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By Karen J. Greenberg

This quantity of displays by way of a bunch of professionals on foreign terrorism and Al Qaeda represent a invaluable synopsis of present wisdom in this terrorist crew and the regulations in position to counter threats of destiny assaults. The articles give a contribution to realizing how Al Qaeda has advanced from a circulation to an ideology, what impact it has on heart East balance and what endured probability it's to the U.S., Europe, and different parts of the realm. The individuals, from academia, learn facilities, executive organizations and the media, symbolize a go element of well-known specialists on Al Qaeda and foreign terrorism. Karen J. Greenberg is the administrative Director of the heart on legislation and safeguard on the long island college university of legislation. She is a traveling Professor of ecu stories at manhattan collage and a member of the Council on overseas family. She is co-editor of The Torture Papers (Cambridge, 2005).

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S. as a target, they have gone home, particularly to Saudi Arabia where the number of attacks between September 11, 2001, and June 2004 is quite impressive. There have been twenty Al Qaeda Then and Now 15 separate attacks in Saudi Arabia, leading to the deaths of at least fifty security personnel and the wounding of many more. Now in a way this should not be surprising, since according to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, about seventy percent of the population of the training camps in Afghanistan were Saudi.

Since so much of the discourse on the other side is cast in religious terms, how should we respond to it? You know, we are now expressing ourselves more openly in religious terms. Formerly, it pretty much stopped at the water’s edge, that is, if you do not count missionary activity. This is not the case any more. Perhaps this is a good development. Maybe you can have something like a faith-based dialogue or faith-based diplomacy with others and engage in a dialogue on shared terms. On the other hand, the way in which we deploy our religious rhetoric might in fact sharpen perceptions on the other side, rejecting a fundamental clash of cultures and religions which is precisely the perception we do not want to encourage.

So, the conventional wisdom that it does not really matter whether or not we apprehend bin Laden or al-Zawahiri is wrong, especially if you believe in the “great man” theory of history. It is certainly hard to imagine the Holocaust without Hitler, just as it is difficult to imagine the French army at Moscow in 1812 without Napoleon. Likewise, it is impossible to imagine al Qaeda without Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden. Capturing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was no doubt important in terms of averting terrorist attacks.

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