Peace for our time.
Barack Obama declared an end to war yesterday in his second Inaugural speech.
The AP reported:
President Barack Obama says that a decade of war is now ending and an economic recovery has begun.
America’s possibilities are limitless, the president said in his inaugural address. He said we will seize this moment if we seize it together.
Obama said that America can’t succeed when only a few at the top do well and a growing many can barely make it. The country’s prosperity must rest on a rising middle class, he said.
he forgot to tell the terrorists.
Meanwhile, Al-Qaeda went on a recruitment and fundraising spree following the Algerian gas plant massacre.
The Washington Post reported:
A week of violence in Algeria and Mali has transformed al-Qaida’s North Africa branch into a cause celebre for militant Islamists around the globe, boosting recruitment and fundraising for the jihadists and spurring fears of further terrorist attacks in the region and beyond.
Even after suffering tactical defeats in both countries in recent days, the movement known as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb is being lionized in Internet chat rooms and in official statements by extremist groups, some of which are urging reprisal campaigns against Western interests.
U.S. officials and terrorism analysts are pointing to last week’s hostage drama in eastern Algeria as a turning point for the al-Qaida offshoot, boosting its credibility while marking its transition from a predominantly Algeria-focused organization to a true multinational threat able to draw manpower, weapons and resources from across the region.
As American troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan in the next two years, ending a conflict that started as an effort to crush al-Qaida after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Washington and other Western capitals face the grim threat of a virulent new al-Qaida wing capable of a broad reach.