Thursday, May 03, 2007

al-Qaeda's Weakness

Austin Bay writes:

In February 2004, Iraqi and coalition intelligence intercepted a message to al-Qaida's "senior leaders." Written by al-Qaida's Iraqi commander, the now-deceased Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the letter outlined al-Qaida's last ditch "surge" plan for defeating democracy in Iraq and avoiding what it saw as a looming, devastating defeat for its totalitarian theology.

Zarqawi's letter lamented al-Qaida's "failure to enlist support" in Iraq and "to scare the Americans into leaving." After Iraqis run their own government, Zarqawi wrote, "the sons of this land will be the authority. ... This is the democracy. We will have no pretexts."

Bay goes on to detail al Qaeda's series of attacks, which aimed to destabilize the country in order to scare the U.S. out, and divide and cow the Iraqi people.

He sums it up:
"Al-Qaida's dark genius ... has been to connect the Muslim world's angry, humiliated and isolated young men with a utopian fantasy preaching the virtue of violence. That utopian fantasy seeks to explain and then redress roughly 800 years of Muslim decline."

It is precisely into the hands of this 'dark genius' that the Democrats, led by Harry Reid are playing. Reid, Pelosi, and Murtha are unwittingly fulfilling al-Qaeda's ends by their calls to pull out of Iraq.

History repeats itself.

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