Terrorists Are Counting On the Left
If you support a cut and run strategy in Iraq, you may be comforted to know that you are on the same side as the terrorists.
Read the whole thing. They know that the media is the key to the battle, and there are some fatherly bits of wisdom as to how to conduct a proper terror campaign. Who ever said extremist killers didn't have a soft side?
In any case, for the more stupid, I reviewed the letter which provides a few insights. Zawahiri gets the fact (which the left does not) that his movement is not a local grass-roots movement, but rather a foreign interloper movement:
And it doesn't appear that the Mujahedeen, much less the al-Qaida in the Land of Two Rivers, will lay claim to governance without the Iraqi people.
But his remarks about the Taliban, the type of society he intends to impose on the Iraqis, absent Coalition intervention are particularly revealing, especially given his apparent tacit admission of affiliation with that gang:
We don't want to repeat the mistake of the Taliban, who restricted participation in governance to the students and the people of Qandahar alone. They did not have any representation for the Afghan people in their ruling regime, so the result was that the Afghan people disengaged themselves from them. Even devout ones took the stance of the spectator and, when the invasion came, the amirate collapsed in days, because the people were either passive or hostile. Even the students themselves had a stronger affiliation to their tribes and their villages than their affiliation to the Islamic amirate or the Taliban movement or the responsible party in charge of each one of them in his place. Each of them retreated to his village and his tribe, where his affiliation was stronger!!
He wants to be come more popularly acceptable, and even discourages the use of the kind of public violence and torture that have been Zarqawi's hallmarks (Nick Berg...), because the people generally don't like to line up behind violent murderers with bloodstained hands. Go figure.
But to the left, I encourage you...be a little smarter than the terrorists. Because only stupid people believe that they have a benevolent purpose, that they have a popular following, and that our actions in Iraq have raised up indiginous terrorist groups. As I recall, Nazi affiliation strangely diminished as the allies got closer to Berlin. But if you don't believe me, check the nationality of the terrorists you love. I'll get you started: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of the foreign terrorist movement is Jordanian.