Essay about Al Qaeda And Its Impact On The Middle East

789 Words Mar 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Al Qaeda may seem like a large organized terrorist network from a perspective provided by the media, however their victories did not come without countless defeats. The blame for many of these failures seems to rest solely on the group’s leadership due to many mistakes (McCabe, 2010, p. 61). Conversely, during expansionist efforts the group worked with numerous affiliates that did not always follow the direction that Al Qaeda leadership demanded (Lahoud et al., 2012, p. 1).
Nobody denies that the worldview of Al Qaeda was greatly distorted when employing their global strategy for world dominance and the destruction of western influence in the Middle East (McCabe, 2010, p. 60). As if a horse with blinders racing towards a finish line, the group focused heavily on the destruction of the United States while failing to realize that the western influence in the Middle East was not the only problem they were facing (McCabe, 2010, p. 61). Their worldview was heavily distorted, leaving Al Qaeda unable to see that the governments they considered puppets of the United States were actually in conflict with them on various issues (McCabe, 2010, p. 61). The Arab world could not be saved by simply driving out the Americans as was done to the Soviets in Afghanistan (McCabe, 2010, p. 62).
Additionally, Al Qaeda did not fully understand how to expand their network while maintaining the group’s current values. When efforts to overthrow local governments or enact political change failed,…

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