The reason why its been so quiet in the west is because our intelligence services are doing a good job. The police are very active on a weekly basis carrying out raids based on communications intercepts. And god knows what 'black ops' we're engaged in around the world, let them get on with it I say. All this call for less monitoring of emails, phone calls and other things that is the only way for us to combat these cretins are ridiculous - google does it anyway, our society is hardly free and open, it can never be. This is an intelligence war, not a 'boots on the ground' war, so lets get those drones up there and keep an eye on them. Al Qieda certainly are not quiet in other countries and regions of the world. I've a friend who lives in Karachi and there are pretty much daily bombings horrendous attrocities carried out there, he's too scared to leave his own house, so they are still very active. They want to turn every country in the Middle East into an extreme Islamic state. But as far as we're concerned their strategy appears to be let things quieten down, lull us into a false sence of security, hope we'll let our guard down, then hit us. They thrive on the illusion of a threat rather than real threats.
We can't give these bastard an inch, and it is a war that can't be won by any side, so this is it for the foreseeable future. These guys believe they are doing God's work so the only way this can be settled is to irradiate religion. Obliously that isn't going to happen.
And so what if in the past we've cosied upto these idiots. That's politics, you can't live In a dreamworld where you play by the book according to your morals. Today's allies are potentially tomorrow's enemies. We have global interest and we can't fight all the wars and conflicts around the world we have an interest in, so we pay other people to fight our wars. We funded and trained the Taliban when the Russians invaded. That was a smart move as it halted the Ruskies progess and preventing them from dominating that region and having a platform to go further into south east Asia. Now we're fighting the Taliban. That's the world we've created for ourselves, unfortunately.