The Realization of Osama bin Laden´s Dream (AMERICAN THINKER) By Tara Servatius 05/01/12)
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Don´t let this week´s anniversary of Osama bin Laden´s assassination
fool you. President Barack Obama may have killed bin Laden, but no
one on Earth has done more to help al-Qaeda and the world´s radical
Islamists achieve their goals in the last year than our president.
Bin Laden´s ultimate goal was for radical Islamists to rise up and
retake control of the Middle East from largely secular, American-
backed leaders. Bin Laden´s strategy was to use terror attacks on
the West to inspire this.
Just a few years ago, bin Laden probably couldn´t have fathomed that
it would be an American president who would ultimately accomplish his
goal of bringing radical Islamist leaders to power in Middle Eastern
countries, or that the same American president would get closer to
accomplishing those goals in just three years than bin Laden himself
did in his entire multi-decade terror career.
Bin Laden also didn´t know he wouldn´t be alive to see it because
that president, Barack Obama, would preside over his assassination
just as radical Islamists were on the brink of bringing the caliphate
to life with the American government´s help.
Today, a year after bin Laden´s death, a sizable chunk of Middle
Eastern real estate is either in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood
and other like-minded groups or on the brink of falling into their
hands. The newly empowered Muslim Brotherhood, which as recently as
two years ago was banned from political life in most of the countries
it now runs, comes to and goes from the White House with impunity.
This happened thanks to a consistent, persistent strategy by the
Obama administration of using American pressure, diplomacy, and
firepower, or the lack of it, to ensure that country after country
slips from secular rule into Islamist control.
In the beginning, when the people in Washington were pressuring
secular leader and long time U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak from power in
Egypt, the Obama administration would still distance itself from
groups like the Brotherhood, assuring the American public that they
wouldn´t be strong enough to take over Egypt, or that if they did,
they wouldn´t really be that radical. Today the Brotherhood controls
the Egyptian parliament, and an ex-Muslim Brotherhood leader whom the
media is selling as moderate stands poised to take the presidency of
Meanwhile, the Obama administration is finally beginning to come out
of the closet on its real plans for radical Islamists like the
Brotherhood -- to put them in power in country after country. Obama
administration officials call this strategy "legitimate Islamism."
The theory is that with secular leaders who were former U.S. allies
out of the way in Middle Eastern countries, radical Islamists will
now have an outlet for their Islamism and won´t join al-Qaeda.
Obama administration officials were pretty blunt about this in a
recent National Journal interview, explaining that the president came
to a "realiz[ation that] he has no choice but to cultivate the Muslim
Brotherhood and other relatively ´moderate´ Islamist groups emerging
as lead political players out of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia
"It is no longer the case, in other words, that every Islamist is
seen as a potential accessory to terrorists," administration
officials told the Journal. "Now that we have killed most of al
Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of
expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaeda see an
opportunity for a legitimate Islamism."
Today, the Obama administration no longer hides its goal of bringing
the Muslim Brotherhood and other like-minded Islamists to power.
And that´s exactly what Obama has been doing. After American and
international firepower drove former leader Moammar Gaddafi from
power in Libya, the country came to be run by the Transitional
National Council, which the Obama administration recognizes as the
official government of Libya. It is packed with activists, lawyers,
Islamic scholars, and others who have ties to the Libyan Islamic
In 2007, the LIFG formally joined al-Qaeda, an event so well-
documented that even Reuters covered it. Its goals at the time
included killing Gaddafi, setting up an Islamic caliphate in Libya,
and waging international jihad. With Obama´s help, they are well on
their way to accomplishing these goals.
The National Transitional Council, which is backed by the Obama
administration, has already decreed that the country will be run in
accordance with sharia law. The Libyan Muslim Brotherhood and other
Islamists are expected to make a strong showing in the next
election. And they´ll have plenty of dough with which to carry out
their plans, since the Obama administration and NATO turned the
country´s oil fields, which are capable of generating billions of
dollars of oil revenue a year, over to them.
In Afghanistan, the Obama administration is conducting "peace talks"
with the Taliban aimed at bringing them into the government, even as
Taliban operatives kill U.S. troops daily on the battlefield. Given
the Taliban´s obvious inability to win control of the Afghan
government for themselves on the battlefield, the Obama
administration´s determination to hand it to them at the negotiating
table is baffling. This would create yet another radical Islamist-
dominated Middle Eastern nation -- the exact opposite of what
American troops have been fighting and bleeding for in that country
for a decade.
In Syria, where the Obama administration is calling for dictator
Bashar Assad to step down, the U.S. has left secular forces to fend
for themselves and backed an Islamist-dominated group called the
Syrian National Council, which has connections to the Muslim
The list goes on and on, but in country after county, the results are
the same. Osama bin Laden´s dream, which he thought would take
decades to achieve, is coming to life in a single term of Obama´s
presidency. Bin Laden´s Middle Eastern caliphate is rising. Once
united in Islam, the caliphate was supposed to turn outward,
conquering the rest of the Earth for Allah. No word yet on where
Obama stands on that part of the plan. Perhaps we´ll have to wait
for a second term to find out.
While Americans focus this week on the anniversary of the killing of
bin Laden and feel smug about our destruction of al-Qaeda´s main
cell, they need to understand that with bin Laden´s dream already in
motion, al-Qaeda is in many ways is an outdated relic whose purpose
has already been served.
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