In other words, Fazul would not be a likely deceasd combatant today were it not for four forces that came together:
The main target was Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who allegedly planned the 1998 attacks on the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that killed 225 people.
He is also suspected of planning the car bombing of a beach resort in Kenya and the near simultaneous attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner in 2002. Ten Kenyans and three Israelis were killed in the blast at the hotel, 12 miles north of Mombasa. The missiles missed the airliner.
Fazul, 32, joined Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and trained there with Usama bn Laden, according to the transcript of an FBI interrogation of a known associate. He came to Kenya in the mid-1990s, married a local woman, became a citizen and started teaching at a religious school near Lamu, just 60 miles south of Ras Kamboni, Somalia, where one of the airstrikes took place Monday.
- Interrogation techniques that the Dems want to squelch
- An on-the-ground rebellion against a repressive Islamist state, which we need to do more to promote globally, especially after our capabilities for such stuff was nearly destroyed under Clinton
- On the ground intelligence, which we need more of and which may be hurt in promised Dem cuts of war spending, and
- A willingness and capability to strike militarily without first seeking permission, which Dems criticize as "Cowboy diplomacy."
Note also that Fazul was only 23 when the attack on the embassies was carried out, and that he's spent the last 10 years or so training a new generation of jihadists. This is our enemy. They do not need a lot of sophisticated training to be effective, and they are cranking out new recruits faster than a greased pig in a mosque.
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