama bin Laden is becoming increasingly isolated from the day-to-day running of al-Qaeda.
As 12 people were killed by another suspected cross-border American raid targeting Pakistan-based militants, Michael Hayden, the CIA director, told a Washington think tank last night that terror threats against America could invariably be traced back to the Pakistani tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.
Hours after he spoke, another suspected US missile attack killed 12 people in Pakistan, including five foreigners. US missile strikes are hugely controversial in Pakistan, with Islamabad claiming they fuel anti-American extremist groups.
More here on that latest missile strike. Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda movement have been severely wounded since 9-11, and are heading to the path of historic oblivion here soon – if the dems don’t go all wobbly and greedy for military money. 9-11 was a wake up call that required America to make up for years of poor decisions trying to keep status quo dictators in place, giving rise to Bin Laden and al-Qaeda. Policies pushed by an ever impotent UN and liberals who never understand the term ‘peace through strength’.
While I am very optimistic just about any fool should be able to take the current situation to a brilliant and successful end, the ship of fools running the Democrat Congress are more than capable of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. And with al-Qaeda penned in and backed into a corner, there will be one last effort to lash out and cause the US to hesitate, to give al-Qaeda one last chance to escape and survive to fight another day.
McCain would not have allowed that to happen. Obama better not allow it to happen.