Al-Zawahiri is the Threat, not bin Laden

Doesn’t surprise me, but a report showed that al-Zawahiri is the guy calling the shots.  From the report:

“Although Bin Laden remains the group’s ideological figurehead, Zawahiri has emerged as Al Qaeda’s strategic and operational planner,” the report added.

People don’t seem to understand the format of Al-Qaeda.  Yes bin Ladn is in charge of it, but think of this network as a corporation if anything.  Bin Laden is like the CEO: he has influence, but at the same time, he doesn’t.  Al-Zawahiri is like the managing director.  If we capture or kill bin Laden, al-Qaeda will still survive.  If we capture or kill al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda will be detrimentally weakened.  But like most Americans, no one listens.  They only care about bin Laden.  I say the bigger threat is al-Zawahiri.

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I am a Ph. D student at Marquette University. The primary purpose of this blog is to get my ideas out there, and then have other people scrutinize, critique, build upon, and systematize beliefs. This blog will sometimes pertain to what I'm learning in my classes, but it will occasionally deal with non-classroom issues that I'm thinking about as well.
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4 Responses to Al-Zawahiri is the Threat, not bin Laden

  1. Aubrey says:

    People like to see and hear what they are told to. It is societal blinders that have been place on American. If the government says it’s not a threat then it must not be. Even when confronted with information such as this people will stick to what they have been told previously by a ‘trusted source’. I agree that this is a serious problem and it worries me, alot.

  2. thekillerj says:

    I agree 100%. Bin Laden is more of an ideological figure head. Hell, if we kill Bin Laden it may even strengthen their resolve due to the martyr effect.
    al-Zawahiri has been calling the shots for a few years now. The organization was split somewhat when the Iraqi, Zarqawi, was going off in his direction, but once we nailed his ass with those guided missiles al-Zawahiri took full control.

  3. shaunmiller says:

    Killer J says:

    The organization was split somewhat when the Iraqi, Zarqawi, was going off in his direction, but once we nailed his ass with those guided missiles al-Zawahiri took full control.

    Exactly. The reason it split is because Zarqawi wanted to fight the Shiites instead of the Americans. In fact, he wrote a letter to bin Laden in 2004 saying that the Shiites were a greater threat than the Americans. When he died though, al-Zawahiri became the guy that spoke for them all again.

  4. Hi, nice post. I have been thinking about this topic,so thanks for posting. I’ll definitely be subscribing to your site.

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