A good question. It seems these days if AQ is not blowing up buildings in NYC then we do not care what is going on…..which is a defeatist attitude.
I tried to keep AQ in the minds of my readers…….I wrote a post over a year ago…..https://lobotero.com/2017/07/26/where-oh-where-has-al-qaeda-gone/
So to help my readers get the feel of what is happening with AQ……
A comparative analysis of al-Qaeda messaging from the Osama bin Laden-era to today demonstrates continuity. Such messaging indicates that al-Qaeda continues in the well-worn path of bin Ladenism, even with the seventh anniversary of his death, still adamantly focusing on the United States as enemy number one.
In 1996, bin Laden faxed an Arabic message from Afghanistan to newspapers titled in part, “Expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula.” Included in this message was a call for all Muslims to defend the Ummah, or the global Islamic community, from the United States. Bin Laden commanded, “Clearly after Belief there is no more important duty than pushing the American enemy out of the Holy land…” Then, in 1998, bin Laden co-authored a fatwa, or Islamic legal ruling. This message demonstrates al-Qaeda’s anti-United States point of view, thereby framing the killing of Americans under bin Laden’s leadership as a legitimate strategic goal.
I wish I could say that Americans were concerned but they are not…..that is until another terrorists strikes in downtown Chicago and then they will do what they always do….blame others for their stupidity.