David Warren argues something politically incorrect: "In the course of three years intense study of the issue, Ive become convinced that there is -- well, this is a slight exaggeration -- no such thing as Al Qaeda. It is, more precisely, only a name applied vaguely to one of several financing and logistical arms of the Wahabi branch of what could more accurately be called the Islamic Jihad. Not an army, nor a disciplined network of underground cells, but an historical movement -- and thus more comparable to something like the Enlightenment in the West, than to any organized militia. Not to say the Jihad shares ideals with the Enlightenment -- far from it -- but rather, it is similar in being a vast idealistic movement, consciously advanced by men who co-operate as and where they think they can be most effective -- but taking their orders, ultimately, not from men but from the zeitgeist, or Allah."
The Belmont Club reflects on this more extensively, and adds to it (follow the links) by, among other things, noting the probable importance of
the chaos at Los Alamos Laboratory. Giving the war its right name, Belmont asserts, would affect both our Constitutional system and the way we wage war. Very thoughtful. Read the whole thing.