1.19.2006

Creating Monsters


I've written time and time again in these pages that a fundamental strategy of The Doubleduh-Cheney Gang is to create and recreate the conditions of endless war. These are not "incompetent people", as Molly Ivins and others maintain. This is planned. It not only keeps them in business, but gives them opportunities to grab unlimited power in the name of "national security".

Now, it seems, they're playing their next card from this black stench of a deck. In a UPI story today, "Iraq war could create a new bin Laden", Peter Bergen and Steve Coll, both strong terrorism experts, analysts, and authors, claim that The Gang's actions are not reducing the chances of terrorism, but increasing it. Clips:
While working as a terrorism analyst for CNN in 1997, Bergen became the first Western television reporter to interview Osama bin Laden. In his new book, "The Osama bin Laden I Know," Bergen uses interviews with family, schoolmates and comrades-in-arms to trace the development of bin Laden's religious and political motivations. Speaking at the New America Foundation on Jan. 17, Bergen called the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan a catalyst in the life of the al-Qaida leader and suggested that the American invasion of Iraq would mark a similar turning point in the lives of future terrorists . . .

Consequently, both authors believe that a practical mechanism for dealing with bin Laden is simply not available. From Bergen's point of view, bin Laden has two choices at this point, "He can disappear into the history books and never say anything again or he can remain in the game and risk the possibility of revealing himself." At this point in the development and disintegration of al-Qaida, Bergen believes that bin Laden has carved out a role for himself as the elder statesmen, playing a role in the media battle . . .

A new generation of terrorists, such as the younger second-in-command of al-Qaida, Ayman Zawahiri, is fully engaged in the digital age. Jihadist Web sites can now offer information to multiple points in time and space while still waging a traditional guerilla war. "All policy that hopes to succeed in that space," said Coll, "must participate in that space and not operate on the 1950s model that if we build more and bigger towers than we can defeat them."
Of course, since one bin Laden has served The Gang well, the notion of several must make them drool. Ooops, sorry - they drool just fine anyway.