No One is Safe

by Mike on April 25, 2006

in Politics

A coordinated terrorist attack killed 23 people and injured at least 150 in Dahab, Egypt yesterday. Three bombs, in different locations, left blood and body parts scattered in the streets. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this atrocity.

Coming two days after Al Jazeera aired an audio tape on which Osama Bin Laden characterized the U.S. led war on terror as a crusade against Islam, I think this attack will undermine Al Qaeda. Dahab is a tourist spot popular with a wide range of foreigners of all faiths, Muslims included. Bin Laden’s attempt to spin the world’s righteous response to his efforts to slaughter the innocent will ring hollow to Muslims and others who now have to deal with the fact that their friends and family have been senselessly murdered.

It is difficult to say that an event such as this can have a silver lining, but if it is possible to have one, it will be that Bin Laden will be viewed as a fraud by many who may have held a positive view of him or at least felt indifferent. If that is true, expect the remainder of the war against terror to be much more difficult for the 25 percent of Al Qaeda leadership still at large. Bombing areas where you could have found some nutcases to support your cause is no way to make allies. It is a good way to create a backlash. Let’s at least hope this attack causes that backlash.

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Ryan April 25, 2006 at 5:03 pm

But, Bin Ladin said that America was at war with Islam! What gives? Muslims killing muslims? The story must be wrong!

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