Mossad Joins Hunt For al-Qaeda
Vol: 14 Issue: 30 Saturday, November 30, 2002
Mossad Joins Hunt For al-Qaeda
The simultaneous terrorist attacks against separate Israeli targets on two continents raises the stakes for all concerned; for Israel, certainly, and for Washington. Israel has just been thrust onto the front lines of the war against al-Qaeda while the lines between Palestinian terrorism and al-Qaeda are sufficiently blurred as to make them one and the same.
An attack on an Israeli target, just like an attack against Israel itself, aims to strike at the spearhead of Western culture in the Middle East.
The state of Israel is portrayed by Wahabi Islamic fundamentalists as a symbol of the infiltration of the West into the Arab-Muslim culture.
As one Israeli analyst at the International Policy Institute for Counterterrorism at Herzliya’s Interdisciplinary Center observed, an attack on an Israeli target, just like an attack against Israel itself, aims to strike at the spearhead of Western culture in the Middle East.
The State of Israel is perceived by this particular breed of Wahabi Islam as a symbol of the infiltration of the West into the Arab-Muslim culture.
It is important to realize Israel is not the CAUSE of the wave of radical Islamic terrorism washing over the world, but rather its chief VICTIM because of its identification with the West and because of its very location in this part of the world.
These radical Islamic organizations, who purport to represent the oppressed and poor Muslims hurt and continue hurting the very sector they claim to represent.
Their activities are not part of the struggle by the poor against western globalization. Instead, see it more as a cynical exploitation and brainwash of the Muslim masses by Muslim extremists.
These are those of whom President Bush was speaking when he spoke of those few who hijacked ‘pure’ Islam. Bush got it right, but he got it backwards. While pure Islam IS the kind that spawns terrorism, the modified and modernized Islam practiced by the majority of global Islam is not.
Still, if the radicalized Islam of al-Qaeda accounts for even one percent of global Islam, that adds up to as many as TWENTY MILLION potential enemies of the West out of the 1.9 billion worldwide adherents to Islam today.
Israel has been drawn into a wider war on terrorism — George Bush’s war, as distinct from the endless bloodletting at home in Israel against Palestinian militant groups like Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah.
Defense Minister Shaul Mofez declared, “Our long arm will get (those responsible)” — a reminder that Israel does not let such acts go unpunished either at home or abroad.
Sharon reportedly declared that there would be “no forgiveness” for the perpetrators of both the bombing in Kenya and the attack at the Beit Shean polling station.
Israeli press reports said Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had ordered the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence organization, to start an immediate investigation.
It is fair to say that al-Qaeda probably didn’t think this through. The only military on earth capable of meeting al-Qaeda on a level battlefield environment is Israel.
While the United States responded to 9/11 by using anvils to squash mosquitoes in Afghanistan, Israel has been waging offensive assymetrical warfare since its rebirth in 1948.
The Mossad is the only agency on earth capable of matching al-Qaeda in stealth, determination, and, above all, ruthlessness.
After the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre, the Mossad created a twelve man team with only one assignment. Track down the planners of the massacre, and liquidate them where ever you find them.
The team traveled the globe for almost a decade, conducting systematic assassinations until only George Habash remained. The team was closing in on him when Israel pulled the plug on the operation.
The Israelis kept the team small and detached to prevent the political fallout such an assassination team would have engendered if discovered. But the world was not engaged in a global assymetrical war on terror in the 1970’s — it is now.
Israel needn’t worry about keeping the team small, or secret, or concern itself with public reaction. Israel is fighting for its life, and it WILL have its vengeance against al-Qaeda.
This enormously complicates the prospects for limiting the war in Iraq. So far, the U.S.-led mission against Iraq has relied on willing support of Britain and some other European allies (Spain and Italy, for example) and the tacit backing of moderate Arab states.
To boost its legitimacy, Bush has included the anti-Iraq offensive in the context of the war on terrorism. But if Israel becomes a de facto participant, strategic Arab states whose logistical support would be vital in any military action may withdraw their cooperation.
Earlier this year, Bush had secured Sharon’s commitment that, in the event of an attack on Iraq, the Israelis would stay out of the fray — unless Israel was itself attacked. Following the Mombasa bombing, however, all bets are off.
Blurring the lines between the Palestinians and al-Qaeda means erasing the “no-Jews allowed” lines drawn around the Arab Middle Eastern states, including Iraq.
Israel continues to be governed by the rules of engagement set forth in the Law of Moses, something that al-Qaeda doesn’t have to worry about when fighting the Christian West.
“And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it: And when the LORD thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:” Deuteronomy 20:12-13]
While those are the only rules of engagement that will work against al-Qaeda, it will only hasten the day spoken of by the prophet Zechariah who said that in the last days, the whole world will gather itself against Israel, over the city of Jerusalem and the territories of Samaria and Judea [the modern West Bank]
“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for ALL people: ALL that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, THOUGH ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH be gathered together against it.” [Zechariah 12:2]
The stage continues to be set for this coming confrontation. For the Christian, the gathering storm over the Middle East is cause for rejoicing, in spite of the gloomy outlook. It means Jesus’ return is even closer than we had believed.
It is WHEN the whole world gathers to force Israel to give up Jerusalem that, according to the prophet, “. . I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” [Zechariah 12:10]
Events continue to conspire together to bring about the exact scenarios prophesied for the last days before the return of the King. The signs of the times are writ large in the pages of the daily newspapers.
Get ready. Oh, and tell your friends.