Militants kidnap French family in north Cameroon

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Lowell_Thinks wrote:

“hey honey, I have an idea, let’s go an hang out in Africa now that our military is pounding Islamic Militants with bombs!”

“oh no! they have AK47′s, sacrebleu!”

More airhead foreigners cavorting where they should not be.

Feb 19, 2013 7:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:

Al Qaeda has expanded into northern Africa since the assassination of Osama bin Laden. Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s new leader has decided that blowing up shoes and underwear on airplanes will do less damage than attacking the oil and gas facilities of north Africa and the Arabian peninsula. Al Qaeda is in Yemen, Iraq, and Syria, so it can strike Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and, probably, the other Arab states on the southern Persian Gulf. Al Qaeda is in Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Algeria, Niger, Mali, Nigeria, and Cameroon. Five of these African countries produce oil and gas. The countries adjacent to the named countries are within striking distance of al Qaeda, and, of these, Equatorial Guinea is another major oil producer.

The most likely targets will be pipelines because muslims view oil and gas as their national treasures. Pipeline attacks don’t destroy much fuel, but they make magnificent, impressive fireballs to drive up the terror premiums, so the West will finance insurgent operations through higher prices for oil. The insurgents can impress muslims with their attacks, increase revenues for muslim countries, gain more donations, damage western economies, and let the West pay for all islamic gains and the West’s losses.

Feb 19, 2013 8:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Lowell_Thinks wrote:


“hey honey, I have an idea, let’s go an hang out in Africa now that our military is pounding Islamic Militants with bombs!”

“oh no! they have AK47′s, sacrebleu!”

More airhead foreigners cavorting where they should not be.”

Cute and good for an uniformed/ignorant laugh. They are not tourists.

Feb 19, 2013 10:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse

@MikeBarnett: I don’t exactly agree with everything you write, but too much of it makes a lot of sense. Maybe part of my problem is I’m not sure what al Quada is anymore.

Feb 19, 2013 10:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:

@somewhatSerious

Al Qaeda works like a US Army Special Forces Group: it organizes, trains, and advises insurgents in unconventional warfare. There are about 3,000 members in 60 islamic countries. Their skills include operations and intelligence, light and heavy weapons, construction and demolitions engineering, local and regional communications, advanced first aid to minor surgery, and civil affairs and psychological operations. My former intel sergeant and I (heavy weapons) were part of a group that trained Arabs and Afghans to fight the Soviets in the 1980′s. Al Qaeda has a military chain of command, so using $30 million sniper rifles to fire $300,000 bullets from the air to kill a few at a time loses the war. They promote new leaders and recruit new troops.

Michael Scheuer, the former head of the bin Laden unit at the CIA pointed out that “we fight an enemy that has the goals and resources of a nation state, has no fixed address to attack, recruits from a 1.5 billion person pool, and fights for a cause in which death while killing enemies earns paradise.” He also pointed out that al Qaeda has three reasons that the US can influence: 1. US support for Israel, 2. US bases on the Arabian peninsula, and 3. US support for Arab dictators.

1. If the US supports one country in a war, the other side can attack the US. 15 muslim countries declared war on Israel, 2 made peace treaties, so 13 muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia, have the legal right to attack the US. (15 hijackers and bin Laden came from Saudi Arabia.) 2. On his death bed, Mohammed told his followers not to allow non-believers to keep military forces on the Arabian peninsula. All muslims, including 7 million in the US, have a divine command from the prophet to attack the US until US troops leave the Arabian peninsula. (Major Hasan at Fort Hood, other US incidents, and all global attacks on the US.) 3. The US props up monarchs in the Arabian peninsula, Jordan, and Morocco. (In 2011, the US 5th Fleet in Bahrain refused to protect Shia protestors who are two thirds of Bahrain’s population from Bahrain’s royal thugs aided by royal thugs from other Arabian kings. Compare that with Libya in 2011.)

Feb 20, 2013 3:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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