Politics, Foreign Policy, Current Events and Occasional Outbursts Lacking Couth

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Returning soon

There's been some excellent commentary (welcome Ymarsakar and good to agree with adrian;)) here recently that I've yet to address time being the priceless and rare commodity that it is. I'm currently in New Hampshire and will return to my regularly scheduled broadcast soon. In the mean time let me leave you with this snippet from Bruce Riedel's essay in a Foreign Affairs (May/June '07) article titled Al Qaeda Strikes Back (I'd have gone with Return of the Jihadi, personally.) It may or may not be available online, I'll give it a check upon my return.

" The biggest danger is that al Qaeda will deliberately provoke a war with a "false flag" operation, say, a terrorist attack carried out in a way that would make it appear as though it were Iran's doing."

The Shia presence in both Iraq and the Middle East is number two on al Qaeda's to do list, just a hair behind their initiative to draw America into an assymetrical war in an effort to "bleed" the "evil empire" of cash, soldiers and, perhaps most importantly, resilience and morale. Thoughts on the "false flag" approach are encouraged.

I'll be returning soon. Or as Ahnold once famously stated, "It's not a toomah!"


Adrian said...

Sorry, going to have to disagree with you again - the link to my blog is broken!

As for the "false flag" idea - once again it's apparent how the extremists can combine to crush the center - Al Qaeda can mount a false flag operation (perhaps even with actual assistance from Ahmadinejad or the Pasdaran), which this Administration (or at least the Vice President's office) would be only too happy to believe, and the middle (those who want to settle differences through negotiations - supposedly this includes Rice and Khameini) will be brushed aside.

This is a good essay on the topic of why radical groups must collapse the middle:

Also see The Vital Center by Arthur Schlesinger.

Jay@Soob said...


The link has been fixed, sorry about that!

I'll definitely check out the article.

Ymarsakar said...

Thanks for the welcome, Subadei