Even before the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the experts and insiders I regularly talk to were describing an al Qaeda network and organization on the ropes and in control of nothing, with unaffiliated "home grown" terrorism as the next wave.Arkin goes on to outline how terrorists organizations have been using Iraq as a training ground and recruiting poster for a very widespread terrorist effort.
But over the weekend, I read Ahmed Rashid's sobering account -- "Afghanistan: On the Brink" in the New York Review of Books -- of the resurgence of al Qaeda in south Asia.
Similarly, Anthony Shadid writes from Lebanon in The Washington Post today about the spread of a common movement from Iraq to the Mediterranean.
So now it seems from Nigeria and Somalia to the Lebanon to the Persian Gulf to Pakistan and Bangladesh to Indonesia and the Philippines, even all the way to Toronto and Atlanta, Islamic foot soldiers unite under an Osama bin Laden banner.
Pronouncement's of the death of al Qaeda -- "the base" -- now strikes me as the worst of Washington wishful thinking and a flawed intellectual approach.
I'm a very lucky person with every allergy known to man but still happy to be enjoying a wonderful life living in the best place in the world!