Yesterday both Newsweek and the Boston Globe managed to get it ALL wrong.
The Globe published an editorial of fear. Not prudence, fear. In Al Qaeda Without Illusion the Globe centers on Waziristan, and then in fear recommends no action lest we piss them off and they go and do something which might make us even more nervous.
Were US troops to pursue bin Laden inside Pakistan, they could set off a chain of events that transforms Pakistan -- a nuclear power -- into an Al Qaeda state. Islamist extremism is primarily a challenge to the moderate mainstream of the Muslim world. America must protect itself against Islamist terrorism, but it should avoid falling into the traps that bin Laden and his gang set for it in Muslim countries. Musharraf has a potent army and a highly developed instinct for self-preservation. The United States should not be making it harder than it already is for him to cope with Pakistan's terrorist threat
Here's how it works, morons. Their religious teachings guarantee their victory. Therefore if we do nothing we embolden them, and if we do something it enrages them. Therefore we have to ensure we KILL THEM or one or the other will ensue, and EITHER ONE is bad for us. This is not about choosing hte least worst course. They are not the bad union press people against whom there will be many many go rounds in a shared future vision of some commonality. When the Globe's editor's encompass this unavoidable reality, they might be able to write a common sense editorial about it.
And then there is Newsweek, the Newsweek which praised Yusuaf Al Qaradawi as a moderate .