Mullah Omar: More trouble dead than alive

If al Qaeda’s claim to leadership is seriously undermined by its lies about Mullah Omar, the unification of most or all the Islamist groups under Islamic State’s authority is a real possibility.

US State Dept. Photo/RewardsForJustice.net
Mullah Omar, pictured in an image from the US State Department affiliate website Rewards for Justice.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Friday, 08/14/2015 1:54 am EDT

Islamist fanatics, as you would expect, are very earnest about their beliefs. They accept that secrecy and deceit are necessary to mislead the enemy, but they do not expect their leaders to be lying to them. When they find out that they have been lied to, consistently and over a long period of time, they get very cross—and this has repercussions in the real world.

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