Robert Fisk: Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the new face of al-Qa'ida (and why he's nothing like Osama bin Laden)
"HAD he his hurts before?" Siward asks of his slain son in Macbeth.
He wants to know if his son’s wounds proved he was fighting Macbeth’s goons when he died, or whether – if stabbed in the back – he had been running away.
Macbeth would have made a pretty good Middle Eastern dictator, obsessed with power, murdering his rivals, oppressing his people under the fatal influence of a spoiled, ruthless wife. And al-Qa’ida, in its battles with its infidel enemies – the Russians, the Americans, Israel, the West and the Arab potentates who do, or did, our bidding – does not run away. Their battle wounds are part of their personalities.