Taking In Tyrants: Yemen Manslayer Flys to United States For Medical Aid

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The Arab Spring in Yemen Takes a Dangerous Turn, for America

 

Yemeni President Ali Adbulla Saleh is adamantly insisting that he will receive medical treatment in the United States for his war wounds.  President Obama’s decision to allow or reject Saleh will either anger millions or send recruits directly to Al Qaeda.

While attempting to quell the Arab Spring in Yemen Saleh kill hundreds, risked civil war, and was nearly killed by an improvised explosive device.

The revolution is still struggling to gain power against Saleh’s loyalists; however, they have forced concessions.  Saleh recently resigned from his presidency.  This is only a token move: his son still controls the army and his vice president is almost certainly going to succeed Saleh.  The Arab Spring Movement in Yemen has won a major battle, there is still a long war ahead of them.

Now Saleh is demanding medical attention in the United States, cornering the United States into a lose-lose situation.

If the government allows the tyrant to receive medical treatment this will be a stunning blow to the Arab Spring.  Saleh has killed nearly two thousand of protesters and soldiers fighting for a more honest government.  By providing medical treatment, rather than arresting, Saleh the United States is condoning his actions.  Just allowing him into the country communicates to the world that America is okay with those who orchestrate genocide.  The revolutionaries, American peace activists, and American Muslim community would all be outraged.  These groups are gaining more power every year, while doing good, it would be disastrous to take this humanitarian route.

However, America also is endangered if Obama blocks Saleh’s visit.

American investment in the Arabian Peninsula is critical to our national security.  Al Qaeda splinter cells have nested and flourished in Yemen during this last year of strife while the separatist Houthis are forming a small nation-state in northern Yemen.  The country is the very definition of destabilized.

If America rejects Saleh it aggravates the country.  Loyalists across Yemen will be aggravated by their president’s rejects.  Al Qaeda will utilize the incident for recruiting.  After the rejection many Yemenis will have a lot of undirected anger at the Americans.  Who better than Al Qaeda to take advantage of anti-American sentiments.

Like I said, this is a lose-lose situation: either Obama antagonizes the Muslim world or arms Al Qaeda.

This microcosm of the results of the Arab Spring reflects the part the Western World will play after the tyrants from Bahrain to Syria are cast out.  Governments in exile, royal families, and other unwanted pre-Arab Spring structures will flee to Europe and America for safety.  This incident displays the question: should we take in butchers while angering own citizens or reject killers and build a more fearsome terrorist threat.  There are no easy answers.

Personally, I believe all dictators of genocide should have access to medical treatments, such as electric chairs and firing squads.

Al-Qaeda Winning Hearts and Minds: How America Can Learn From Terrorists

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20110718 Mali arrests alleged al-Qaeda informants | مالي: اعتقال مُخبرين للقاعدة | Le Mali arrête des informateurs d'al-Qaida

West African forces are fighting Al Qaeda in West Africa, they face stiff resistance

Chocolate bars can do more to win wars than machine guns.

As their Middle East strongholds are besieged al-Qaeda branches have taken root in Mali.  Despite being vilified in the modern world as heinous terrorists the herdsman in Mali know them as neighborly philanthropists.  Armed patrols from al-Qaeda training camps regularly pass wells throughout the area and consistently make a sincere effort to ingratiate themselves with the locals.  The men make charitable donations to local herdsmen; children are given chocolate bars,the ill are given medicine free of charge, the injured are given food for free, and newborn babies get a fresh set of clothes.  All they take is water from the pumps, but it seems to the nomads that the Al-Qaida soldiers were not looking for water in the first place.

They were looking for trust.  They have found it in many of the increasingly loyal villagers.

Since the foundations of  the African arm of  Al-Qaeda, whom call themselves AQIM meaning Al-Qaeda Islamic Maghred, has expanded operations from Algeria into Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad, Senegal, and Nigeria.  The nomads in Mali are friendly with the terrorist group just as the Mali government is; Al-Qaeda and the ruling party have adapted a live and let live policy.  This has brought peace to Mali while paramilitary operations and abductions of Western nationals have challenged the surrounding nations.  Many new recruits to AQIM are from Mali, due to the successful hearts and minds campaign.  Since 2006 the number of jihadists has grown from an estimated one hundred to estimates around three hundred.  They are no longer alien foreigners to the region; AQIM is just part of the culture.

With only funds ransomed through kidnappings, Al-Qaeda has secured a foothold for the future on the loyalties of a region on a budget.  Meanwhile the $1.283 trillion dollar wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have brought about an unstable peace, punctuated with corrupt governments and suicide bombings.  Chocolate bars have bought a more stability than the world’s armies.

Hearts and minds campaigns are far more important to the future of warfare than any other method of influence.  The best wars are the ones that you never have to fight.  Al-Qaeda has learned to win over a populace using sincere intentions and token gifts.  Osama Bin Laden did it in Afghanistan and now AQIM is doing it in Africa.  They know how to win hearts and minds.  America does not.

My point is simple; rather than expanding our military budget the American government should be expanding its international aid budget.  A B-2 bomber costs 2.4 billion dollars to build.  It costs a mere twenty-five cents to feed a child in Africa for a day.  Rather than building one plane to drop bombs and kill people we could get 9.6 billion meals for the impoverished.

The costs  for one plane could feed the continent of Africa three meals a day for three days; I believe full stomachs of potential allies would do more damage to Al Qaeda than the most precise of bombs.  America must adapt to wars of the twenty-first century and must make a determined effort to win the hearts and minds of the international population in order to prevent outbreaks of terrorism abroad and here at home.

Terrorism 2.0: Al Qaeda’s Terrorism Disseminated To New Independent Radicals (The TEA Party of the Middle East)

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20110729 Jihadist websites tempt Mauritanian boys | المواقع الجهادي تغوي الشبان الموريتانيين | Les sites web djihadistes, une tentation pour les jeunes Mauritaniens

Featured: The Recruiting Office For New Terrorists

The Arab Spring is a double-edged sword: on one hand it lays the groundwork for democracy in the Middle East while in other regions untraceable terrorism is proliferated.  This dark threat is Terrorism 2.0.

What is Terrorism 2.0?

Moroccan authorities recently broke up two terrorist cells who were planning to attack police stations, French journalists, and Jewish businesses in Casablanca.  Saudi authorities have worked tirelessly over the last several years and have captured over 149 terrorists as well.

These arrests are notable because these cells never trained with or contacted Al Qaeda.  The only linking thread between the two is their terrifying ideology.  The zeitgeist of terrorist threat has become more nebulous as more independent cells threaten international stability.

Who Are These Independent Terrorists?

They are the foot soldiers of Terrorism 2.0.

Regardless of where new terrorists crop up all recruits have several similar characteristics.  First, they are indignant and horrified by perceived Western aggressions against Islam.  Second, economic, political, and social woes are largely attributed to the “Western menace.” Finally, converts join with fanatic groups to carry out plots of death and destruction.  That is what makes them terrorists.

Al Qaeda previously scooped up these radicals, crafting them into walking bombs.  That was Terrorism 1.0; today we live in a brave new world.  After a decade of full-fledged war against Al Qaeda new converts now have to train themselves because Al Qaeda is too weak to train them.  Members of Terrorism 2.0 plot in Internet forums and work independently from any central organization.

New terrorists have little training, but they are hard to pick out of the larger population.  Al Qaeda is now more of a social movement than a structure organization.  These independent terrorists are just well publicized guerrillas.  Regardless, they are still a notable threat.

Is Islam a Religion For Terrorists?

No.

Islam is inherently a good and ethical religion.  For example, one of the core values Islam stresses alms giving.  Islamic priests preach the same moral qualities that their Christian counterparts do.  The only major distinction between the religions is that Islam believes in religious prophets after Jesus, culminating with Muhammad, and Christians do not.  The majority of followers of the Islamic faith, Muslims, do not subscribe to any part of the extremist philosophy that has made Islam infamous.

Many uneducated critics point to the term of Jihad to justify contempt of Muslims.  Jihad not a reason to hate Islam, instead it is a core justification behind why the faith is a good.  This term has many definitions, ranging from a tough internal struggle to a secular war in the defense of Islam.  At its heart, Jihad is the goal of every Muslims to aspire to do the right thing despite external coercion and internal desires.  This is the same value taught to kindergarteners.  There is nothing inherently threatening about Jihads.

How Should We View Terrorism 2.0?

The independent terrorists are the TEA Party of the Middle East.

Both are simply religious fanatics acting on rampant bigotry.  For example, both share anti-Semitic targets and religiously conservative methodologies.  Only the specific religion of the two is different; the TEA Party has Christianity while the Muslim terrorists have Islam.  Both faiths are equally dangerous in these wrong hands.

Only once Jihad is polarized to the point of suicide bombings does it become dangerous.  Of course, Christianity is also dangerous once it has been weaponized by the TEA Party and fired upon minorities, such as the homosexual population.

Terrorism 2.0 is already epidemic in the Middle East.

My question is will Terrorism 2.0 develop in the TEA Party? Many speculate it already has.

Morale Gone: American Troops in Afghanistan Endangered More by Mental Disorders than Insurgents

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Morale for the 100,000 troops, fighting the longest war in the history of the United States, is at an all time low.  The terror tactics of the guerrilla Taliban have killed dozens of Americans without firing bullets and have injured thousands with life threatening Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental disorders.  Suicides have risen and morale has plummeted.  All American troops are now endangered, both by psychological assaults and a weakening military.

Why is Morale Failing?

The psyche of the soldiers is under assault from a perpetual threat of terrorism; the psychological weight of the war puts soldiers at risk to themselves and their fellow combatants.  The mental stamina of American troops has degraded during this war.  Psychologists confirm (what common sense tells) that terrorism is linked to mental health disorders.  This naturally sinks morale

What Evidence Shows Morale is Falling?

Army psychologists have identified over 66,935 cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a severe anxiety disorder which plagues soldiers with asocial tendencies and painful flashbacks, during the War in Afghanistan.  The number of cases grows with each year.  Further evidence suggests a generally low morale; there were 339 non combat related deaths of American personal 60, or roughly twenty percent, were suicides.  More soldiers have been injured by mental disorders than by insurgent encounters.

The battlefield is even more dangerous to the integrity of the soldiers minds. A vicious onslaught of terrifying assaults from Taliban back militants have killed more American troops in the spring of 2011 than at any point in the entire war, except the initial invasion.  In this last February there were twenty lost, in March there were 31 casualties, and during April 47 American troops who were killed in action.  Soldiers are under higher threats of death and injury; this knowledge burdens them.

In addition these American sacrifices, to restore democracy to a troubled nation and defeat the Al Qaeda, seem to be in vain.  Afghanistan remains one of the most corrupt countries in the world with an economy dependent on opium.  The Taliban are only growing in strength and Al Qaeda is threatening to take control over revolting countries in the Middle East.  Morale has fallen off a cliff.

Why Does Morale Matter? 

Morale dictates the soldiers willingness to fight.  A strong sense of nationalism and faith in the war gives soldiers a reason to fight and definitively gives them a better chance of wining any battle.  Soldiers with low morale are less likely to fight effectively, endangering themselves and the entire army.  In the worst situations, which it has not deteriorated to in Afghanistan, armies simply desert en masse.  Low morale aided American defeat in Vietnam, however high morale during World War Two succeeded in a one-sided two-front victory.  Morale wins wars.

How will Morale Be Restored?

It wont. Unless there are decisive social victories in Afghanistan

The infamous Osama Bin Laden Assassination in Pakistan was a single bright flare of hope for the troops.  Recently they have been clearing out the worst combat zones of Afghanistan; grueling and dangerous work as they search enemy territory for combatants and weapons caches.  The Taliban is stepping up the pressure at the same time, launching daring guerrilla raids and diabolical IED explosions.  The Defense Department has announced that it expects higher casualties because of these methods.  This will continue to erode morale.

American forces have planned to leave the struggling democracy in 2014.  At such times morale will rise, because soldiers are no longer fighting in a perpetual war in an unstable region of the world.  Morale will return after it is needed.

Hidden Motives of US Invasion of Afghanistan

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There are two possible ulterior motives that the United States had for invading Afghanistan; valuable metals and geopolitics.  These hidden interests were critical in Bush choosing to invade Afghanistan, rather than other nations housing Al Qaeda and continues to play a critical role in the future development America’s foreign policy in Asia; whether they are facing the nuclear warheads of Iran or the aggressive Chinese military.

What Valuable Metals are in Afghanistan?

While investigating old Soviet mineral studies of the country American geologists discovered that there were a trillion dollars worth of metal in Afghanistan.  This mineral deposit is perhaps the largest in the world, containing valuable metals like gold and silver, along with rare metals such as platinum and rhodium.  Should Afghanistan stabilize these minerals will be mined, I personally suspect the Afghani people will be exporting these minerals to their American liberators.  This will be lucrative for both parties.

If this is in fact an ulterior motive American troops invaded Afghanistan so corporations and lawmakers could turn a profit and help the international economy.  These influential executives did know about the minerals before hand, they did posses the Soviet geological surveys that dated much earlier.  There greed helped liberate a suppressed nation, but all killed several thousand American soldiers.

What is Geopolitics?

Geopolitics is the foreign policy based on a study, evaluation, and utilization of strategic locations around the world, both for economic and security reasons.  This is Afghanistan:

Afghanistan and Surrounding Nations

Why is Geopolitics Important to American Foreign Policy?

America is a global superpower; it maintains its military dominance by brining countries all around the world under its influence to combat enemies.  Israel is an American foothold in the Western Middle East, South Korea has 25,000 armed American troops, and there are 116,400 American soldiers scattered throughout Europe.  Without friendly nations American troops cannot safely deploy, either they would have to risk parachuting in or illegally stationing troops in disgruntled neutral counties.  Both of these options are unfavorable.  Afghanistan is in a perfect place for future American foreign geopolitical policy.

Afghanistan borders two possibly threatening nations: Iran and China.

Why is Iran Dangerous?

Iran actively pursues an anti-American agenda, building nuclear weapons while denouncing American policy.  There may come a day when American troops need to be deployed quickly into Iran, to seize and dismantle weapons of mass destruction or damage the nation to the point that Iran collapses.  National security is perhaps the most important concern of any nation; if America did not protect itself it would quickly be seized or invaded by less virtuous nations.

To defend itself American needs a friendly outpost near Iran; Afghanistan is the ideal country.  They share a long mountainous border, which is virtually impossible for defending Iranian troops to fully monitor.  Troops deployed into Iran may be able to avoid fighting Iran head on, seizing victory and the weapons of mass destruction without significant, if any casualties.

Why is China Dangerous?

China is the second most powerful superpower in the world and is set to surpass the gross domestic product of American by 2020, at that time it will become the dominant superpower of the world.  It has the world’s largest populationlargest energy usage, and the largest military in the world.  It is a potentially lethal rival to America; should the two nation war it is unknown who would come out on top, if anyone.

In addition to this China has had an aggressive foreign policy, occupying defenseless nations and backing dictators.  Tibet was invaded by Chinese troops in 1950, has killed tens of thousands of the natives in the process of annexing the country.  North Korea is supported by China; with this relationship it is almost certain North Korea totalitarian communist regime would have crumbled.  Sudan committed large-scale genocide in Darfur under Chinese protection, who received large amounts of gold and oil while arming the Sudanese with modern weapons.  China is dangerous, perhaps the single most threatening country in the world.

Should China threaten America troops need to be able to deploy to the region to defend America; it would be preferable to fight World War Three in the Chinese Heartland instead of the American coastline.  Already American has geopolitical outposts in Taiwan and South Korea, Afghanistan gives them a third root of attack should it be necessary. Ideally troops will never have to be mobilized; the threat of violence should stave off the Chinese.  Hopefully.

Was The American Invasion of Afghanistan Unjustly Wrong?

These ulterior motives are not the core reason America went to war in Afghanistan.

America had clear, morally correct justification for liberating Afghanistan; it was a gallant counterstrike against the Al Qaeda to extract vengeance for the tragedy of September 11, 2001.  This conflict freed a suppressed people from an extreme Islam government and crippled the largest terrorism organization in the world.

Secondary ulterior motives were not what caused the invasion, but they played a crucial role in where the invasion took place.

President Bush choose to invade Afghanistan, rather than other nations that housed Al Qaeda such as SomaliaEritrea, and Yemen .  Afghanistan was important in the present; it broke up the high command of Al Qaeda and decimated the terrorist organization.  In the future it may prove to be economically crucial and key to America’s security.  It may not should history evolve in unexpected ways.

The true value of the Afghanistan and the noble troops who died liberating it, still has yet to be seen as the world progresses into the early twenty-first century.

 

149 Sleeper Cell Terrorists Captured

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General Mansur Al-Turki, spokesperson of Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry of Security,  announced at a press conference that over the last eight months that Saudi Arabia has captured and imprisoned 149 sleeper cell militants.  They may be the largest personal lost Al Qaeda has suffered since America invaded Afghanistan.

Who and What was Captured?

There were nineteen sleeper cells who were captured; ten were independent sleeper cells, a four cell group, a three cell group, and a two cell group.

The independents generally had closer ties directly to Osama Bin Ladin and the Yemen Branch of Al Qaeda, better known as AQAP.  These cells focused primarily on manufacturer explosives, distributing those explosives, and training militants in the construction of bombs.  Their bombs were going to be involved in planned attacks on numerous security and military facilities across Saudi Arabia.  The majority of their recruits were young male teenagers, on holy pilgrimages to Mecca.  They were militarized and radicalized by the extremist ideology of Al Qaeda.  Boys like these wayward youth make of the majority of the soldiers that fight for branches of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen.

The largest group of had four cells and forty-one terrorists.  They had numerous ties to AQAP in Yemen; the spokesperson announced they had terrorism plots in the advanced stages.  The terrorists focused on targeting security officers and security facilities like checkpoints and police stations.  This high coordinated and very advanced branch of Al Qaeda was captured with a small arsenal of weapons, mostly AK-47’s and RPGs, and dozens of laptops.  It is speculated that this group posed the largest threat to the stability of the Saudi Arabian government.

The second largest group had three cells and twenty-four terrorists.  Chiefly they planned to target military complexes such as air strips and small military bases.  They also had planned to assassinate key personal in the high levels of government and the media, both domestic and international.  They targeted journalists, hoping to eliminate non Al Qaeda oriented opinions in Saudi Arabia, posing the largest known threat to the media in the Middle East.

The smallest coordinated group had only two cells and sixteen members.  Unlike the other seventeen cells these terrorists focused on financially funding other branches of Al Qaeda.  They helped quarterback the gathering of 2.24 million Saudi riyals, worth roughly $600,00 US dollars.  These funds were to be used to arm and support the militants in Yemen and Somalia.  Funds were gathered by the terrorists; they deceived donors, claiming that the funds would go to help Muslims in poor countries.

What Affects Will this Have on Al Qaeda?

Capturing nearly a hundred and fifty militants will severely injure Al Qaeda on the Arabian peninsula and may lead to more exposed sleeper cells internationally.  Less than ten thousands men make up the total forces of Al Qaeda, perhaps as low as five thousand.  By capturing a hundred and fifty terrorists Saudi Arabia has imprisoned as much as 3% of the total man power of Al Qaeda, an impressive number that rivals the total number the America has captured in its lengthy campaign in Afghanistan.

Mansur Al-Turki stated that he had already informed Interpol and Yemen Interior Security of numerous sleeper cells outside the borders of Saudi Arabia.  Some of the captured terrorists were African, hinting that they discovered cells in Somalia; others were described as South Asian, so this would probably lead to exposure of cells in Indonesia, the single largest Muslin country.  Capturing these men will lead to uncovering additional of sleeper cells throughout the world, twisting the dagger in th heart of Al Qaeda.

What Have We Learned About Al Qaeda?

We have gained valuable knowledge about the radical ideology of AQAP’s branch of Al Qaeda.  Mansur Al-Turki announced that his officers had discovered a unified set of codes that outlines the direction AQAP will go in during the future.  He stated they are actively,

-Publishing takfirist ideology*

-Facilitating the transfer of recruiting cells to troubled regions

-Carrying out criminal operations that aim to spread chaos around the world

-Destabilizing security in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the USA

-Raising funds to support Al Qaeda, both at home and abroad

(* Takfirist ideology is a radical Al Qaeda and Taliban creed that has moves away from traditional Muslim beliefs and openly encouraged terrorism.  It is denoucned by the vast majority of Muslims.)

While this initial finding may appear worthless, addition information coupled with this known ideology can help authorities locate where future terrorists activities will take place.  This finding may someday save innocent lives.

An addition there was evidence supporting that Al Qaeda is moving towards further isolating the sleeper cells.  Up until this point they have favored groups of sleepers cells, as many as ten connected cells.  The large number of cells made it easier for each group to act effectively and independently, while it did threaten security.  This new system means that each job is further compartmentalized,  breaching one cell will not bring down an entire operation like it did in this latest incident.  Authorities will have to capture coordinators, men who organize large groups of cells and start new ones, in order to find large numbers of cells.  This gives the individual cells more security and more independence while limiting their power.  This will lead to numerous ineffective smaller terrorism events internationally, there will be more attacks but they will each do far less damage.

Questions to Ask our Allies:

Of the 149 militants there was only one women, who was imprisoned for posting “Al Qaeda Ideology” on the internet.  She has recently been released into the custody of her family.  This is not unheard of, there have been precedents of so-called terrorists being released into the custody of their families.  On follow up interviews these alleged terrorists generally only had tenuous links to Al Qaeda at best, some were swindled into supporting terrorism while others were merely in the wrong place at the wrong time.  In some circumstances these “terrorists” were almost certainly imprisoned so that the government could gain leverage over important unruly subjects.  She was convicted of posting “Al Qaeda Ideology” on the Internet, but there has been no evidence to support this and they later released her after a short scare.

America and the European Union should congratulate and support Saudi Arabia in their sleeper cell bust, however they must also recognize that these numbers might be inflated with political prisoners.  Saudi Arabia has a checkered past concerning political prisoners, they have done it in the past but recently they have either stopped the illegal incarceration of innocents or have gotten better at covering it up.

America and the European Union should help Saudi Arabia, it is the best way to eliminate the real terrorists, but they also must pressure Saudi Arabia to stop using the threat of terrorism to eliminate political opponents of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, who currently rules Saudi Arabia.  Stabilization of the Middle East, by eliminating unethical practices, is the best way to defeat Al Qaeda, who public support just to survive.  Destroy that support and Al Qaeda will be crushed under the wrath of the common man.

Sources: AAWSAT, GlobalPost, and TheHindu.

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