Apr 04 2008

al-Qaeda Is On The Rocks – Losing Support.

Contrary to the ever-wrong SurrenderMedia (remember the quagmire in Afghanistan, and the failed invasion of Iraq when a sandstorm came through halting progress towards Baghdad for a few hours, or the failure of The Surge?) seems to be barking up the wrong tree again. The myth is al-Qaeda is regrouping and growing stronger in Pakistan. However, others see something else – a declining and failed al-Qaeda’s:

Al-Qaeda’s battle against the US has been a failure and the organisation is in decline, according to a leading international terrorism expert.

Gilles Kepel, French author and academic, says al-Qaeda has been seriously weakened in Iraq and has been unable to attract widespread support in the Muslim world.

“Al Qaeda? It is in decline,” Kepel said in an interview published in the Italian daily, Il Sole 24 Ore . “It has not been able to mobilise the masses and create a consensus inside the Muslim world.”

Kepel, who speaks Arab fluently, is the author of The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West and several other books.

“Al-Qaeda’s base has now shrunk significantly,” he said. “Inside Islamic movements, also the radical movements, there is a very critical process underway with respect to the Jihadi strategy.”

Kepel also said that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri often described as number two to Osama bin Laden was experiencing a “crisis”.

“No-one recognises his right to speak in the name of Islam,” said Kepel. “Zawahiri is in crisis”.

This can be seen in Zawahiri’s latest message, which indicated the same thing to me, a movement on the rocks begging for help:

The latest public message released by No. 2 Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri may signal a change in public-relations moves by the terrorist group in the face of growing doubt about its tactics among Muslim supporters, experts say.

The US official, interpreting the questions and the answers given by Ayman al-Zawahiri, said: “They’ve been taken to the online woodshed on a number of things.”

“Some of the questioners are raising tough issues, such as the legitimacy of murdering innocent civilians and the effectiveness of Al Qaeda’s overall strategy,” the US official, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters. “Since Al Qaeda chose what questions to address, it suggests Al Qaeda’s tactics have raised serious concerns – even among potential sympathizers – and that the group’s leadership recognizes that it has some serious explaining to do,” he said.

There are a lot more sources and quotes at the linked article, definitely read this one. My previous posts on the Zawahiri and Bin Laden announcements are here, here and here and came to the same conclusion. The SurrenderMedia keeps interpreting the news through their defeatists eyes. Everything is evidence of the still pending failure against terrorism they have been predicting since 9-11. The fact is we have been decimating al-Qaeda and what is left of them is retreating, badly beaten, to Pakistan for what could be their last stand. Don’t expect the news media to finally face up to their long running mistakes and report the truth – it would only emphasize how wrong they have been all this time. And facing that reality is beyond the capabilities of the SurrenderMedia and Surrendercrats in Congress.

The fact is if the news media reported this news the entire political dynamic in this country would abruptly change. The concept al-Qaeda is losing would bring a sea-change in public opinion on many, many fronts.

15 responses so far

15 Responses to “al-Qaeda Is On The Rocks – Losing Support.”

  1. crosspatch says:

    I thought this article speaks to this point as well:

    Muslims Leaving Islam in Droves

    Pope Benedict’s choice to publicly baptize the most prominent Muslim in Italy, Egyptian-born Magdi Allam, highlights a quiet worldwide exodus from Islam. In recent years, millions have moved on. With this high-profile action, Pope Benedict demonstratively blesses this massive conversion from the highest levels of the Church.

  2. 75 says:

    Crosspatch, Good POV. And yet…the only news we received of this event was just the opposite…negative media handwringing over the Pope’s actions and the threats against Allam.

  3. truthhard2take says:


    not yet, blamed on “AQ”. truth (not easily conceded) is as long as US occupiers stay in Iraq, some locals will choose the taqfiri option, enough to cause havoc. solution? bring ’em home.

  4. crosspatch says:

    Truthtard: bringing them home won’t change anything. We had no troops in Iraq or Afghanistan when they pulled off 9/11. Having troops there is not what has caused anything. In fact, it is quite the opposite.

    When they bombed the WTC during the Clinton Administration we were in the process of SAVING Muslims from the Serbs in Bosnia and Kosovo. Your logic is bad. WE don’t precipitate these acts, THEY do. It isn’t OUR fault that they blow stuff up, it is THEIRS. Until you are ready to stop projecting you own self-loathing through your politics, there is nothing anyone can say to you. You simply want to blame your country (and by extension yourself) for all that is bad in this world. In other words, I fear you might be a couple of nuggets short of a happy meal.

  5. Boghie says:

    ‘The Truth is Too Hard to Take!!!’,

    The NYT reports that millions are being bombed by Iraqi National forces. The Arab Street is rising. Basra has fallen into Halliburton’s oil fields.

    Common Dreams has sleuthed the NYT article for even greater affect. The Lancet Study Group further determined that 27.6 million Iraqis have died as a result of the war.

    There is no hope!!!

    Only Surrender.

  6. Boghie says:

    The Truth is Too Hard to Take!!!’,

    I am starting to get the picture as you see it. NYT, Larry Johnson, Lancet Studies, Juan Cole. All unimpeachable. Visionary. Always right.

    Problems in Northern Iraq as well.

    In northern Iraq, Sunni Arab terrorists have changed their tactics recently, moving about in the open much more frequently.

    It seems that the Sunni and al-Qaeda Minutemen are initiating Tet 2008 just in time for the Petraeus testimony.

    Well trained Minutemen in the south. Seasoned fighters in the north.



    Time to Quit.

  7. Whippet1 says:

    Good God, does it ever shut up! Truth is the perfect argument against public assistance. It obviously doesn’t work since It rambles here 24/7. I sure the hell don’t want my tax dollars supporting this imbecile. If It does work It’s company is really getting the shaft…

    It’s also the perfect argument for contraception. What an embarrassment It must be.

  8. Boghie says:

    The link below seems to be the best summary of the southern command conflict in Iraq (Basrah and Sadr’s ‘strongholds’).

    A look at Operation Knights’ Assault by Bill Roggio.

    It reminds me why I donate to him.

    It is very balanced, and provides background to the early failures in Basrah. Apparently, those failures were rectified. However, our local Troofer – who claims the troof is hard to take – can reach for some nuggets of surrender and failure. On the other hand, I still recommend this fine NYT reporter to our Troofer. His unbiased and factual reporting has been the basis for all NYT war reporting for decades.

  9. AJStrata says:


    For the first time since I started this blog hard2take has me considering banning someone for being a rambling idiot. On the flip side, he reminds everyone why we can’t be complacent and let liberals slip into office. This person could be the next secretary of state! The dems have very low standards when it comes to selecting leaders.

  10. WWS says:

    My 2 cents is that “hard2take” has never added a single element of value to any of your posts -in fact his comments often destroy a thread and destroy anyone’s desire to comment on them. He hijacks threads and makes people talk about HIM and his stupid comments rather than about what you wrote. Ban him, your blog will be better for it.

  11. Dorf77 says:

    I agree with the boss. It is often necessary to have repeat examples of Blithering (as in Idiot) in order to maintain focus. Besides the best way of dealing with one is to ignore It.

  12. 75 says:

    If I get a vote, AJ. I recommend keeping these dingbats around just for the sheer entertainment value. 🙂

  13. truthhard2take says:

    We had no troops in Iraq or Afghanistan when they pulled off 9/11

    But as Ron Paul pointed out in the debates by way of teaching the fool Giuliani something basic, we did have a longstanding anti-Islamic, anti-Palestinian pro-Israeli policy which motivated many of the hijackers to blowback.

    Ooops, now we have even worse. Troops actively engaged in Iraq
    in a quagmire, along with aforementioned policy. So don’t look for worldwide jihad membership in all its forms to decline anytime soon.

  14. Dorf77 says:


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