OSAMA bin Laden gets it. The terror-master understands that the campaign of bombings and assassinations has backfired in Iraq, erasing popular support for Islamist fanatics and unleashing the forces of freedom.
So World Terrorist No. 1 sent a message to Regional Terrorist No. 1: We’re losing. We need a different strategy.
If that at all sounds familiar, it’s because you read it here first, when I channeled Osama:
Hey, pal. Peace be unto you and all that. Now listen up. The Americans have just about run my group into the ground. Most of my people are rounded up or martyred, our sanctuary is gone, and it’s getting tougher and tougher to recruit new kids. Well, I don’t have to tell you about that last one, do I?
Anyway, it’s not like we here at al Qaeda are going to be doing anything big over in America any time soon. And let’s be honest: Your gang is hurting the Movement over in Iraq. You just don’t know how to get people on your side. But you are good at killing — so why not do a little less killing of our brothers in Iraq, and concentrate on killing heathens in America?
Ralph Peters is a retired Army intelligence officer, author of several novels, nonfiction books, and many scholarly papers for Parameters and other publications. I like to drink and read the news.