10 years after this piece was written, it is still worthy of review"The Future of Terrorism: What al-Qaida Really Wants": "In seven phases the terror network hopes to establish an Islamic caliphate which the West will then be too weak to fight."





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  1. Steve on November 21, 2015 1:57 pm

    The West has been intervening in the middle east for many decades now with little to show for it other than more violence. And yet it appears policy makers unanimously believe if they just do a little more meddling things will be made right.

    The only way Anglo European countries will ever stop arming and paying their middle eastern satraps, and stop killing and intervening in the region is if they go broke and not because they loose their courage.

    What is so ironic is that American officials from Brzezinski in the 70’s to General Petraeus have advocated arming and funding Arab terror groups like Al Qaida so they can accomplish “important American” foreign policy objectives in countries like Russia and Syria.

  2. Caise Hassan on November 25, 2015 10:19 pm

    This article is very much off the point and not predictive. The “Islamic State Caliphate” did not arise as part of Al Qaeda. They are ex-Baathists who, when the US dismantled the Iraqi army, went underground and re-emerged when the Shiite government became out of favor with the population.

    Al Qaeda is a group of 1000 people and could not fulfill its aspirations. It’s goals are stated pretty clearly by Bin Laden. He stated to Robert Fisk of the London Independent that his intent is to draw the USA into the occupation of Muslim countries and weaken the US through a war of attrition. This is exactly what happened.


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