Fredag den 22. juli skrev Jennifer Rubin i Washington Post:
There is a specific jihadist connection here: “Just nine days ago, Norwegian authorities filed charges against Mullah Krekar, an infamous al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist who, with help from Osama bin Laden, founded Ansar al Islam – a branch of al Qaeda in northern Iraq – in late 2001.”This is a sobering reminder for those who think it’s too expensive to wage a war against jihadists. I spoke to Gary Schmitt of the American Enterprise Institute, who has been critical of proposed cuts in defense and of President Obama’s Afghanistan withdrawal plan. “There has been a lot of talk over the past few months on how we’ve got al-Qaeda on the run and, compared with what it once was, it’s become a rump organization. But as the attack in Oslo reminds us, there are plenty of al-Qaeda allies still operating. No doubt cutting the head off a snake is important; the problem is, we’re dealing with global nest of snakes.”
Dette er nok en af de mest effektive påmindelser, man overhovedet kan få, om at nogle gange er det bedre at vente og se, hvad der faktisk er sket, før man sætter autopiloten på. Det lader til at dem, der vil “wage a war against jihadists” er blevet et større problem for Europa (og i hvert fald for Skandinavien) end Al Qaeda nogensinde har været. Men det kan kun tiden vise.
Via As’ad Abukhalil, der også citerer James Fallows fra The Atlantic: “No, this is a sobering reminder for those who think it’s too tedious to reserve judgment about horrifying events rather than instantly turning them into talking points for pre-conceived views”.