What is state failure? See my conceptualisation of state failure on the right flank below.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Anwar al-Awlaki, the "head guy"

That (the title) is basically all there is, to this post. Perhaps it should have been just a tweet... Yet I feel it deserves to be emphasised in this way, in the context of the recent parcel bomb plot story. Anwar al-Awlaki was once again referred to on Sky News as the "head guy" for al-Qaida in Yemen. Brings back memory of how earlier this year CNN once discussed whether al-Awlaki might be the "new Osama bin Laden." With the difference in mind that al-Awlaki even speaks good English...! Which reminds one of how many books some people should read. Which then reminds one of how that would not be very helpful in and of itself, because what is missing in the first place is the basic ability of these people to care about what's happening beyond a cursory level. No, discussing how much more aid Yemen would require specifically in the wake of terror plots, and mostly then only, is not equal to the kind of sensitivity implied here.

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