A nice article in the authoritative Foreign Affairs, on how we made Al-Quada more powerful than ever... interesting in view of the discussions we had here on how our policies help drive the recruitment and funds for AQ. Well worth a read, as it gives very good backround for our overall dilemma. The perspective is neither left nor right, but of real-politik: http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20070501faessay86304/bruce-riedel/al-qaeda-strikes-back.html "Summary: By rushing into Iraq instead of finishing off the hunt for Osama bin Laden, Washington has unwittingly helped its enemies: al Qaeda has more bases, more partners, and more followers today than it did on the eve of 9/11. Now the group is working to set up networks in the Middle East and Africa -- and may even try to lure the United States into a war with Iran. Washington must focus on attacking al Qaeda's leaders and ideas and altering the local conditions in which they thrive."