The War on Terrorism
Fri Jul 12, 2013, 02:05 PM
Star Member Taverner (53,836 posts)
Al Queda is not a threat
They got us on 9/11 because of gross incompetence by the Bush Administration. That incompetence carried well into Bush's administration.
Every other attempt has been a pathetic failure.
-Remember the Edinborough Airport bombing attempt? Two doctors, supposedly Al Queda's brightest and best, had this novel idea of filling a van full of gas and driving it into an airport. The problem: traffic barriers right in front. These guys didn't even have the smarts to case out the joint before they did it. The result, 3rd degree burns on the doctors, laughing Scots everywhere else.
- The shoe bomber. The guy uses MATCHES???? MATCHES???? When lighters are fully allowed on planes? I'm surprised the guy was even able to tie his shoes.
- The underwear bomber. Funnier than the Edinburough guys. This guy tries to make his underwear explode, but he doesn't do it in a bathroom, no. That would require thinking. Instead he does this right in his seat, in front of a lot of people who don't want to be blown up.
Now many of us here don't live in Pakistan or Afghanistan, so we have no idea that we have been BOMBING THE SHIT out of these countries, and in doing so we took out almost all of Al Queda. At the same time, we also took out thousands of innocent civilians. I'm not going to get into this issue except to point out that Al Queda is gone. There is no threat. War on terror: won.
It's like we're sitting in Hitler's bunker, picking our teeth with his bones, and saying to ourselves: 'Let's keep WWII going on indefinitely! I'm sure there's some Nazis to the East! (Patton seriously considered continuing into Moscow, so this is not such a strange idea.)
In response to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 to dismantle al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Al-Qaeda's infrastructure in the country was destroyed and their military commander, Muhammed Atef, was killed. Abu Zubaydah, another top operative, was captured in Pakistan. Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri, however, escaped. They have released audio and video messages to the Arab media from time to time.
In March 2003 the U.S. widened the war on terrorism by invading Iraq and deposing Saddam Hussein and his Baath party (see Iraq profile). The decision to encompass Iraq in "the war on terror" was highly controversial. Although President Bush asserted that there was a working relationship between Hussein and al-Qaeda, no solid proof of collaboration between them—specifically on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, or on any other terrorist activities—emerged.
2004—The Madrid Bombing
On March 11, 2004, Spain's most horrific terrorist attack occurred: 202 people were killed and 1,400 were injured in bombings at Madrid's railway station. Evidence soon emerged that al-Qaeda was responsible. By April, a dozen suspects, most of them Moroccan, were arrested for the bombings. On April 4, several suspects blew themselves up during a police raid to avoid capture. Many Spaniards blamed their prime minister's staunch support of the U.S. and the war in Iraq for making Spain an al-Qaeda target. [More on the Madrid bombing.]
2005—The London Bombing
On July 7, 2005, London suffered a terrorist bombing, its worst attack since World War II. Four bombs exploded in three subway stations and on one double-decker bus during the morning rush hour, killing at least 52 and wounding more than 700. A group calling itself the Secret Organization of al-Qaeda in Europe claimed responsibility on a Web site, asserting that the attacks were a retaliation for Britain's involvement in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A year after the bombing, British investigators concluded that the links between the bombers and al-Qaeda were marginal. The four bombers, all born in Britain, had all visited Pakistan, but there was no evidence of any direct support from al-Qaeda.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq
As the Iraqi insurgency has continued, however, suspected al-Qaeda terrorists have moved into the country and are likely responsible for kidnappings and a string of suicide-bomb attacks. In February 2004, U.S. forces intercepted a letter believed to have been written by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian radical. The letter outlined plans to destabilize Iraq by igniting sectarian conflict between Shia and Sunni Muslims. Al-Zarqawi is thought to have been the mastermind behind the 1,000 to 3,000 foreign insurgents fighting in Iraq. For a time, al-Zarqawi appeared to position himself as a rival to bin Laden, but in Oct. 2004 he officially declared allegiance to al-Qaeda, changing the name of his organization from Unification and Jihad to al-Qaeda in Iraq. In an audiotape a few months later bin Laden declared that "the dear mujahed brother Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is the prince of al-Qaeda in Iraq," and announced that "we, in al-Qaeda organization, welcome him joining forces with us."
Despite the U.S. "war on terror," al-Qaeda continues to be a threat worldwide. There have been continued attacks by al-Qaeda terrorists since September 11, 2001. Until his death, Osama bin Laden played an important role in shaping the group's mission, and al-Zawahiri still does. In April, 2004, bin Laden offered a truce to Europe, saying that al-Qaeda would not attack any country, with the exception of the U.S., that withdrew its troops from the Islamic world within three months. European leaders quickly rejected the offer.
In December 2007, Gen. Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the multinational force in Iraq, reported that al-Qaeda in Iraq posed the greatest threat to Iraq's security. Indeed, in January 2008, the U.S. military reported that in 2007, al-Qaeda in Iraq was responsible for some 4,500 attacks against civilians that killed 3,870 people and wounded almost 18,000. By September 2008, however, al-Qaeda in Iraq had been sharply weakened, if not diminished entirely. The success in routing out the terrorist group has been attributed to Sunni Awakening Councils, former tribal leaders and insurgents who turned against al-Qaeda in Iraq as it became increasingly sectarian, and sided with the U.S.
Read more: Al-Qaeda | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/al-qa...#ixzz2YuJ1wTn5
Nope. No threat at all. Taverner really is a special kind of stupid.