chapter  14
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Al Qaeda: A different diagnosis: Xavier Raufer

ByXAVIER RAUFER

The demise of the bipolar world order has caused more than walls to crumble, which, in Berlin and elsewhere, had rendered impassable the frontiers of the former Eastern Bloc. Other, psychological, obstacles have also disappeared. Thus the binary representations of yesterday’s world-East versus West, political against criminal-now no longer make sense. “Political” players (guerrillas, militias, liberation movements, terrorist groups) and “common criminals” (organized crime, mafi as, cartels) that yesterday were evolving differently and distinctly suddenly occupied the same stage. By choice? No, but without their former sponsors, their only option was either mutation or disappearance.