Friday, November 18, 2005

Zarqawi Works His Poll Numbers

In what is being called a "highly unusual" statement, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi has issued a taped statement saying that he wasn't targeting his fellow Muslims. But then he says that he means to still attack Jordan (last I checked, a place full of Muslims), because they are becoming more western.

The protests last week probably made the Jordanian-born Zarqawi a tad upset, so in an effort to correct his image, he issued a wierd statement intended to apologize--and then incite anger. Calling for the King's head is probably not the kind of thing that will make his fellow Jordanians forgive him.

Zarqawi knows he is in trouble with the populace he seeks to influence. And perhaps it would have been wise for him to remember that the first rule of terror is to scare people, not make them mad. Look how well it has worked for bin Laden.

This was a big mistake, both the bombing and the message. It's a sign of desperation. His popular relevance is waning in Iraq, and I think this indocates that he thinks he's getting closer to being killed or captured. He needs a new front. It appears that Jordan isn't it.


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