Biden and the West Need a True Strategy for Confronting Persistent Islamist Threat

The Biden administration finally got a long-overdue win. A drone eliminated al-Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, but no doubt that successful feeling will not last long. In fact, we already know his likely replacement will be Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian national and longtime al-Qaeda emir.

Elsewhere in the Middle East, America’s devoted ally Israel last month killed at least two leaders from the terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad. They, too, will be replaced in short order.

Unless the West cripples the source of Islamist ideology that connects these various terrorist organizations, killing leaders from al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad or any other deranged and violent groups amounts to nothing more than an interminable game of whack-a-mole.

Put another way: If the West does not actively work to dismantle the underlying philosophy that serves as the nexus for these Islamic terrorist groups, then we will never end the scourge of global Islamic terrorism.

Consider America’s Afghanistan policy. Following the Biden administration’s short-sighted, feckless and deadly abandonment of Afghanistan last year, the Taliban not only violated all agreed-upon terms for the U.S. withdrawal, but it has resumed providing safe haven to the very Islamic terrorists who took aim at the Twin Towers on Sept. 11.

In the end,

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