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    Default The War on Terror is Over

    Or at least it is according to the Obama regime.

    Another article which ask the question, 'Can Obama Safely Embrace Islamists?'
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    I don't see any indication of a difference between a Muslim regime vs. Islamist vs. Terrorist in these articles so they are meaningless to me. Not sure if the reporter(s) is (are) incompetent in differentiating between these three concepts, if the administration is, or what.

    I wonder what on Earth Obama is thinking?!? Probably something along the lines of making a redefinition of the War on "Terror" and calling it a victory (or close enough) right before the election. Clever, dirty political trick. I'd like to know what the redefinition really means, if there's even thought going into it.

    Seems the Arab revolutions will bring in religious govt's but that doesn't mean that they will be like the Taliban (maybe yes, maybe no). N. Africa is not the same as Central Asia, like Spain and Russia are just plain ol' different.

    I don't think there is a lot the West can do about this. 100 years ago we busted up the pan-Islam domain (empire, confederation, whatever we want to call it) under the Ottomans. They've then been under the thumb of France, UK, US, mostly, so it's an understandable next step for them to try to create their own gov'ts after these revolutions and religion is their common non-Western trait.

    We'll see what happens when they screw up, stumble and make a new type of mess. Probably turn out like Algeria - incompetent gov't and totally criminal society based upon bribes and personal connections instead of effective businesses and bureaucracies.

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    the war in terror over? not quite

    As many as 60 Canadians have journeyed abroad to train as al-Qaeda terrorists, this country’s spy chief revealed as he sounded a warning over the group’s shift to a much harder to detect “lone-wolf” style of attack.

    Richard Fadden, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, also acknowledged Monday that al-Qaeda’s switch to a sole-actor approach to inflicting damage is presenting a problem for Western anti-terrorist agencies.

    “This really makes things very complicated for us,” he told a Senate committee.

    He said this lone-wolf approach tends to attract individuals driven by ideology as well as “serious personal problems,” a combination that makes them more unpredictable.

    Mr. Fadden was speaking in favour of a new Harper government bill that aims to thwart budding Canadian terrorists who wish to visit foreign training camps. The legislation, S-7, would make it a federal crime to leave, or try to leave, Canada for the purpose of committing terrorism.

    “There has … been an alarming number of Canadians who have travelled, are planning, or have expressed a desire to engage in terrorist activities,” the CSIS director told senators.

    He said he’s worried about the consequences for Canada if these would-be terrorists return home after acquiring the skills needed to cause havoc.

    Mr. Fadden predicted al-Qaeda’s recent embrace of smaller, leaderless acts of terror is a sign of things to come.

    Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has as recently as last fall published an online magazine called Inspire that called for “open source jihad” and instructed readers to how to carry out their own attacks, he noted. “How to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom” was the title of article in the Summer, 2010, issue.

    “My colleagues in Britain, Australia and the United States are of the same opinion: We are seeing an increase in the number of people who are acting on their own,” he said.

    “When there are a certain number of people involved, there is a possibility of intercepting communications; the chances of errors are far greater. But when there’s one person who’s not talking to anybody, [counterterrorism agencies] have to be really lucky.”

    The radical cleric believed to be behind Inspire magazine, U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki, was killed by an unmanned U.S. drone strike in late September, 2011.

    Mr. Fadden cited Mohammed Merah, a young Arab who murdered French soldiers and Jewish civilians in a calculated series of terror acts, as an example of lone-wolf attackers.

    The director said CSIS is aware of at least 45 Canadians – and possibly as many as 60 – who have left this country to seek terror training abroad, travelling or attempting to travel to Somalia, the Afghanistan-Pakistan tribal areas or Yemen.

    “These individuals represent a threat both to the international community and to Canada, as some have returned, or may, eventually, return to Canada after having acquired terrorist training, or even having engaged directly in acts of terrorism.”

    Mr. Fadden told senators that terrorism – and in particular the threat from Sunni Islamist extremists – remains the greatest threat to Canada’s national security.

    Asked by one senator why Canada should worry about jihadists leaving Canada, Mr. Fadden said this country must keep track of them rather than be “happy to be rid of” them.

    “Our close allies, the U.K., the United States and others consider that Canada has a responsibility keep an eye on its own citizens when they are going abroad doing harm.”

    He acknowledged it may be difficult to catch people heading to terrorist camps – and to prove they had intended to do so.

    The CSIS director served notice his agency is also paying close attention to another emerging trend: the increasing potential for women in Canada to become radicalized as jihadists.

    He said injunctions against female participation in violent jihad have begun to disappear from extremist websites.
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