Islamic terrorism is not going away. The terror group al Qaeda is not going away despite Zero Dark Thirty or President Obama’s tough talk. Osama bin Laden was killed, but he was just one head of the hydra, as the latest attack in Algiers shows.
A natural gas field in Algeria was seized by a group linked to al Qaeda and French and Americans were taken hostage. The French weren’t so lucky but reports regarding the Americans are that they all escaped. Accurate information regarding the events in Algeria are difficult to find but, suffice to say, the attack was well organized, coordinated, and a direct result of pushback initiated by the United States to help fight rebels in Mali (we asked Algeria to help).
Mali helps to provide groups like al Qaeda with cash and taking that away from them hurts their efforts to wage jihad.
Algeria had its own war against Islamic terrorism in the 1990s and France, because it was that nations’ former colonial overlord, suffered terrorist attacks. France is again under threat of Islamic terrorism because of actions in Algeria and Mali.
So it’s a dangerous world out there and the U.S. is deeply involved in it.
What’s really interesting is last year, just before the presidential election, Mitt Romney mentioned Mali as a hot spot for al Qaeda:
With Mali now having North Mali taken over by al-Qaida, with Syria having Assad continuing to — or to kill — to murder his own people, this is a region in tumult. And of course Iran on the path to a nuclear weapon. We’ve got real gaps in the region.
That was at the third presidential debate. President Obama had a chance to respond but didn’t mention Mali at all he merely change the subject.
The troubles in Mali with Islamic terrorism (and now their growth into Algeria) are not new. Last July we wrote about it in an article titled Will the Muslims Destroy Egypt’s Great Pyramids of Giza? At that time, it was to show how tourism was being killed in Mali’s capital, Timbuktu, where non-Islamic shrines were being destroyed.
Now the darkness is spreading into other countries and, as we’ve seen with the Obama administrations “outreach” efforts in Egypt and Iran not to mention their avoidance of the term “war on terror” and attempts to close Gitmo and Benghazi which was clearly a terrorist attack against this nation, the strategy appears ineffective.
Eventually the darkness will reach our shores… again.