Happy New Year from Shabaab al Mujahideen
December 12, 2012 by Bruce Wallace, 121Contact
Mukhtar Abu al Zubeir (leader of the Shabaab, the Somalia based offshoot of al Qaeda),
in his December message to Mullah Muhammad Omar (the Taliban's spiritual leader) and
Ayman al Zawahiri (al Qaeda's leader since bin Laden's assassination)
predicted the defeat of America, "the crusader."
Al Zubeir praised Ansar al Shariah in Yemen (an alias for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) urging them to "remain steadfast until victory." He seemed to gloat over the U.S. defeat in Iraq and impending defeat in Afghanistan declaring: "That no matter the Strength of the crusader's offensive, it will eventually result in abysmal failure as the phase of gaining territory and defeating the Mujahideen has irreversibly come to an end."
Is he a threat to the U.S.? He seems totally involved in local issues. Is he a target of the U.S. "kill list"? Maybe. The U.S. has asserted that al Shabaab is part of al Qaeda and al Qaeda poses a global threat (i.e. a direct threat to the United States of America) therefore al Shabaab poses a threat to America. Hmmm...are we conflating the local with the global? Guilt by association?
The 'global threat' designation serves to confuse our perception of al Shabaab. It also serves to justify America's policeman-of-the-world stance enabling the U.S. to continue its self-justified unilateral killing spree; killing those we choose to kill, heedless of the Rule of Law. That can't be good for the U.S. in the long run.