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    emal, Birdman, LithiumCola

    Western governments (mainly the US and Britain), and the press, have done a great job in helping to establish the "Al Qaeda" brand. I'm not sure who came up with the "Al Qaeda in Iraq" name (perhaps it was the ever-elusive, mythical, late Al-Zarqawi), but they understood that this would give them more attention than all the other groups in Iraq.

    The government needs to have a single, clear enemy to sell its war, and for the press it's much easier to report "us vs. the evil organization", the headlines are much better.

    In a climate where both the government and the press are interested in sensational stories about The Enemy, having an effect as a terrorist is made a lot easier. You're "Al Qaeda", even if you're just a random, lone fanatic. And you cause lots of "BREAKING" headlines and flipping of color codes easily, even if you're a bumbling idiot.

    McCain: a few troops short of a surge.

    by Frank on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 04:25:57 AM PDT

    •  Al Qaeda Was Originally A CIA Term (1+ / 0-)
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      Al Qaeda was the list of anti-Russian fighters in Afghanistan the CIA held, I doubt there is any recorded use of Osama Bin Laden using the term Al Qaeda until at least 2000 and probably later.

      The term Al Qaeda beacme useful to the Islamic Nationalists because of recruiting purposes.

      'It's deja vu all over again'-Yogi Berra

      by frandor55 on Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 05:45:26 AM PDT

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