Youssef Ibrahim has laid out the seven fronts of the Global War on Terror in an articulate New York Sun article, summarized below:
- Lebanon and Iraq are full-blown crises, both driven by Shiite and Sunni jihadists. In Iraq, the Shiites and Sunnis are fighting each other, but they occasionally join hands in an effort to defeat the American project. In Lebanon, the Shiite Hezbollah terror group has dragged the country into a war with Israel, but in the process is returning Lebanon to the combined influence zone of Iran and Syria while destroying its Western-friendly government.
- In Gaza, a jihadist Palestinian Arab terror group, Hamas, is engaged in a second-front war with Israel.
- In Egypt and Jordan, two countries that have signed a peace treaty with Israel, the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood is ramping up the pressure, organizing demonstrations and a huge press campaign in support of the ongoing Hezbollah and Hamas wars.
- From his hideout in Afghanistan, Ayman al-Zawahiri has announced a union of al-Qaeda with Gamaa Islamiya of Egypt, the terror group that assassinated President Sadat. Gamaa Islamiya is urging all jihadists to support their Shiite Hezbollah brethren in Lebanon, and pushing for all jihadists in Iraq to fight Americans.
- In Baghdad last week, the Iraqi Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr organized the largest anti-American, anti-Israel demonstration in the world, in the very heart of the Iraqi capital.
- Yesterday, the world was reminded once again how far the jihadist tentacles extend, as Britain announced the arrest of 24 Muslims on the verge of launching the biggest attack on airplanes and passengers since the September 11, 2001, assault on America.
To be sure, there is no evidence these jihadists have coordinated their actions, but they are waving at each other under what will surely be a unity banner. How could they not?
Israel can no longer count on a peaceful future. The real aim of the jihadist Hezbollah and its masters in Iran and Syria was to revive the notion that Israel can be militarily engaged - and that it can be made to bleed. That much has already been accomplished, as evidenced in Saudi, Kuwaiti, and Arab Gulf newspapers, which are now filled with editorials and letters to the editor calling for a "united front" against Israel and open borders in states neighboring it, so that the jihadists can "cross to the fight," even though the governments of those oil-rich countries are far more concerned with Iran and Syria than they are with Israel.