The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda by Fawaz A. Gerges download in pdf, ePub, iPad
But al-Qaeda still has the power to rattle governments. Further, these branches tend to be as much a liability for the long term strategic interests of Al-Qaeda Central as they are assets. He refused to take orders from bin Laden or Zawahiri and, in fact, acted against their wishes, according to his own desires. The Taliban have spent a decade attempting to recover a country they already controlled before Bin Laden attacked the United States. Al-Qaeda has never been a viable social movement, but truly a fringe group without mass appeal among Muslim opinion.
The Rise and Fall of Al Qaeda offers more than enough evidence for its claims. Built around a series of compelling profiles, the book built on The Far Enemy's themes and bore out its thesis.
Despite their apparent tactical success, U. Freelance writer based in Washington, D. Gerges is persuasive in his claim that al-Qaeda is essentially finished, and in his explanation for its demise. However, Bin Laden overlooked several factors.
In addition, Bin Laden had ignored the Taliban's warnings to focus on defeating internal enemies instead of going after the United States. Next, after successfully overthrowing the Taliban and scattering al-Qaeda, the Bush administration directed its attention and resources towards Iraq. The book is slim but could have stood to be even slimmer with better editing. Things changed once again after the so-called Arab Spring, when the massive show of people power delegitimised the more radical message of al-Qaeda. Most victims are therefore Muslim civilians.
Gerges concludes that the movement has splintered into feuding factions, neutralizing itself more effectively than a Predator drone. At this time, intervention in the Muslim world is only going to inspire new attackers.
It has become a bit of a centre for al-Qaeda, a recruiting ground. Over and again, al-Qaeda has wounded itself by choosing the path of violence.
It was permanently discredited as the purveyor of violence against Muslims. Only then will Al-Qaeda, like Osama bin Laden, not only die, but, finally, be allowed to die. The security of the West is organically linked to that of the rest of the world. He displays evidence that the threat posed by al-Qaeda is overblown and that the organization is in tatters.
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