Recently, the world has gone from crazy to crazier. Over the weekend, we have witnessed before our eyes the killing and maiming of hundreds of innocents in Mumbai by a bunch of real life vampires who don't settle for less than spilling the blood of whoever gets in their way.
The irony is that in the Mumbai attacks, the perpetrators used a stolen vessel, and moved from that vessel using speed boats to their targets. This mimics the same technique used by the pirates operating around the Horn of Africa who use a 'mother ship' and speed boats to capture their prey.
Attacking the terrorist camps wherever they are wouldn't solve the actual problem, there are thousands ready to be indoctrinated by the likes of Ayman Zawahiry and their sick ideology, and commit such atrocities as the ones we saw in Mumbai. In order to defeat them, we have to defeat their ideology. In my view, this ideology is the ultimate 'mother ship' that the world should seek and destroy.
I can't stress hard enough my opinion that defeating Al-Qaida and its ideology starts with knocking out conspiracy theories that have persisted in the minds of the mass in the Middle-East, and elsewhere. If you ask any layman in the streets of Amman, or Cairo about the real reason why the US has invaded Iraq, they will tell you that it is to steal Iraqi oil!
The world in general and the west in particular have to work harder in solving the outstanding political problems that are used to recruit youngsters to fight for "the cause". The new administration should work on the ME problem and I think that everyone knows the solution! Even Olmert spelled it out last week when he said that Israel has to withdraw back to 1967 borders. The US has to also get into a concerted effort to solve the Kashmir problem and get the nuclear neighbors again on the path to solve their problems.
To defeat this ideology, you also have to deny those who spread it safe heavens; It doesn't make sense to me that Yasser El Serri is still operating in London under the nose of MI5, although he is one of those who preach violence against the Egyptian government and elsewhere. There are more like him in the US and Europe enjoying the freedoms of these countries and spreading the messages of hate behind their computer screens.
The governments have to go after the websites used by terrorists; I can't comprehend that these governments don't have the means to trace the people who post videos on the web praising terrorist acts!!!
It is also imperative to enlist the support of the regional organizations such as the Organization of Islamic Countries to force its members to become more active in eliminating the messages of hate from their children's textbooks.
In addition, the world should support efforts such as these conducted by the Egyptian and Saudi governments to rehabilitate those with extremist ideology and return them again to the society. I think this effort should be mimicked by the authorities in Pakistan, and Afghanistan.