Anyone who says al-Qaida is just a bunch of guys wearing wraps on their heads has missed something. As I've noted before, al-Qaida is an example of an organiztion which has matched it's structure with the environment and uses a strong and compelling vision to keep it's momentum. They have a strategy to complete the vision, and they have a long-term view. They are not concerned with "this quarter's profits" but rather their corporate standing twenty years from now.
Ripped from today's headlines:
In a letter to his top deputy in Iraq, al-Qaida's No. 2 leader said the United States "ran and left their agents" in Vietnam and the jihadists must have a plan ready to fill the void if the Americans suddenly leave Iraq.Let us not underestimate them.
"Things may develop faster than we imagine," Ayman al-Zawahri wrote in a letter to his top deputy in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. "The aftermath of the collapse of American power in Vietnam — and how they ran and left their agents — is noteworthy. ... We must be ready starting now."