When terrorist armies fight, we all win.
Just prior to the anniversary of Al Qaeda’s devastating attack on the United States, the architect of the September 11th murders is speaking out…against his chief competition.
According to a new report from ABC News, a new tape from Al Qaeda head-honcho Ayman al-Zawahiri is filled with violent declarations against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In the rant, al-Zawahiri accuses his rival of “sedition” and claims he has no right to declare himself the ruler of all Muslims. ISIS began as an affiliated branch of Osama Bin Laden’s terror organization before splitting with them more than a year ago. Since then, they have surged ahead in power, control, and financial resources, to say nothing of the battle for publicity – a powerful tool for recruitment.
Explaining his long silence, al-Zawahiri said he did not wish to legitimize the group by addressing them. “We preferred to respond with as little as possible, out of our concern to extinguish the fire of sedition,” Zawahiri said, “but Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his brothers did not leave us a choice, for they have demanded that all the mujahideen reject their confirmed pledges of allegiance, and to pledge allegiance to them for what they claim of a caliphate.”
If these two organizations can simply wipe each other out, it would be to the betterment of the world. Because if the job is left to the U.S. and other western and Middle Eastern nations, our grandchildren will still be debating these issues.
Of course, it’s hard to fight a terrorist army when your defense officials aren’t giving you the lowdown. The Daily Beast reported this week that 50 intelligence analysts at CENTCOM have complained that their ISIS reports are being altered or extinguished before reaching policymakers. This follows a report from last month from Fox News that said the Defense Department was investigating similar complaints made by a civilian employee. The charge is that the Obama administration is being fed a story that makes it sound as though U.S. airstrikes have been more effective than they really are.
Put a weak, ineffective president together with bad intelligence, and you get the mess we now have in Syria and Iraq. This administration had better figure out what’s going on at the Pentagon, because if this group is allowed to grow much stronger, it won’t be long before we have another dark anniversary to remember each year.