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By Karen J. Greenberg

This quantity of shows through a bunch of gurus on foreign terrorism and Al Qaeda represent a useful synopsis of present wisdom in this terrorist crew and the regulations in position to counter threats of destiny assaults. The articles give a contribution to realizing how Al Qaeda has advanced from a move to an ideology, what impact it has on center East balance and what persevered hazard it really is to the us, Europe, and different components of the realm. The individuals, from academia, learn facilities, govt companies and the media, signify a pass portion of famous specialists on Al Qaeda and overseas terrorism. Karen J. Greenberg is the administrative Director of the guts on legislation and defense on the big apple collage college of legislations. She is a vacationing Professor of eu reviews at manhattan collage and a member of the Council on overseas kinfolk. She is co-editor of The Torture Papers (Cambridge, 2005).

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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. Tourism and oil are obviously central to the global economy. And if you think about it from the perspective of bin Laden, al Qaeda is now beginning to have strategic successes. It may give you psychological satisfaction to blow up a synagogue if you are a member of al Qaeda.

But, as it stands, we are behind the curve. The biggest challenge is that the audience share now is calculated not just in reference to al Jazeera or al Arabiya, but increasingly by mouthpieces of the terrorist organizations themselves, whether it’s on the Internet where terrorists are completely bypassing our media or by outfits like al Manar. Hezbollah has a TV Al Qaeda Then and Now 21 station that is regularly watched more than its competitors in Jordan, for example, in times of crisis and for breaking news.

The war on terror is perceived in the minds of many in our part of the world as more of a war of terror rather than a war on terror. Bin Laden became the hero of so many people, not because he attacked the United States, but simply because he spoke the minds of so many people. He dared to ask the right questions. We have to make the distinction between al Qaeda the organization and al Qaeda the idea. We also have to make the distinction between what bin Laden says and how he says it and what bin Laden does and how he does it.

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