The recent announcement, from the Obama administration, that the CIA and Pentagon will begin to covertly arm the rebels in Libya has set off alarm bells in some quarters.
Why? Because creditable sources have confirmed that many of the rebels are al-Qaeda affiliates. And the fear is deja vu all over again.
Recall that in the 1980's fight against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the US supported Muslim insurgents including al-Qaeda.
Al-Qaeda later attacked the US on 9/11 destroying the World Trade Center (WTC) and flying a passenger jetliner into the pentagon.
Demonstrating its superior understanding of the Muslim world the Obama administration has moved to allay these fears.
All al-Qaeda fighters receiving aid in Libya must swear to Allah, that they will not blow up the Freedom Tower, the replacement building to the WTC, at ANYTIME in the future.
Thanks to Obama's deep understanding of the Muslim world - he attended elementary school in Indonesia - most Americans feel completely safe due to this binding commitment from al-Qaeda.