So Abu Muhammad Al-Julani announced that he is severing ties with (actually the term used is "disengage from") Al-Qa`idah. Of course, Western media (especially Western correspondents in Beirut) will rush to declare this as the biggest gift to enlightenment since the birth of Rousseau and Voltaire and Descartes. Western governments can now follow the footsteps of Gulf regimes and "do business" with Al-Qa`idah. Of course, the declaration did not have to include a shift in ideology or a deviation from the thought and practices of their guru, Bin Laden. It was a mere procedural matter that the Qatari regime arranged. I won't be surprised if Julani becomes a guest in the Oval Office in a Clinton or Trump administration.