Wednesday, July 18, 2007

US Report Indicates Increased Al Qaeda Threat : Today's Cartoon

According to a new U.S. Intelligence Estimate, the Iraq war has lead to the resurgence of Al Qaeda and significantly improved their capability to strike the United States; which means that either Osama Bin Laden is as big a threat now as he was on 9/11, or the White House should probably reconsider its policy of assigning every single act of violence in that country to him.

Oh sure, the United States faces a real threat, but I don't believe it's because "Al Qaeda" has gotten any stronger; but rather it probably has something to do with the fact that the Bush Administration invaded Iraq under false pretenses and managed to turn an entire region against them. "Al Qaeda" it seems is just a convenient way for the White House to clump their opponents (and potential opponents) together, under the same banner; and use it to continue to pursue their aggressive foreign policy of Middle Eastern reform.

If anything, I will say that while the true status (and legitimacy) of "Al Qaeda" will always be in dispute, the influence of that organization is apparent, by the number of "inspired attacks" that are occurring as a result of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan; which is not to say that these acts are being committed by them... To do so would be a lot like saying that every Beatles cover-band is actually the real thing.

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