Al-Qaeda is more than just an organization; it is an ideology and a popular global brand that spins a heroic narrative with an idealized version of Islamic jihad. It tries to send the message of anti-Muslim oppression and global jihad to the developmental needs of adolescents.
How about defeating Al-Qaeda? What is the best way to break a terrorist? Waterboarding? Stress positions? What about pizza, ice cream, or sugar-free cookies?
Ali Soufan, FBI interrogator’s memoir “The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda” throws light on the issue.