One has to wonder if this is simply sloppy reporting, or intense fear-mongering by this writer, lumping this group of African insurgents with Al-Qaeda.
And remember, in colloquial Arabic, the term "Al Qaeda" means, "the toilet"! What self-respecting group of insurgents wants to be known as "the toilet"?!?
When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable.
Why do people become insurgents? Does this happen when they have an education,believe the government actually listens to them, have a job,and hopes for better a life for their kids?
It happens when just the converse is the case.
Let's take a good hard look at conditions in Algeria, where this group comes from. As reported in:
"With 74 percent of vote turn out and an “amazing” 90 percent of the votes going to the candidate Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria is officially a banana republic."
"The Algerian youths are hurt the most with no job prospects, lack of housing, and a dim hope to make a decent life in their own country. Many proud Algerians are, for the first time, admitting to despair and are making the lethal journey to Europe by illegally crossing the Mediterranean to reach European shores. Mordantly, the needs, struggles, and concerns of the Algerian people were never discussed or debated during the so-called campaign. Bouteflika’s campaign rallies looked more like a dark comedy than a political gathering. To believe in the legitimacy of their campaign, the Bouteflika clan must either live in a bubble or think of their countrymen as brainless."
Unless and until the governments of both Algeria, and the rest of Africa and the Middle East, really make a concerted effort to address the needs of their people, movements like this are bound to spread like wildfire.