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The Only Way to Eradicate al-Qaida is to Eliminate the Making of a Failed State

by Ehsan Ahrari on October 7, 2011, No Comments

The best metaphor to describe the resilience of al-Qaida is to compare it with a weed that is common in the American south –Kudzu.  You can't kill Kudzu, because it sends underground runners that keep it alive even when you cut off the above-groundportion of it.  So, the killing of Usama Bin Laden in May of this year and that of Anwar al-Awlaki only a few days ago, like the eradication of Kudzu, is not likely to kill al-Qaida.  What keeps it alive are the political and economic conditions of a number of countries depicted under the rubrics the "failed,"  "near-failed," or "failing" states.  President George W. Bush never understood that fact.  Now, President Barack Obama is treading the same path. Unfortunately, the nature of the American electoral politics is such that false (or, as in this instance, tactical) gains can be packaged as long-term solutions – and politicians run for office on such mystifying platforms.  Voters tend to buy it, as long as American cas