The New York Times quotes Algerian officials who have said that some of the terrorists who attacked the gas plant last week were also involved in the attack on the Benghazi US consulate last Fall.
If confirmed, the link between two of the most brazen assaults in recent memory would reinforce the transborder character of the jihadist groups now striking across the Sahara. American officials have long warned that the region’s volatile mix of porous borders, turbulent states, weapons and ranks of fighters with similar ideologies creates a dangerous landscape in which extremists are trying to collaborate across vast distances.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is scheduled to testify before Congress on Wednesday about the Libyan attack that killed the American ambassador and three staff members, raised the specter of regional cooperation among extremists soon after the mission in Benghazi was overrun.
What was that the President said about the “perpetual war” that he mentioned in his address the other day? I think it went something like this; “We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.” Unfortunately for him, and us, our enemies have been in a state of perpetual war since before the first millennium. And they know that we don’t have the political will to eradicate them from the face of the earth. And they don’t mire themselves in minutia – like the al-Shabab creeps who displayed the dead French soldier (Thanks to jerry920 for that link). We would stop the war and flay our own troops for that act, but this one will go unnoticed by most of the media and the American public.
Our war against al Qaeda wouldn’t have to be perpetual if someone would summon the testicular fortitude required to wipe them out instead of depending on drone strikes to nip at their heels. The treatment of that french soldier should galvanize the French into getting serious about killing terrorists in droves, but I’m sure it will have the opposite effect.