Scattered Al Qaeda Harder to Target?

The Christian Science Monitor suggest that a dispersed al Qaeda is harder to target. Perhap, not. The story goes on to say, "The diffused nature of the network and its ability to remold itself is one reason behind the growing number of warnings that are now surfacing about possible new Al Qaeda strikes."

If they are harder to strike, how is it that there is a growing number of warnings? What has happened is that the dispersion has made it more difficult for the group to communicate without having their mail read. The "diffusion" has given the NSA the chance to listen in on conversations that would other wise have taken place in a cave in Afghanistan.

How was it, that the Saudis were able to raid an al Qaeda safe house nearly catching the terrorist the week before their attack? No one came that close to the attackers who participated in what bin Laden called the "battle of New York and battle of Washington." The capture of al Qaeda operatives around the world shows that because of their dispersal, they are more vulnerable.

How is it, that the US knows that the manager of the Saudi attacks did so from a base in Iran? Dispersal causes communication problems for al Qaeda and opportunities for the US. While it might be nice to have them all setting around a table in one cave that could be attacked, the fact is that the dispersed operatives are on the run fugitives who have no safe "safe houses."

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