By Karen J. Greenberg

This quantity of shows by means of a bunch of specialists on overseas terrorism and Al Qaeda represent a useful synopsis of present wisdom in this terrorist staff and the guidelines in position to counter threats of destiny assaults. The articles give a contribution to figuring out how Al Qaeda has developed from a circulate to an ideology, what impression it has on heart East balance and what persisted possibility it truly is to the U.S., Europe, and different components of the area. The members, from academia, examine facilities, executive firms and the media, symbolize a go component to famous specialists on Al Qaeda and overseas terrorism. Karen J. Greenberg is the administrative Director of the heart on legislation and defense on the manhattan college university of legislations. She is a traveling Professor of eu stories at ny college and a member of the Council on overseas kin. She is co-editor of The Torture Papers (Cambridge, 2005).

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Q. PETER BERGEN: On Syria, there is a one-word answer, which is “Hama,” the massacre in which all those people were killed in 1982. On the Central Asians, we actually are seeing some terrorism in Uzbekistan. Ahmed Rashid has written very well on this subject, and he says the Uzbeks are making a huge mistake in turning Hizb-ut-Tahir, which is a sort of quietist organization into a terrorist organization. And this may become a self-fulfilling prophesy in that the Hizb-ut-Tahir movement may replace the Islamic movement, making Uzbekistan a serious threat.

I mean people go to work, they have jobs. They engage in minor crime, credit card fraud, check forgery, and things like that which get them money. And there have been, and still are, charitable sources of money that can be diverted for criminal purposes. So there is plenty of money out there, and terrorism is inexpensive really. A. PETER BERGEN: Yes, terrorism is a very cheap form of warfare. The first World Trade Center attack cost something like $10,000. Ahmed Ressam was planning to blow up LAX Airport with $12,000.

Outside of the war in Iraq, how is al Qaeda evolving? Physicists, who describe light as both a wave and a particle, give us some insights into the debates over al Qaeda. Essentially, we can consider it shorthand for many different phenomena. Al Qaeda is as much an organization as it is a movement. This is not an either/or kind of thing, just as light is both a wave and a particle. What can we predict about al Qaeda in terms of future attacks? Bin Laden talked about a world Islamic front against the Crusaders and the Jews.

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