Right around the fourth anniversary of 9/11, the Boston Globe ran an op-ed by Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, associate director of the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University, entitled, “Time To Talk To Al-Qaeda?“
Though dismissed widely, the best strategy for the United States may well be to acknowledge and address the collective reasons in which Al Qaeda anchors its acts of force. Al Qaeda has been true to its word in announcing and implementing its strategy for over a decade. It is likely to be true to its word in the future and cease hostilities against the United States, and indeed bring an end to the war it declared in 1996 and in 1998, in return for some degree of satisfaction regarding its grievances.
Needless to say, many take issue with the argument that al-Qaeda has legitimate “grievances” and that we ought to acknowledge and address them; the faith in the good word of bin Laden and Zawahiri is also quite striking. And more than a few readers felt that running a “maybe these murderous terrorists have a legitimate reason for their actions” op-ed the week of the 9/11 anniversary was a slap in the face of the victims and their families.
Today the Globe runs an op-ed by Democratic consultant who declares Sarah Palin has “a Taliban-like tolerance for beliefs unlike her own.”
Swell. Marking the anniversary of the worst day of our lives (God willing nothing worse ever comes) by comparing our political opponents to those who protected the mass murderers of Americans.
I hope the editors of the Globe are proud of themselves.