Reaping the Whirlwind

(US News) Fouad Ajami - It was a matter of time before the terrible wind that originated in the Arabian Peninsula returned to its point of origin. The jihadists had struck far and wide. They had taken the Wahhabi creed, stretched it to the breaking point, and turned it into an instrument of combat. A year ago, as this cycle of terror within Arabia began to play out, there were Saudis speaking of the "Talibanization" of their society, warning that the radicals were on the verge of running away with the faith. This scourge of terror is indivisible. You can't bless terror in the streets of Jerusalem and condemn it in Arabia. This terrible wind has no need of what Israel does in its struggle with the Palestinians, and it pre-dates this willed, simulated rage over the abuses at Abu Ghraib.

2004-06-23 00:00:00

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