In Europe, Al Qaeda's first attack on Europe's leadership coupled with Islamist riots in France to crystallize the clash of Western and Islamic civilizations.
In the Middle East, the rising tide of anti-American sentiment was manifested in milestone democratic elections throughout the region that led to the election of Islamic terrorist groups to ruling national governments and dramatically increased the political influence of radical Islam, including the elections of: the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Palestinian territories (concluded in the opening days of 2006), and President Ahmadinejad in Iran. Additionally, the creation of governments in Afghanistan and Iraq constitutionally based on Islamic law (Sharia) signaled the spread of radical Islamic government.
In addition to democratic victories, radical Islam dramatically shifted the momentum of the war against the United States in the Middle East in 2005 with a galvanization of the Al Qaeda-led insurgencies against the two American occupations. In Afghanistan, the beginning of the ongoing Taliban resurgence reversed widespread jubilation over the recent inauguration of Afghanistan's first democratically elected government, now threatened with Taliban control of a majority of the countryside. Similarly in Iraq, the inception of a civil war combined with the dramatic escalation of Iraq's Zarqawi-led insurgency to reverse the widespread jubilation over Iraq's first democratic elections. More powerfully than any purely political developments, these military reversals fueled the radicalization of the Middle East in 2005.
Within the stateless empire of Al Qaeda, the anti-American revolution triggered Al Qaeda's high command's public reemergence as a command control center for the global terrorist empire based in Pakistan, marked by its unobscured association to the London bombings. Following Al Qaeda's apparent success in provoking a clash of civilizations, the high command's public reemergence signals its intention to resume its overt military offensive against the United States after allowing anti-American sentiment to rise for four years.
Once again, Afghanistan was an epicenter of a major geopolitical revolution. This climactic revolution marked a dramatic reversal in the momentum of both the 3-year-old world war and the continuing 1979 Islamic revolutionary movement that began Bin Laden's career.
The parallel career chronology of world-war provocateurs constitutes an epic historical coincidence. Statistical theory itself seems challenged by the earthshaking consequences of the highlighted events and the miraculous improbability that such a highly unique 27-year career could be repeated in this precise and rigidly sequential manner. The causes and consequences of this great mystery warrant investigation not merely to satisfy human curiosity but to probe a prospective boon to America’s ideological war against Al Qaeda. Most urgently, what does Osama bin Laden's historical alignment with Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler reveal about the scale of his threat and the nature of his intentions?
Threat? Is stateless nuclear terrorism the next revolution in blitzkrieg warfare? Does Al Qaeda’s military capability as a global nuclear power immune to nuclear counterattack anoint Bin Laden as a worthy successor to the military juggernauts Napoleon and Hitler? Is such powerful status also represented by Al Qaeda’s ability to withstand for eight years the superpower’s post-9/11 counterattack while waging an unprecedented global terrorist campaign in the meantime? The high command aside, do the tens of millions of supporters behind Al Qaeda’s global insurgency constitute an existential threat to America?
In 1799 Napoleon waged war on the infamous plain of Armageddon in an apocalyptic bid to create the modern state of Israel. Years later, Napoleon presented himself as the Messiah of Judeo-Christian apocalyptic mythology and then provoked a world war to conquer civilization on this basis. During the next coming of a world-war provocateur, Hitler portrayed himself as his culture’s Messiah and then launched a war that culminated in his bid to enact the Nordic vision of the Apocalypse (Valhalla) in 1945 Berlin. Is Bin Laden another suicidal megalomaniac who provoked a world war in a bid to trigger the Apocalypse and portray himself as the awaited Messiah who conquers humanity and creates paradise on Earth? Will Bin Laden’s ideologically based empire lose its public support, and eventually its existence, if its leader is widely vilified as a self-serving, mass-murdering Messiah pretender akin to Hitler?