Al-Qaeda goes back to base (Syed Saleem Shahzad, 11/04/05, Asia Times)
Al-Qaeda is in the process of a decisive ideological debate that could see the highly secretive group restructured within a year, with bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, and adopting a more open, centralized, approach.
Two issues lie at the heart of the matter. The first is whether al-Qaeda achieves its aims by “fighting against evil”, or whether it “fights against evil and its allies”, according to contacts familiar with the group who spoke to Asia Times Online.
The second issue involves al-Qaeda’s lack of a physical base, a matter of concern to Islamic scholars, following its retreat from Afghanistan and subsequently being forced out of hideouts along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Even al Qaeda recognizes it has neither a popular nor a physical base yet the Left thinks we’re losing?