President Obama Should Meet With Al-Qaeda

February 12, 2013 9:45 am 3 comments

Al-Qaeda training in an Iraqi desert before launching a deadly attack on Iraqi policemen. Photo: screenshot via youtube.

With the news that President Obama is embarking upon a Middle East trip, perhaps it is time for Americans to demand he meet with Al-Qaeda representatives while in the region. After all, after so many years of bloodshed, isn’t it time those who seek peace and reconciliation in the Middle East try and give peace between America and its enemies a chance?

Perhaps things are changing for the terror organization. Bin Laden is long dead, it is many years after 9/11 and there is a new reality in the Middle East. Al Qaeda is surely more moderate as expressed by their re-naming as ”Ansar al Sharia” (Army of Islamic Law), and the organization is working hard to become a political movement. Surely Americans shouldn’t anger the world’s Muslims by refusing to meet with such a powerful organization that represents so many in that region of the world which is so strategically important to the West?

This week a U.S. Justice Department memo was leaked which showed that President Obama has the authority to order the targeted assassination of anyone – including American citizens – believed to be associated with Al-Qaeda, even if they are not engaged in an active terror plot against the United States. Americans collaborating with al-Qaeda can be killed – even without being charged. The memos vaguely add that “informed, high-level officials” must determine that these individuals are involved in Al-Qaeda.

As Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian wrote, this is “The most extremist power any political leader can assert is the power to target his own citizens for execution without any charges or due process, far from any battlefield.” This startling revelation should prompt Americans to be even more insistent on initiating dialogue. Is Obama not concerned for his legacy as a man of peace?

After all, even the 70-year-old American aid worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan a year ago, Warren Weinstein, and is being held by Al-Qaeda, appealed to Obama to negotiate. As Weinstein said, if Obama negotiates, “then I will live and hopefully rejoin my family and also enjoy my children, my two daughters, like you enjoy your two daughters.” If not, the man will surely die.

Now, of course I don’t agree with any of the above – nor would anyone with common sense. So why then are similar actions demanded of Israel? Terrorists are terrorists, whether they are called Al-Qaeda or Hamas. And guess what, Netanyahu cannot order Israelis to be killed as Obama can Americans.

Now, who is the true man of peace? Let Israel handle its terrorists the same way America does.

Ronn Torossian is CEO of 5W Public Relations, a leading PR firm.

With the news that President Obama is embarking upon a Middle East trip, perhaps it is
time for Americans to demand he meet with Al-Qaeda while in the region. After all, after
so many years of bloodshed isn’t it time those who seek peace and reconciliation in the
Middle East try and give peace a chance amongst America and their enemies?

Perhaps it is time to realize that Bin Laden is long dead, it is many years after 9/11 and
there is a new reality in the Middle East. Al Qaeda is surely more moderate with their
rebranding to “Ansar al Sharia” (Army of Islamic Law) and the organization is working
hard to become a political movement. Surely Americans must not anger the world’s
Muslims by refusing to meet with such a powerful organization that represents so many
in that region of the world which is strategically important to the West,

This week a U.S. Justice Department memo was leaked which showed that President
Obama has the authority to order the targeted assassination of anyone – including
American citizens – believed to be associated with Al-Qaeda even without an active
plot to engage in terror against the U.S. Americans collaborating with al-Qaeda are
being killed – even without being charged. The memos are vague in defining that vague
“informed, high-level officials” must determine these people are involved in Al-Qaeda.

As Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian in the U.K. wrote this is “The most extremist
power any political leader can assert is the power to target his own citizens for
execution without any charges or due process, far from any battlefield.” Even more
following this startling revelation the people must demand dialogue. Is not Obama
concerned for his legacy as a man of peace? Killing Americans?

After all a 70-year-old American aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan a year ago Warren
Weinstein is being held by Al-Qaeda and even he appealed to Obama to negotiate. As
Weinstein said if Obama negotiates “then I will live and hopefully rejoin my family and
also enjoy my children, my two daughters, like you enjoy your two daughters.” If not,
the man will surely die. Moreover, there are American soldiers at war and these drones
from Pakistan to Yemen are surely a violation of human rights law.

Now, of course I don’t agree with any of the above – nor would anyone with a
brain. So why then are similar actions demanded of Israel to deal with the enemy?
Terrorists are terrorists whether they are called Al-Qaeda or Hamas. And guess what,
Netanyahu cannot order Israelis to be killed as Obama can Americans.

Now, who is the true man of peace? Let Israel handle the terrorists the same way
America does.

Ronn Torossian is CEO of 5W Public Relations, a leading PR firm.

3 Comments

  • Bob Hope, “Thanks for the menories, thanks for the laughs”,,,,, Al-Qaeda, the U.S.’s creation, invention, Love child given up for adoption and she just pops up anytime, anywhere on the globe at terrorist enthusiates convenience,,, articles title “President Obama should meet with Al-Qaeda”, America’s “prodigal son” state sponsored(international) that is. Terrorism has become big bussines and has f-cked up the world economies and only HaShem can balance the budget. Beating weapons into plow shears, spears into prunning hooks, men will not train for war(terrorism) no more. How many of us have taken G-ds(PEACE) name in vain.

  • Better Idea, Ron….Maybe Obama will go to Mecca and as a Muslim American declare that the war between radical Islam and the West is over. Wow, think of all the Nobel Prizes he’ll get !

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