TDAXP makes a prediction that I think is right on:
I have argued before that because of the Left’s fascination with “other voices,” al Qaeda will become a hip movement on college campuses (in the sense that Che is now or the Viet Cong once was) . This will happen in a generation after 9/11.
I had some further thoughts from my College experience (which will appear at some time on the site I assume):
College students are sort of dumb.
I went to a top 20 university  – a public one though, not a private.
My fellow young students were all mostly smart.
There were also naive.
They were surrounded by “career” students who were for the most part committed leftists/Marxists of various flavors or factions. Many of the professors and academic staff were as well (especially in the Liberal Arts College). They were still working for the revolution (whatever that meant exactly, you didn’t want to ask to many questions, less they try to recruit you or put you on an enemies list).
While many students could avoid the overt politicing, the default position was Left. You had to struggle mentally to break free of that.
If it was anti-american, anti-western, anti-christian heck even anti-white it could be accepted.
If Al-Qada and its sympathizers can position themselves in the minds of the Leftist as an anti-us/anti-west force, the Left – especially on campuses – will pick up on that – much as they did with the PLO by turning the Keffiyeh from a political statement  to a fashion/political statement .
Al-Qada supporters in the west just have to find that symbol or item that they can turn into a fashion accessory, a sort of ideological flair. I suggest that they have OBL et al try out certain gloves, wrist bands, or sunglasses.
Heck as an entrepreneur and US citizen if I could figure it out, I would market it myself to fund my book and cd buying habits while at the same time turning over the purchase records to my local JTTF contact.
Some further thoughts:
- If we know this is going to happen, can we plan a ridicule campaign now?
- How can I profit from Al-Qada future useful idiots?
- What can be done to take academia back from the left?