Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Six Years Later: What Is 9/11?

by Reid Wilson from RealClearPolitics

Professor Douglas Lovelace, a terrorism expert at the U.S. Army War College, suggests that "reasonable people can disagree on the specific start date" of a war with terrorists ... Brian Fishman, a senior associate in the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, says that extremist Salafis, from which al Qaeda springs, have been engaged in a pitched battle with moderate Muslims "for millennia in one form or another." Lovelace himself believes the embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya, the beginning of al Qaeda's current strategy of attacks, were the beginning of the struggle, in 1998. Fishman goes back farther, to 1979, and what he calls "the beginning of the modern Jihadi-Salafi movement."

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