He was a true believer, a man who viewed himself on a mission to rid the world of evil. In this case, “evil” represented to the Jordanian doctor anything connected with the United States. President Obama believes enhanced use of drones or 30,000 more troops on the ground in Afghanistan will rid the world of terrorists. A new video depicts Al-Balawi, the Jordanian doctor who entered a CIA camp and blew himself up along with seven CIA agents and a Jordanian agent, was merely logically carrying out the dictates of his anger. He is shown on the video sitting next to the head of Pakistan’s Taliban while saying, “we will never forget the blood of our emir, Baitullah Mehsud. We will demand revenge for him inside America and outside.” His words reflect a man who believes in the righteousness of his cause to the extent of killing himself.
CIA Director Leon Paneta defended his agents and insisted they used proper precautions and were just getting ready to search al-Balawi when he killed himself. The problem is not military mistakes on the part of Americans, but continued inability to grasp the conflict is as much with ideas as it is with people. Drones can not destroy ideas, only ideas can destroy them. This has always been the fatal mistake of American foreign policy since 2001.