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June 7, 2012

by Shmuel Rosner

June 7, 2012 | 3:50 am

Al Qaeda No. 2 Abu Yahya al-‎Libi was killed in Pakistan in an American military drone strike. (Photo: Reuters)

Noteworthy

The Stalled Arab Spring

Writing in the National Interest, Aaron David Miller fears the wave of ‎revolutions across the Arab world cannot lead to democracy. ‎

Real power sharing requires a commitment by politicians and publics to a ‎national vision designed to further the common good and respected ‎institutions that govern political behavior. None of this is yet evident. ‎Instead, the Arabs have organized themselves into corporatist entities—‎military, tribes, Islamists of varying persuasions, minorities, Shia—each ‎determined to protect their own.‎

Can Al Qaeda recover? ‎

The death of Al Qaeda second in command Abu Yahya al-‎Libi in an American drone strike will have a significant ‎impact on the terrorist organization, write Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau for ‎the Daily Beast.

Al-Libi’s death seems to have shaken al Qaeda militants and Taliban fighters ‎nearly as much as bin Laden’s did. U.S. officials tend to focus on al-Libi’s role ‎as a planner of attacks, a “general manager” who was responsible for al Qaeda’s ‎day-to-day operations, and as a gatekeeper for those who wanted to see or ‎communicate with the elusive and irascible Zawahiri. And it’s true that the ‎Libyan was a dangerous operational planner. But he also presided over al ‎Qaeda’s religious council, and his extremist admirers viewed him more as an ‎inspirational leader and motivator than as a field commander. That fact will make ‎him far more difficult for the terrorist group to replace than any of the No. 2’s and ‎‎3’s who preceded him.‎


Media Digest

Haaretz: In attempt to garner votes, Obama is ignoring the Palestinians

Jerusalem Post: PM’s secret weapon: Kadima

Times of Israel: Israel and the boat people

New York Times: U.S. Attacks, Online and From the Air, Fuel Secrecy Debate

Washington Post: New massacre in Syria reported

Wall Street Journal: Annan ‎Pursues Talks on Easing ‎Assad Out

 

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