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Saturday, October 15, 2005

al-Qaeda in Iraq writes, please take note

George Rebane wrote in an e-mail:
On Tuesday 11 October our government through its Director of National Intelligence declassified and released in its entirety a long letter dated 9 July 2005 from al-Qaeda #2 man al-Zawahiri to al-Qaeda's Iraq leader al-Zarqawi.

This letter is now available [here,] and is making the rounds of the world's more serious op-ed pages.
George suggested those wishing to comment on the war in Iraq, in letters to the editor or on this blog, should read this letter before writing or posting.

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Blogger Frederic Christie said...

That letter is old hat. And it indicates precisely what the Left says: that Zarqawi's worst nightmare would be the US leaving.

Sat Oct 15, 02:08:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Frederic Christie said...

It's also important to note that al-Zarqawi's precise link to AQ is in question. al-Zarqawi has led his aspect (not the only aspect) of the insurgency with quite some success, and his faction was anti-AQ. Zawahiri is communicating tactical critiques, not orders.

Everyone knew that AQ and organizations like it want to establish an "amirate". The war in Iraq has helped them, by eliminating the nationalist leader there, getting rid of the space for nationalists to pit themselves as a third group against Americans AND the religious groups (the letter makes this emphatically clear), allowing them access to Saddam's weapons (including potentially the WMDs we were stumbling around looking for like headless chickens), and providing a rallying point and a battlefield.

Someone will undoubtedly point out that a withdrawal is their goal. Yes, and the longer till that withdrawal, the stronger they get. The Bush Administration has forced itself into an interesting game: the longer they hold on, the more they lose.

This is all assuming the letter isn't a psy-ops campaign, which is quite possible, as it has never been verified.

Sat Oct 15, 04:05:00 PM PDT  

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