By Karen J. Greenberg
This quantity of displays through a bunch of specialists on foreign terrorism and Al Qaeda represent a necessary synopsis of present wisdom in this terrorist staff and the regulations in position to counter threats of destiny assaults. The articles give a contribution to figuring out how Al Qaeda has developed from a move to an ideology, what impact it has on heart East balance and what persisted probability it's to the us, Europe, and different components of the realm. The members, from academia, examine facilities, govt businesses and the media, signify a go part of famous specialists on Al Qaeda and foreign terrorism. Karen J. Greenberg is the administrative Director of the guts on legislation and safety on the ny collage institution of legislations. She is a traveling Professor of eu experiences at ny college and a member of the Council on overseas family. She is co-editor of The Torture Papers (Cambridge, 2005).
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They tried to attack American military bases. But they did not really care about economic targets. It was not part of the cosmology. They care about economic targets now because they understand that this is the best way, in a sense, to attack the West. Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri made this official policy a year after 9/11. They released audiotapes calling for attacks on Western economic targets. Al Qaeda Then and Now 7 Shortly thereafter the attack in Yemen on the French oil tanker, the Limburg, occurred, and also the attack on the disco in Bali.
What will that actually result in? In the short term, the death of bin Laden might cause a lot of anti-American and anti-Western attacks around the world. In the medium term, it would be a devastating blow to what remains of al Qaeda the organization. And in the long term, unfortunately, it would give tremendous power to bin Laden’s ideas. Sayyid Qutb, who is the Lenin of the al Qaeda movement, was a relatively obscure Egyptian writer before he was executed in 1966 by Anwar Sadat. In death, Qutb’s ideas took on enormous life.
The events of 9/11 could not have happened without the Hamburg cell. Ahmed Rassam, an Algerian who went to Corsica, then to Afghanistan, and then to Canada, tried to blow up LAX Airport. A British citizen, Abu Esa al-Britani, who was arrested in August 2004, was casing American financial institutions. There have been no serious terrorism cases in the United States at all except for Richard Reid, the alleged shoe bomber, and Iyman Faris who had the bright idea of trying to cut through the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge – not a very serious kind of terrorist plot.
Al Qaeda Now: Understanding Today's Terrorists by Karen J. Greenberg