What is the best way to achieve legitimate political goals that correspond at once to clear national interests, a domestic consensus and international legitimacy?
Several different events in recent days across the Middle East and North Africa provide us with a fascinating menu of options to choose from. They suggest different levels of efficacy and legitimacy that any country or group of militants must assess in choosing their preferred means of action in the struggles they wage. The very different situations that occurred in the past few days include the following:
In Libya and Yemen, American missile strikes from drones reportedly killed two important Salafist-takfiri militants – Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an Algerian who had waged war and terror across several states in North Africa, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, a Yemeni whose years close to Osama bin Laden led him to the position of head of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.