Saturday, October 14, 2006

A Ray Of Hope In Iraq--Al Qaeda Killing Insurgents

--Written from Lyme, N.H.

In Lawrence Wright's excellent book, "The Looming Tower," he suggests that one hope in the present situation is that al-Qaeda is so murderous an organization that it has, and will again, unravel into internecine strife.

These scoundrels have already murdered a mentor. They believe there are so many justifications of killing that they may well end by killing each other, with great regularity. Their resources, Wright also suggests, are not unlimited.

I like these ideas, and I notice in the New York Times today, deep in an article about Iraq, a paragraph that states that Al Arabiya, a Dubai-based television network, has broadcast a video of a man identifying himself as an insurgent leader in Iraq and calling for Osama bin Laden to allow an Iraqi to take over the leadership of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. The man said Iraqi insurgents had been killed by forces under the command of Abu Ayyub al-Masri, an Egyptian who succeeded Abu Musab al Zarqawi when Zarqawi was killed by U.S. forces.

We have to hear more about this, much more, to be sure that the forces opposing ours in Iraq have become riven by rivalies. But this is not the first of such reports.

However, if we persevere, perhaps more of this will occur, and provide an eventual solution for us. Al Qaeda fighting the insurgents, what a delightful idea. It would be like the Arabs killing each other in Gaza.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The term "scoundrels" is a hopelessly inappropriate term to describe Al Qaeda operatives because it implies theft of services as in the treacheries of rogue Wall Street accountants or investment bankers. I get the impression this blogger has almost zero knowledge of the Muslim world.

10/15/2006 12:36 PM  

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