Before the war in Iraq many people (myself included) warned that the invasion was exactly what Osama Bin Laden wanted and it would play right into his hands - This has been discussed and proven to be true many times over by now. In a new twist Bruce Reidel gives an equally prescient warning about how engaging Iran in war would also benefit Al-Qaeda.
From his column:
Osama bin Laden welcomed the U.S. invasion four years ago, and his lieutenants have openly called the occupation the best opportunity they have had since 9/11 to strike at Americans. As (Mullah) Omar put it "in order to kill the beast, we must get it to leave its den ... the idiot Bush sent his army to where we laid ambushes."
I love this one, its just so perfect. It would be proper for Christians and followers of other spiritual practices and faiths to do the same after Bush leaves their land and places of worship.
JUAN CARLOS LLORCA AP March 9, 2007 12:20 AM EST GUATEMALA CITY —
Mayan priests will purify a sacred archaeological site to eliminate "bad spirits" after President Bush visits next week, an official with close ties to the group said Thursday.
"That a person like (Bush), with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offense for the Mayan people and their culture," Juan Tiney, the director of a Mayan nongovernmental organization with close ties to Mayan religious and political leaders, said Thursday.
Tiney said the "spirit guides of the Mayan community" decided it would be necessary to cleanse the sacred site of "bad spirits" after Bush's visit so that their ancestors could rest in peace. He also said the rites _ which entail chanting and burning incense, herbs and candles _ would prepare the site for the third summit of Latin American Indians March 26-30.
Bush's trip has already has sparked protests elsewhere in Latin America, including protests and clashes with police in Brazil hours before his arrival. In Bogota, Colombia, which Bush will visit on Sunday, 200 masked students battled 300 riot police with rocks and small homemade explosives.