Thursday, October 13, 2005

Dear John er.. Abu Musab al Zarqawi

The big news this week seems to be the captured letter from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi. I think Lt. Smash at the Indepundit covers the main points of the 16 page missive very well. John Hinderaker's thoughts on the letter are available at Powerline Blog. Both are well worth reading.

I also have something to add to what Lt. Smash calls the "Iraq equals Vietnam fantasy" expoused by many on the Left and echoed by Zawahiri in the letter. Of course, there are few similarities between the current war with Iraq and the Vietnam conflict. Like Vietnam, the current war has drug on for more than a decade and a premature withdrawal of American forces would result in millions of slaughtered Iraqis. That's where the similarities end. However, there was another recent conflict that inspired the same high hopes and anticipation amongst terrorists, similar to those expressed by Zawahiri referring to the American exit from Vietnam. Somalia. Here's a snippet from John Miller's (ABC) 1998 interview with Osama Bin Laden:

Miller: Describe the situation when your men took down the American forces in Somalia.

So, when they left Afghanistan, they went to Somalia and prepared themselves carefully for a long war. They had thought that the Americans were like the Russians, so they trained and prepared. They were stunned when they discovered how low was the morale of the American soldier. America had entered with 30,000 soldiers in addition to thousands of soldiers from different countries in the world. ... As I said, our boys were shocked by the low morale of the American soldier and they realized that the American soldier was just a paper tiger.
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After a few blows, it forgot all about those titles and rushed out of Somalia in shame and disgrace, dragging the bodies of its soldiers. America stopped calling itself world leader and master of the new world order, and its politicians realized that those titles were too big for them and that they were unworthy of them. I was in Sudan when this happened. I was very happy to learn of that great defeat that America suffered, so was every Muslim.

The best recruiting tool in the world is victory, especially victory against greater odds. And speaking of Osama bin Laden, remember when his video aired days before the 2004 election? His speech had eerie echoes of Democrat campaign slogans and Michael Moore's latest film at the time. Well, once again a terrorist echoes the arguments of the left: Americans out of Iraq... fight Israel... Iraq is Vietnam...

I must admit that this letter does highlight a major difference of opinion between the terrorists and the reactionary leftists in the U.S. and Europe. Zawahiri and Zarqawi clearly are not the freedom fighters or even insurgents that moonbats like Cindy Sheehan have painted them to be. Why are we not hearing more from so-called "anti-war" protesters about the destruction these terrorists are wrecking in Iraq? The answer is simple. Though the methods may be slightly different, the goals are the same: weaken/defeat the United States and impose an agenda in the absense of U.S. power, by force if necessary.

The truth is that "anti-war" demonstrations were funded and organized by groups that are quite supportive of violence against their own enemies, such as the United States. We all know about duplicitous snakes, such as Ramsey Clark, who funded hundreds of protests against the invasion of Iraq all the while working for Saddam Hussein (he is Saddam's attorney even now). But it doesn't stop there. International ANSWER's coalition of "anti-war" groups includes the League for the Revolution Party (LRP) whose own policy resolution states the following:

We reject pacifism and campaign for the tactics of Trotsky’s proletarian military policy: arming and training the workers under the control of their own class organizations.

Well, at least they're pro-gun ownership! This should be touted in the media at every one of these so-called war protests! The fact that these groups are not protesting war, but they are protesting against democracy and liberty. Take the Workers World Party for instance. Sure enough, they're quick to oppose Bush and "The War", but they also refer to the protesters in Tiananmen Square as counter-revolutionaries and praise the Chinese government for resisting them.

This is not a new discovery. It has been covered in Salon, Front Page Magazine, and many more publications. The fact that it is not new is exactly why I find it so surprising that so many Democrats align themselves with these demonstrably pro-war, anti-democracy, and anti-liberty forces.

* 9:27 AM - Edited for clarity.

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