I don’t really have anything original to add on the latest terrorists attacks in Turkey, apparently by al Qaeda. What strikes me about them, aside from the evil of indiscriminate murder of civilians, is the strategic stupidity involved. One would think nothing would be more likely to get the Turkish government and, indeed, moderate Muslims to cooperate with the United States more readily than this sort of thing. Indeed, the irony that the Turkish parliament refused to go along with the Government in allowing the US to stage part of the Iraq War from their country, ostensibly to avoid precisely this sort of retaliation, is sad.
The insurgency against the US occupation in Iraq, to the extent that it’s managed by al Queda and aimed just at American troops and their Iraqi collaborators, would make strategic sense. But even that operation seems to indiscriminately kill Muslim peasants. The US is generally lousy at the so-called “hearts and minds” battle. But we may win it by default if our enemies are going to be this brutal and this inept.