I just read this article about a terrorist attack in Yemen near Sanaa where five Spanish tourists were killed. I arrived at the article through a blog debate (where I left my unsolicited comments) regarding why fundamentalist terrorist groups target certain nations, nationalities and locations. Not to plagiarize myself, but I think that there is something very ironic about terrorism.
First, the great majority of victims of terrorist attacks are those people who reside within the nations that these “terrorists” claim to be defending. In other words, there are more “local victims” of terrorism in Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco, etc than there are “foreign victims” in theoretically exploitative industrialized nations. The same is true, for example, in the Basque Country, where the Basque people pay a much greater price for ETA than does the rest of Spain.
Next, is the issue of who the fundamentalist terrorists are actually attacking. For example, the great winners of the US war in Iraq is Iran (someday someone will need to explain to me why the US wanted a pro-Iran Iraq). If, as everyone in the media claims, the insurgents who are fighting in Iraq are terrorist operatives, that would mean that the terrorists are fighting for the Sunnis and against the pro Iranian Shiites. Even if they are fighting to expel the Americans, they are fighting in favor of the Sunnis and thus against the pro-Iranian Shiites. At the same time, the Iranians (who are Shiites) are also the principle supporters of Hezbolla in Lebanon, and Hezbolla’s whole existence is premised on destroying the State of Israel.
So if the fundamentalist terrorists theoretically have two demands — the removal of all foreign military presence from Muslim soil and the destruction of Israel — why would they be fighting in Iraq against Shiites, the biggest supporters of Hezbolla? Wouldn’t that mean that fundamentalists’ actions in Iraq actually debilitate Hezbolla’s efforts in Israel? It doesn’t quite add up? So who is attacking whom?