Osama Bin Laden recently released
another audio message for the faithful, the third this year. The reason for all
this activity is the bashing al Qaeda is taking in the Moslem media, and
especially on pro-terrorist web sites.
The al Qaeda suicide bombing campaign in Iraq killed the reputation of
the group as a benefactor of the Moslem people. Although al Qaeda has all
manner of tortuous logic to justify such attacks (especially the concept of
"involuntary martyrdom"), the bottom line was that most Moslems did not
appreciate that kind of attention. Al Qaeda attempts to justify all the
killings only made it worse, and the popularity of the terrorist group has
plummeted in the last four years.
has tried to rebrand itself as an essential component in the struggle to
destroy Israel and rescue the Palestinians from "Zionist oppression." This is also a hard sell, as few al Qaeda operatives
have been active in the West Bank or Gaza, and most Arab states are growing
tired of the Palestinian habit of doing the wrong thing at the wrong time.
Moreover, Israel has been very effective in shutting down Palestinian terrorism
activity, and continues to kill or arrest new terrorist groups before they can
make any attacks inside Israel. The only place where al Qaeda is welcome is in
the tribal territories of Pakistan (along the Afghan border). Not surprisingly,
al Qaeda does not carry out many bombings in this area, lest they upset their
hosts. But in neighboring Afghanistan, and the rest of Pakistan, al Qaeda is
hard at it, killing Moslems in very newsworthy suicide bombings.