"That's the whole gamble of the Arab Spring, remember? (From the perspective of U.S. counterterrorism, at least.) That freedom, justice and dignity undermines al-Qaida by showing the world what mature Muslim democracy looks like? You can't suddenly jump off that train because you forgot for a second that you're supposed to be scaring people with threatening images of Scary Muslims.
I want every journalist to put this reminder over his or her desk: 'When I imply that al-Qaida is commensurate with mainstream Islam, it's like throwing a bucket of ice water on Usama bin Laden in hell.'"
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