The Right Coast

April 26, 2004
 
Divide and Conquer
By Mike Rappaport

According to the New York Times:
    The call to jihad is rising in the streets of Europe, and is being answered, counterterrorism officials say.

    In this former industrial town north of London, a small group of young Britons whose parents emigrated from Pakistan after World War II have turned against their families' new home. They say they would like to see Prime Minister Tony Blair dead or deposed and an Islamic flag hanging outside No. 10 Downing Street.

    Members of Al Qaeda have "proven themselves to be extremely opportunistic, and they have decided to try to split the Western alliance," the official continued. "They are focusing their energies on attacking the big countries" — the United States, Britain and Spain — so as to "scare" the smaller states.
This sounds to me to be extremely plausible. Sadly, it also sounds quite plausible that terrorist attacks in Europe would be "blamed" on the US and therefore might accomplish what Al Qaeda seeks.