Hardly a day goes by without an "expert" declaration about the global spectre of Al Qa'eda.
On Sunday Peter Bergen and CNN gave a shout-out to the "Al Qa'eda brand" --- you know, a terrorist version of McDonald's ("I'm Bombin' It") or Nike ("Just Jihad It"). "Analysts" and media maintained the reduction of the Syrian conflict as one in which "self-professed Al Qa'eda affiliates" were taking over and threatening Western interests --- offering little of substance in their portrayal of the situation on the ground and the factions in the Syrian insurgency.
But how can you become one of these "experts", out-Bergening the Bergens to get your own segment on CNN? Here's our handy 4-step guide:
1. Find a Really Catchy Title br>
2. Create a Catchy Brand br>
3. Tie It to the Notion of the "Enemy" br>
4. Apply It to Any Situation in the World