Before we get too excited about news regarding the death of an al-Qaeda terrorist leader, let’s ponder the obvious.
Someone else is going to emerge to take this guy’s place.
And someone will emerge once we eliminate the new terrorist leader.
It’ll go on and on and on.
A drone strike killed Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi. It’s been called the most significant death of a terrorist leader since the May 2011 commando raid killed Osama bin Laden.
That’s good news. The more leaders we kill, the fewer of them are left to take up arms against us.
Does it mean we’ve wiped out the recruiting pool? Hardly.
What we’re seeing, though, is the consequence of President George W. Bush’s declaration of war against international terrorism in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. It’s a war that will go on long after those who are reading these words are gone. It’s a war we must fight, given that the terrorists started it with their heinous attack on us in 2001.
The question remaining though is: How will we know when we’ve finished the fight?
The answer remains as elusive today as it was when this fight began.