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Three Years to Defeat Al Qaeda

I wish he wouldn’t say things like that. Robert Mueller told  BBC News that he thinks we will see the end of Al Qaeda in three years.

To me, that is like waving a red flag in front of a bull. It’s a dare. I wish he would just go about defeating Al Qaeda in three years, and not talk about it until it’s done. Maybe it is superstitious; I prefer action to talk. When you talk about defeating someone, you might just be setting yourself up to eat humble pie.


The head of the FBI has said he believes the West can achieve victory over al-Qaeda within three-and-a-half years.

Robert Mueller described how his organisation is working closely with British intelligence to confront ever-more-complex plots.

Flanked by broad-shouldered security men with tell-tale bulges beneath their suits, the director of the FBI gave a rare public address in London.

As head of one of 16 US intelligence agencies, Mr Mueller is at the forefront of preventing a repeat of the September 11 attacks.

It was a task, he said, which could not be done without strategic partnerships with allies like Britain.

You can read the entire article HERE.


April 8, 2008 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Communication, Community, Counter-terrorism, Crime, ExPat Life, Morocco, News, Pakistan, Political Issues, Social Issues, Words


  1. this whole decade just feels like a cheesy war movie and the storyline just does not make sense, people just get killed randomly throughout the film.

    how many years will it take the FBI to find me?

    Comment by Mrm | April 9, 2008 | Reply

  2. Oh, Mrm, they know where you are!

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 9, 2008 | Reply

  3. They’re all going about it the wrong way. You’re so right about the red flag! I certainly do not support Al Qaeda in any way. However, do they not see that Al Qaeda is already powerful enough, and to think that three years will be enough? There have been many attempts at clearing the mafia, but it has never been cleared, and if it were sometimes, the concept and ideals are there, there will come people to fill their shoes. The same thing is going to happen here. The solution is not war, it is understanding, education, and compromise. However, those who DO commit crimes should be punished by the correct laws in the correct region.

    Regardless, the world is never without a war. That is the sad truth.

    Comment by N. | April 10, 2008 | Reply

  4. N. It’s sort of like trying to get rid of cockroaches – they just keep coming. And I think a resistance is inevitable when one country gains too much power, even when it is my own country. Nobody likes being bullied.

    It is my fervent hope that one day we really will have an international way of cooperating. I think it IS happening among the bureaucracies, but at the highest levels, things are chaotic. The current leadership is pretty arrogant.

    And I totally agree – understanding, education and (ugh!) compromise!

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 10, 2008 | Reply

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