I hope I'm wrong, but I fear that we're going to see more of this kind of story in days to come:
Gunmen opened fire on the Israeli Embassy in the West African nation of Mauritania on Friday morning, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
The gunmen fled after government guards fired back, the spokesman said.
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Two witnesses told The Associated Press the shooting was done by a group of men shouting "God is Great!" in Arabic before opening fire about 2 a.m.
The sands of the Maghreb are fertile soil for the growth of Jihadism. As Reuters notes:
The shooting stoked further fears of an upsurge of Islamic extremist violence in Mauritania, an Islamic Republic which straddles black and Arab Africa. In late December, suspected Mauritanian members of al Qaeda's North African branch killed four French tourists and some soldiers in two separate attacks.
Mauritania, one of only three Arab League members to even have diplomatic relations with Israel, and one of the more democratic countries in the region, is a logical target for those who oppose enlightenment, democracy and tolerance. As I've noted before, the U.S. ought to be doing more to support Mauritania now with aid, trade and development. It's a lot cheaper and a lot less bloody to do that now than to wait until Mauritania (or some other Maghreb country) becomes an al Qaeda haven.