October 10, 2005
Al-Qaeda In Exile
John on Power Line (one of my three favorite blogs!) has a thoughtful and thought-provoking post up about the first stirrings of al-Qaeda in Gaza. He links a Jerusalem Post article that discusses some leaflets recently found in Gaza that are being distributed by a group called "al-Qaida of Jihad in Palestine." As per usual with AQ, the litany of complaint begins rather far back:
"The Muslim nation has been subjected, through various periods, to conspiracies by the infidels," the leaflet said. "[The infidels] have brought down the Islamic Caliphate, dividing the nation into small and weak states. They also managed to dilute the Islamic and character [sic] of the nation."
Since the last time there was an Islamic caliphate that included Gaza was the Ottoman Empire, which collapsed in 1922, I should think both we and even Israel would be off the hook. But you never know.
From 1517 onwards, the Ottoman Sultan was also the Caliph of Islam, and the Ottoman Empire was from 1517 until 1922 (or 1924) synonymous with the Caliphate, the Islamic State.
I wonder if this edition of al-Qaeda is still holding a grudge from the crusades?
John more or less agrees that the nascent al-Qaeda in Gaza may actually be a good thing, finally persuading President Bush that there's no future in the policy of treating the Palestinians and the Israelis in a "more or less even-handed" manner. My own view, expressed oft before -- e.g., Dafydd: Crystal Gaza -- is that the real advantage Israel gained by disengaging from Gaza and to a lesser extent the West Bank was a clearer military order of battle that allows them to respond more freely than if they had thousands of potential hostages they had to protect with tens of thousands of soldiers... soldiers who could be better deployed actually fighting strategic battles.
But I think John's point has equal validity and is just as important. And in any event, John's posts are always worth reading for their own sake, whether one agrees with them or not!
The only odd omission from "Al Qaeda Moving Into Gaza" is that, while discussing how this might force the United States to finally begin treating jihadist terrorism against Israel as we treat jihadist terrorism everywhere else, and how we might have to move into the region in some force, John inexplicably fails to ask how Israel itself will respond: since they're right next door and have shown no particularly reluctance to defend themselves, one might expect they will react even before we do -- and perhaps their response will be so effective that we won't have to send any of our own troops... except perhaps veterans of Iraqi reconstruction projects!
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, October 10, 2005, at the time of 12:47 PM
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The following hissed in response by: RBMN
Hitler dreamed of "Caliphate" too. He just had a different name for it.
The big difference between Hitler and al-Qaeda is that Hitler wasn't trying to live in the Seventh-Century while doing it. We're actually lucky that al-Qaeda is so full of ignorant luddites, at every level, especially the top.
The following hissed in response by: beebop
I would attribute a more Machiavellian motive to those crafty Israelis. They will respond to threats aimed at them, but a cesspool on the Mediterranean is much more of a threat to the soft underbelly of Europe. Let's see how the elegant sophisticates of the EU deal with the terrorist base they've been advocating for so many years.
The following hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist
Arnold is on Monday Night Football, warming up to put a hurting on you-know-who...
The above hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist at October 10, 2005 7:51 PM
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