I wonder if an ad went up on some websites on May 1, seeking applicants for a new commander-in-chief for al Qaeda? Trust me. Al Qaeda Inc. is not going to allow a leadership vacuum to develop — no matter how decentralized their operations become and how many terror franchises they open.
It’s a stark reality: Bin laden is dead, but his ideology is not. And inspirational leadership is the best catalyst for ideologies to thrive.
Today, the Islamic world is facing a hard choice: follow the militant ideology or revert to our roots of peaceful Islam? Choose militant figures or follow spiritual leaders? It’s like a billion investors looking at their portfolios and wondering: Where shall I invest my savings? The Corporation of Somali Pirates or Apple Inc.?
If al Qaeda wants to keep selling the shares for Corporation of Somali Pirates, they better fill their top spot soon.
So let’s imagine what an online ad from al Qaeda might look like:
“Seeking a new commander-in-chief for a multinational network of dedicated workers. Candidate must be fluent in the Salafi version of Jihad. Ten years of field experience is desirable (but could be waived for US citizens). Ability to work under stress and under cover is critical. Must be willing to relocate and travel. Interested applicants can call 1-800-TERROR1 for further instructions.”
Ironically, one group meeting the above criteria, Ahmadiyya Muslims, is bitterly persecuted by the same ideology of militancy and hatred that attacks America.
Since the President rightly claimed, “America can do whatever we set our minds to. That is the story of our history,” we must set our minds to finding and empowering a peaceful universal leadership within Islam. The world must float the ad, seeking a commander-in-chief for true Islam.
God willing, we can fill the position internally.