Bin Laden's Bridge over Troubled Waters

Last month, General David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, told Congress that Yemen could easily become another Afghanistan. Petraeus' info came on the heels of similar information conveyed to Congress a month earlier by Dennis Blair, director of national intelligence. In Blair's U.S. national security threat assessment, prepared annually for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Blair fingered both Yemen and Somalia as two of the world's worst security threats.

Yemen, Blair said, was "reemerging as a jihadist battleground and potential regional base of operations for al-Qaeda to plan internal and external attacks, train terrorists, and facilitate the movement of operatives." Supporting that theory was the fact that when Interpol recently released an orange alert for 85 most wanted terror suspects, the majority of the men (most of whom are Saudis) were listed as believed to be in Yemen. And then just last month, Saudi police discovered a terrorist cave compound in the mountains that run along the Saudi-Yemen border, complete with weapon stockpiles, hostage-holding cells, and camera equipment, ready to film ... something.

Across the sea from Yemen, in Somalia, Blair said, "the influence of the Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabaab" had grow exponentially with the help of "al-Qaeda operatives in the Horn." Earlier this week, CNN ran a headline story, complete with video footage, featuring an American man called Abu Mansoor al-Amriki -- whom al-Qaeda calls "the American" for short -- urging his "Muslim brothers in Mujahid Somalia" to join al-Qaeda. The al-Shabaab terrorist organization, thriving alongside the pirates whose headquarters is also there, is now using hip-hop to promote jihad. This begs the question: who needs Koranic verse when you can scribe lyrics like:

Away from your family, away from our friends, away from ice, candy bars, all those things is because we're waiting to meet the enemy.

Or:

Mortar by mortar, shell by shell, only going to stop when I send them to hell.