The crimes of al Qaeda terrorism

We Americans remember Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda mostly for planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and the earlier attacks on the USS Cole off Yemen and U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.  But al Qaeda’s victims also include commuters in London and Madrid, dance hall patrons in Bali, hundreds of peaceful Shiite worshipers in Iraq and many others.

Madrid terror bombing

Click on the links below for a review of Al-Qaeda’s crimes.

Fact Sheet: Al Qaeda and Taliban Atrocities by the U.S. Department of State

al-Zarqawi’s toll of atrocities by Adam Fresco of the London Times

Timeline of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda’s atrocities by the London Telegraph.

Bin Laden’s global campaign leaves world bloodied by Luke Baker of Reuters

It is too bad Osama bin Laden can’t be put on trial.  This would have been a good opportunity to show the world the evidence of al Qaeda’s crimes.

And, no, I don’t think the misdeeds of the United States, Israel or other countries excuse or mitigate the crimes of al Qaeda.

Click on Now to Break the Al-Qaeda Franchise for thoughts of Ahmed Rashid, a distinguished Pakistani journalist.

Click on Top Ten Myths about Bin Laden’s Death for thoughts of Juan Cole, professor of Middle East history at the University of Michigan.

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