The deeper we find ourselves embroiled in the terrorism and bloodshed of the Middle East, the more we stir the hot coals of hatred for our own nation.
The debate over Syria and whether and how we should intervene piggybacks on our involvement in the turmoil in Egypt, the continued violence in Afghanistan as we seek to withdraw our troops and the never-ending terror in Iraq.
Not coincidentally, following the bombing of a Sunni mosque during prayers north of Baghdad, killing 28 people in the latest eruption of violence to rock Iraq, Taliban terrorists unleashed car bombs at the U.S. Consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday in an attack that killed at least two Afghans and wounded 17. All U.S. personnel from the mission were said to be safe.
During the week we commemorated the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001, and the Benghazi terrorism of the same day last year, the successor to Osama bin Laden called on Muslims to strike inside the United States, with big attacks or small, using any opportunity they can to “bleed” America financially.
An audio message on Friday reputed to be from al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri said America is not a “mythic power” and that the mujahedeen — Islamic holy warriors — can defeat it with attacks “on its own soil.”
According to The Associated Press, al-Zawahri also pointed to the continuing upheaval in the Arab world. Friday’s AP story said, “Pointing to a power struggle going on within the rebellion against Syria’s regime, he warned jihadi fighters in that country’s civil war not ‘compromise’ with more secular or moderate rebel factions, who he said would eventually turn against the al-Qaida-linked radicals. “
Although the origin of Friday’s message could not be proved to be from al-Zawahri, the alleged al-Qaida threat underscores the world we now live in where Islamic jihadists of all nationalities and degrees of hatred for the West seek to shed the blood of Americans and make us pay for being who we are.
It makes taking sides in a Syrian civil war appear to be an exercise in futility — or foolishness.