Try this informal survey at work. First, ask your co-workers if they know who won the last American Idol contest. Some of them will probably be able to tell you what the last song they sang was, too. Next, ask them what they can tell you about 'Ayman Zwahiri. I'm very curious to know how many people, or what percentage of the American population can identify this man.
Zwahiri, if you don't know, which is understandable because he doesn't get quite as much press as an American Idol contestant might, is Bin Laden's right hand man. Some call him his mentor. I guess the best way to put it, as far as I can understand it, is that he's the guy who supplies Bin Laden with the "intellectual" underpinnings of Al Qaeda's actions.
What bothers me is that people don't know who he is. It seems to me that if you're at all gung-ho about the War-On-Terror, I'm sorry, the struggle against international extremism (see next post), you should probably be aware of some of the players involved. If people did know a little bit more about what was going on in this mess, maybe we wouldn't have invaded Iraq. Perhaps if people start now to understand who's who, we can avoid future debacles.