This is an interesting perspective:
The vast majority of Muslims and even Islamists recoil form the daily pictures of Sunni mass murder of Shia in Iraq. Even Al Qaeda’s number two understands as much and “in a letter made public last week, Al Qaeda’s second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, cautioned Mr. Zarqawi against particularly gruesome executions and attacks on Iraqi civilians for fear of their negative impact on the global jihadi cause.” Why do you thing Nazi sympathizers try to deny the Holocaust? Is it because they are proud of it?
Blowing up Westerners may seem like romantic justice to ideological radicals. Blowing up hapless fellow Muslims less so. In other words, the Islamist may have to give up on Iraq and permit an establishment of a democratic form of government there which would accelerate significantly the reform process already underway in the Greater Middle East.
Nor would it be easy for the Islamists to intensify their campaign in the West without causing major difficulties to their Diaspora which includes their own leadership. The home grown London bombing began to put an end to their cherished safe haven of Londonistan. The rest of the West is going to follow suit even more vigorously after the next bombing.
I have to agree with one central aspect of this post- it does seem to me, what with the flourishing cable news enterprises and expanding press in the Middle East, continued mass execution of civilians in the pursuit of some Holy War would on its face seem an untenable and unsustainable endeavor. Your thoughts?