February 01, 2013
Now They Tell Us: Al Qaeda Not Harmed by bin Laden Death
Killing bin Laden on May 1, 2011, has not seen a decline in al Qaeda’s influence in the region. CNN reported on Oct. 12 that al-Zawahri, a Muslim Brotherhood hard-liner who succeeded bin Laden as al Qaeda’s leader, stated that “Libyans should move quickly to establish Shariah, the Islamic law.” He called on Algerians “to follow in the footsteps of your brothers in Libya and Tunisia and revolt against your tyrant,” and he also reaffirmed the jihad against the United States.Yeah, I know its Reynold's schtick, nevertheless I'm going to file this under things they should have told us before the election.
When the Arab Spring began, Moammar Gadhafi warned “that al Qaeda would take over Libya if he is overthrown.” Since Gadhafi’s assassination by Islamist militias, large caches of weapons have fallen into the hands of al Qaeda-linked Islamists embedded in Libya. They include al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM); Ansar al-Sharia; Libyan Islamic Fighting Group; Ansar Dine; Boko Haram; and Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa. These Islamists are dangerous and well-armed, and many were involved in the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
Osama bin Laden’s fatwa is still in place, and jihadists will continue to attack U.S. embassies, consulates and our economic interests. We were warned that the Islamists wanted to take control and rule under Shariah law. The U.S. decision makers had a myopic view of the vast Muslim-populated desert region, thinking that democratic institutions would follow regime change.