Saddam has been captured, but the jihad continues. Although the jihadis have received a huge blow, the ideological basis of the global jihad movement, which is not based on the charismatic appeal of any leader but on elements of Islamic theology and law, ensures that the movement will continue. Jihadis fought for Saddam despite his dubious piety because Islamic law stipulates that jihad must continue even if a Muslim leader is a tyrant; they certainly won’t be giving up now that he is out of action.
A bit of evidence for this comes from Afghanistan, where “a Taliban commander once held at the US military base in Guantanamo but released in July is reportedly back in Afghanistan and in charge of attacks against US forces there.”
“Sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan have told Time magazine that Mullah Shehzada, who was among 16 Afghans freed from the US base in Cuba, masterminded a jailbreak in Kandahar in October in which 41 captured Taliban burrowed under prison walls with help from bribed guards.
“A deputy to Taliban army chief Mullah Fazal Mazloom before his capture during the 2001 Afghanistan war, Shehzada allegedly seized control of Taliban operations against US forces and their Afghan allies in the southern part of the country once he was back in Afghanistan.
“Asked why Shehzada had resumed attacks on US forces, Taliban spokesman Hamid Agha said: ‘Once a Taliban, always a Taliban. Now he wants revenge.’
“The Pentagon declined to comment on the report, the weekly said.” That’s understandable. After all, somebody there made the decision to free this man.