Monday, December 08, 2003

Fly paper strategy working?


Instapundit cites Citizen Smash - Indepundit who cites MSNBC/Newsweek about how Al-Qaeda is shifting resources to Iraq.

Excerpts:

Osama bin Laden’s men officially broke some bad news to emissaries from Mullah Mohammed Omar, the elusive leader of Afghanistan’s ousted fundamentalist regime. Their message: Al Qaeda would be diverting a large number of fighters from the anti-U.S. insurgency in Afghanistan to Iraq. Al Qaeda also planned to reduce by half its $3 million monthly contribution to Afghan jihadi outfits.
       
All this was on the orders of bin Laden himself, the sources said. Why? Because the terror chieftain and his top lieutenants see a great opportunity for killing Americans and their allies in Iraq and neighboring countries such as Turkey, according to Taliban sources who complain that their own movement will suffer.

Indepundit goes on to comment:

Iraq is a far better place for the Coalition to fight al Qaeda than Afghanistan. We have tremendous military strength in country; the terrain is favorable for modern mechanized warfare; a substantial portion of the population is friendly to us and hostile to terrorists; and our on-the-ground intelligence capabilities are growing stronger every day.

We'll fight al Qaeda anywhere on Earth, but if they want to come to Iraq it will only make our job that much easier. Certainly, we'd rather face the enemy in Mesopotamia than Manhattan.

Looks like that "Fly-Paper Strategy" wasn't such a bad idea, after all.

Bush put it undelicately awhile back by saying, "Bring 'em on." But if the above mentioned items are all true then all the more we need to hold firm in Iraq.

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