Some Red Team Musings

We are about half-way to a generation since 9/11, meaning about twelve more years until the same level of undergraduate affection for al Qaeda as the Commmunists enjoyed in 1966 (a generation since the beginning of the Cold War. Presumably al Qaeda’s command is trying to survive as a federated operational entity until this time.

Also presumably, al Qaeda should be looking at ways to stress the federal government while attempting to radicalize some percentage (10% 20%) of non-Muslim fellow travelers within the US. If they are smart about this, they would begin targeting TSA agents and attempt to align their rhetoric with the widespread revulsion the American literatti feels toward the TSA. For instance, our basic human rights to dignity in attempting to live our religion in peace is threatened by some elements of the US government, just as Americans’ own basic human rights to dignity with respect to not being sexually assaulted during travel is also threatened by some elements of the US government.

Al Qaeda has until now lacked the sort of ‘fifth column’ friends that the Soviets had in American Marxists. If they are smart, they will be looking to change that.

5 thoughts on “Some Red Team Musings”

  1. The Soviets’ fifth column was ready-made for them ahead of time. Qutb just doesn’t seem to have the following among American intelligentsia that Marx did.

  2. Oh they’ve had their own sort of fifth column style of support for quite some time… just not as fully developed as the soviets as many of those who are members don’t quite know it.

    Without even trying they have a remarkable ‘useful idiots’ style of support here that tie our hands with regards to effective intelligence gathering, treatment of detainees and rules of engagement on the battlefield.

  3. And, as with the fight against Communism, there’ll be the complication of genuine overreactions and message hijacking by people on the other side of the ideological divide.

    Witness, for example, the debate over the Cordoba House project in NYC. All the questions of who the backers are working for or wanting aside, you have this basic truth (worded here by Stephen Ward in a recent blog post on foreignpolicy.com):

    “The principle of religious tolerance is not a piece of clothing that one can don or doff at will, or as the political winds shift. Indeed, it is most essential not when we are dealing with groups whose beliefs are close to our own and therefore familiar; the whole idea of “religious tolerance” is about accepting communities of faith that are different from our own and that might strike us at first as alien or off-putting. Tolerance doesn’t mean a thing if we apply it only to people who are already just like us.”

  4. I think the difference is that the civil libertarian movement in the U.S. during the 20th Century – especially early on – was closely tied to socialist movements. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Jihad today.

    I remember that for a couple years just after the attacks, there was some noise about “postmodernism” somehow being equivalent to Al-Qaedist sympathy. But I don’t think Michelle Malkin is as popular as she was before jumping the shark with ‘In Defense of Internment.’

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