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May 6, 2007

Al Qaeda's Al-Zawahiri Wants More U.S. Dead in Iraq


Barely able to contain himself over the non-stop deluge of free propaganda handed him by Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and their fellow Defeaticrats, al-Qaeda's number 2 Thug-in-Chief has issued a new video statement mocking the Dems bill and saying he wants to spill more U.S. blood before America withdraws:

[...] Ayman al Zawahiri, mocks the bill passed by Congress setting a timetable for the pullout of U.S. troops in Iraq.

"This bill will deprive us of the opportunity to destroy the American forces which we have caught in a historic trap," Zawahiri says in answer to a question posed to him an interviewer.

Continuing in the same tone, Zawahiri says, "We ask Allah that they only get out of it after losing 200,000 to 300,000 killed, in order that we give the spillers of blood in Washington and Europe an unforgettable lesson."

Based on the references to the bill, the tape, produced by al Qaeda's propaganda arm, as-Sahab, appears to have been made after Congress passed the legislation last week but before President Bush vetoed in on Thursday.

According to Laura Mansfield, a counter terrorism analyst with Strategic Translations, an organization that monitors al Qaeda postings, the tape was posted on the Internet this morning and covers the usual range of Zawahri's topics including Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine.

There has been a flurry of audio and video releases featuring Zawahiri, although no new communication from Osama bin Laden since mid-2006.

As Pat Santy points out, Zawahiri's reasoning ability probably goes a long way to explaining why, after a thousand years or more, Islam still hasn't Left the 12th century.

On the other hand, al-Zawahiri apparently has more than a few friends among America's Left with very similar reasoning ability, as evidenced here, here, here, and here. In the astoundingly naive, amazingly shallow logic, and incredibly child-like narrow mindset of the Left, Al Qaeda just endorsed George Bush's plan for Iraq. Go figure ...

As one would expect, more rational, experienced, and informed minds who actually bothered to read the transcript of what al-Zawahiri said, have more than an iota of common sense, have been keeping up with events in the Middle East, and know of what they speak (who, like many of us, communicate with troops on the ground and knowledgeable experts in the ME on a daily basis), know that the exact opposite is the case; al-Zawahiri's tape is a call for help and there's nothing he wants more than to have the U.S. leave Iraq. Zawahiri himself made this perfectly clear in a letter he wrote to Zarqawi in July 2005. The letter was intercepted by coalition forces and subsequently published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which expressed the "highest confidence" in its authenticity. In the letter, Zawahiri underscored the centrality of the war in Iraq for the global jihad:

I want to be the first to congratulate you for what God has blessed you with in terms of fighting battle in the heart of the Islamic world, which was formerly the field for major battles in Islam's history, and what is now the place for the greatest battle of Islam in this era...
Zawahiri continued by warning Zarqawi to avoid the mistake that the Taliban made in Afghanistan of alienating the Afghan people, who joined the opposition and cooperated with U.S. forces (as we are beginning to see now in Iraq) to overthrow the Taliban. He reminded Zarqawi that al-Qaeda needs some semblance of popular support to realize its plans for Iraq once American forces are driven out:

The first stage: Expel the Americans from Iraq.

The second stage: Establish an Islamic authority or emirate, then develop it and support it until it achieves the level of a caliphate- over as much territory as you can to spread its power in Iraq, i.e., in Sunni areas, is in order to fill the void stemming from the departure of the Americans, immediately upon their exit and before un-Islamic forces attempt to fill this void, whether those whom the Americans will leave behind them, or those among the un-Islamic forces who will try to jump at taking power.

There is no doubt that this amirate will enter into a fierce struggle with the foreign infidel forces, and those supporting them among the local forces, to put it in a state of constant preoccupation with defending itself, to make it impossible for it to establish a stable state which could proclaim a caliphate, and to keep the Jihadist groups in a constant state of war, until these forces find a chance to annihilate them.

The third stage: Extend the jihad wave to the secular countries neighboring Iraq.

The fourth stage: It may coincide with what came before: the clash with Israel, because Israel was established only to challenge any new Islamic entity.

In other words that even the least rational among us can understand: Iraq Is a Strategic Battleground in the War Against Terrorism: Osama bin Laden himself recognized the importance of Iraq, where, he proclaimed, the "third world war is raging." Al-Qaeda's strategy is clear. It seeks to carve out a state-within-a-state in Iraq to use as a springboard for exporting terrorism and subversion.
Iraq looms much larger in al-Qaeda's plans than Afghanistan because of its strategic location in the heart of the Arab world; Iraq's close proximity to the Persian Gulf oil fields, a high-value target for attack; Iraq's usefulness as a staging area for attacks on neighboring countries and Israel; and the fact that Baghdad was once the seat of the caliphate that al-Qaeda seeks to recreate. As an Arab-dominated movement, al-Qaeda would have a much easier time operating from bases in Sunni Arab regions in Iraq than in Afghanistan or Pakistan, where Arab travelers stand out from the local population.

Bin Laden quickly grasped that Iraq was a more important front than Afghanistan in his global jihad and ordered many al-Qaeda forces to move there from Afghanistan in 2003. According to Taliban sources cited by Newsweek, bin Laden sent emissaries to meet with Taliban leaders in November 2003 to inform them that al-Qaeda was shifting resources and men from Afghanistan to Iraq.
Would al-Qaeda have done this if it did not want to take Iraq for itself as a base of operations to spread jihad throughout the ME, as bin Laden himself has said he wants to do?

Fortunately, there are many that are not as clueless as many of our friends on the Left. Among those that "get it" include Jawa Report, Atlas Shrugs, Gateway Pundit, Glenn Reynolds, and Andrew Bolt.

You can watch the ideo here: Zawahiri Taunts Democrats Over Iraq Withdrawl Resolution

SITE Institute: As-Sahab Video of Third Interview with Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri - 5/2007

Apparently, al-Qaeda includes young Muslim school girls among the several hundred thousand "American" lives it wishes to take before the U.S. leaves Iraq, or perhaps the lives of innocent young Muslim school girls are simply of no importance whatsoever.

Cross posted from Hyscience

Posted by Richard at May 6, 2007 12:16 PM

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