Trouble In Paradise

In an article just published in Newsweek, Fareed Zakaria argues that sympathy for al-Qaeda, and for the most extreme forms of terrorist jihad, is diminishing throughout much of the Muslim world — due in large part to al-Qaeda’s violent excesses against Muslims themselves, particularly in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Certainly the relentless campaign by the West to deny them safe haven since 9/11 has been an important factor as well.

Certainly a welcome trend, for what it’s worth. Read the article here.

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2 Comments

  1. bob koepp says

    It certainly would be good news if more Muslims were very vocal in denouncing al-Qaeda (and radical Islamism generally). But I haven’t seen the relentless campaign by the West to which you refer. Seems to me we made a lot of noise for a very short time immediately after 9/11, and then turned our attention to the ill-advised venture in Iraq.

    Posted February 16, 2010 at 11:03 am | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Hi Bob,

    I was referring primarily to the continuing effort in Afghanistan and the tribal regions of Pakistan, but also to various less-public operations elsewhere. Iraq also became an important theater after the invasion.

    Posted February 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Permalink