Autor: Dan Darling
An Omission of Note: Iraq, Iran, and al Qaeda's master strategist
Last week the Washington Post featured a story on Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, the Spanish-Syrian al Qaeda strategist who wrote the 1,600 page Call for a Global Islamic Resistance.
Judge Juan del Olmo, who is heading up the official Spanish investigation into the attacks, has said that the Madrid bombings were 'were carried out by a local cell linked to a international terrorist network . . . of Islamic fanatics which planted the bombs had links stretching through France, Belgium, Italy, Morocco and to Iraq.' Is it that much to ask that the U.S. intelligence community be at least as informed as members of the Spanish judiciary?
How to head off the next jihad
Tired of Aceh, Afghanistan, Algeria, Chechnya and Kashmir as places to do a spot of jihad? Worried Iraq may be a shrinking market for terrorism, and Pakistan tougher than expected? Consider Thailand - where a little publicized war has raged between Muslim Malay insurgents and Bang-kok's army since 2002.