THE NEW "ASYMETRICAL" WAR:
ALL WAR ALL THE TIME
By Alan Caruba
If the U.S.A. does suffer a nuclear attack, however, it is more likely to be at the hands of agents of al-Qa'ida. It is not a nation-state, but it is at war with the U.S.A. and just about every other nation that tilts toward modernity of any kind. Al-Qa'ida, an equal opportunity network of Islamist terrorists, doesn’t mind killing either infidels or other Muslims. One has to pause to think of nation-states in which and against which al-Qa'ida has not used terror as its calling card.
I got to thinking about this on July 20, 2005, when the U.S. embassy in Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, issued a warning citing evidence of “operational planning” in the one nation-state most responsible for the existence of al-Qa'ida. Osama bin Laden was born in Saudi Arabia and is a member of one of its most prestigious families. At some point, this spoiled little rich boy experienced some kind of epiphany that led him to reject the royal family while committing his life to the Wahabbi interpretation of Islam the royal family had promulgated since the days when Abdel Aziz ibin Saud set out to conquer or buy off the other tribes of the vast desert peninsula.
In 1933, he proclaimed the country unified as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. However, other than fees collected from pilgrims traveling to Mecca, this king was broke. Two thirds of his “Kingdom” was uninhabitable desert when the first oilmen arrived. Had it not been for their modern science and the world’s increasing need for new sources of oil, the royal family would still be living in tents or mud dwellings. It was not ibin Saud who built modern Saudi Arabia, it was Aramco, the American oil company that discovered and developed the source of the royal family’s obscene wealth to this day.
Flash forward to July 20, 2005, and today. Saudi Arabia, the Sunni citadel responsible for the worldwide spread of the most backward form of Islam extant, is now the victim of its own success. Already, it has tasted the wrath of al-Qa'ida for permitting “foreign”, i.e., American troops, on its “sacred sands.” Since it does billions of dollars of business with America, Saudi Arabia's oil wells and refineries are the natural target of those who want to drag Saudi Arabia back to the "good old days" when camels and goats were currency.
Since al-Qa'ida is largely funded by every criminal activity you can name, it can afford to be indifferent to the oil riches of the Saudi royal family. If, however, it can destroy the royal family's grip on its “sacred sands,” access to the oil would make al-Qa'ida the most powerful force for the domination of Islam, the most powerful such force to ever have existed. There isn’t a single Muslim on Earth that does not know this.
And people wonder why the United States of America invaded Iraq. The world’s greatest nation-state is engaged in a whole new kind of war. It is the famed “asymmetrical” war in which the enemy is everywhere and nowhere. As Donald Rumsfeld, the current U.S. Secretary of Defense, put it, “Our challenge in this new century is a difficult one: to defend our nation against the unknown, the uncertain, the unseen, and the unexpected.”
In other words, all war all the time!
Don’t believe me? As the new millennium dawned, there were almost two thousand sustained armed conflicts in effect throughout the whole of the world.
It is the reason the United States of America has its troops posted all over the world, as often as not at the invitation of those nations where we conduct the business of fulltime war against an unseen enemy and, occasionally as was the case of Iraq, against a nation-state that is a threat to world order. Recall, please, Saddam Hussein’s invasions of both Iran and Kuwait.
This is not to say the U.S. effort in Iraq will prove a success; only that it was the right thing to do at the time.
That is the job of the United States of America. Our greatest export is security. It is necessary for a world that is stable enough to engage in trade. It is necessary to our economic growth. Any nation-state or any group such as al-Qa'ida that threatens that stability is going to find itself subject to “regime change” or the relentless hunt to find and kill its leaders and followers.
Do you think the 2008 election will change this? Or those to follow? Unless we destroy al-Qa'ida, i.e. the renewed Islamic Jihad, there will be no United States of America in which to hold an election. We have only one choice, and it is all war all the time for very long time to come.
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Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly commentary, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center, which is located at www.anxietycenter.com.
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