Monday, February 09, 2004

Terrorists losing faith 

Moving here from the post below:

Coalition forces have found a memo that appears to be addressed to Osama bin Laden from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Remember him? He's the terrorist leader that the administration, in the runup to the war, claimed was running a terrorist operation in Iraq. Gosh, I guess they were right.

I have some issues with the opening graf of the AP article linked above:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A letter seized from an al-Qaida courier shows Osama bin Laden has made little headway in recruiting Iraqis for a holy war against America, raising questions about the Bush administration's contention that Iraq is the central front in the war on terror.
I don't think it raises questions at all. That al Qaeda is having trouble recruiting Iraqis is an indicator of success in the war on terror. If anything could rally militants to holy war, it's the occupation of a Muslim land by the infidel Americans. But apparently, the show of strength is dampening the hopes of terrorists, leading them to realize that their campaign isn't working. It was taken as an article of faith by al Qaeda and its ilk that America was weak, that America would run from danger, and that as a result, terrorists could attack America with impunity. Things like Beirut, Somalia, the African embassy bombings, and the USS Cole attack emboldened terrorists into thinking America had no stomach for a fight. Now the al Qaeda leader in Iraq has this to say:

America, however, has no intention of leaving, no matter how many wounded nor how bloody it becomes... We can pack up and leave and look for another land, just like what has happened in so many lands of jihad. Our enemy is growing stronger day after day, and its intelligence information increases.
Smash is right. We're winning.
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