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  1. ridetoofast

    ridetoofast scarred, broken and drunk

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/11/AR2005101101353_pf.html

    Seized Letter Outlines Al Qaeda Goals in Iraq

    By Susan B. Glasser and Walter Pincus
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Wednesday, October 12, 2005; A13



    Al Qaeda's top deputy urged the leader of his Iraq branch in July to prepare for the inevitable U.S. withdrawal by carrying out political as well as military actions, and he lectured him that he risked being shunned by an Islamic world angered over his gruesome and not "palatable" killings of fellow Muslims, according to an intercepted letter released yesterday by the U.S. government.

    The 6,000-word letter from Osama bin Laden's chief lieutenant, Ayman Zawahiri, to Iraqi insurgent leader Abu Musab Zarqawi amounts to a detailed portrait of al Qaeda's long-term goals in Iraq and the Middle East, and includes a striking critique of how Zarqawi has gone about waging his war against not only U.S. troops but also Iraqi civilians. The letter was posted yesterday on the Web site of Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte -- http://www.dni.gov -- after senior intelligence officials released excerpts of it last week.

    Invoking the specter of the United States abruptly abandoning Iraq as it did to Vietnam, Zawahiri counseled immediate political action: "We must take the initiative and impose a fait accompli upon our enemies, instead of the enemy imposing one on us."

    The missive also suggests the degree to which al Qaeda's leadership remains eager to assert its prerogatives with Zarqawi, who has become the increasingly public face of the movement when Zawahiri and bin Laden are in hiding. Although the letter does not contain a direct reference to Zarqawi until a cryptic greeting to him at the end, a senior intelligence official who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity said "it's absolutely certain" it was meant for Zarqawi, declining to elaborate on how U.S. officials made that conclusion. The letter was dated July 9, but the official would not say whether it had been sent. "We obtained it in the course of counterterrorism operations in Iraq," he said.

    Throughout, Zawahiri -- the Egyptian doctor who fused his own Islamic movement with bin Laden's al Qaeda in the late 1990s and is believed to operate now as the group's top commander -- comes across as a strategist trying to rein in a guerrilla operating at odds with the movement's political goals. The official said that in its repeated criticism of Zarqawi, the letter also amounts to a reproof from "an al Qaeda elder to an occasionally hotheaded field commander."

    "He comes down like a ton of bricks on what has happened tactically," the official said.

    "This is not a rant. It is more chilling in a sense because it's so well-argued, clean and calm," the official added. "There's a high political content. Zawahiri calls for political action equivalent to military action."

    Zarqawi has been high on the list of most wanted insurgents since last year after he pledged allegiance to bin Laden, but in recent months U.S. military commanders have given even greater urgency to disrupting his network of foreign fighters and Iraqi supporters. The network is still thought to constitute only a fraction of the Iraqi insurgency in numbers, but it is credited with carrying out a disproportionately large share of the violence, as a result of suicide bombings often aimed at Shiite civilians to foment sectarian strife.

    But Zawahiri urged Zarqawi in the letter to change that formula and refocus on politics. When the United States leaves, al Qaeda must be ready to claim as much territory politically in the inevitable void that will arise, he writes. Zawahiri called that stage the setting up of an "emirate," in as much of Sunni-dominated Iraq as possible, to be followed by the longer-term goal of a "caliphate," reuniting the historical Islamic empire centered in modern-day Egypt, Lebanon and Israel.

    Zawahiri also questions Zarqawi's targeting of Iraqi Shiites, telling him bluntly that the "majority of Muslims don't comprehend this" and wondering whether such targeting is a "wise decision" given the need to wage war against the United States and the current Iraqi government. And even if Shiite leaders should be targeted, Zawahiri asks, "why were there attacks on ordinary Shia?"

    He also told Zarqawi that fellow Muslims "will never find palatable" the televised scenes of hostage beheadings that have earned Zarqawi the sobriquet "sheik of the slaughterers." among like-minded fighters. In the media battle "for the hearts and minds" of the Islamic world, Zawahiri said, such tactics will not work.

    Zawahiri has spoken before about the broad plans of the al Qaeda movement. In a book smuggled out of Afghanistan in December 2001, Zawahiri said the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks "would be nothing more than disturbing acts" if they "do not serve the ultimate goal of establishing the Muslim nation in the heart of the Islamic world." In the 2001 volume, he said the first goal should be to strike Americans and Jews "in our Muslim countries."

    In the new letter, Zawahiri said the Muslim masses "do not rally except against an outside occupying enemy, especially if the enemy is firstly Jewish and secondly American."

    In an unusual reverse, the letter asks Zarqawi to send money to al Qaeda, saying many of its "lines have been cut off," and that "we'll be very grateful to you" for financial help.
     

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  2. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    We should just make Iraq the 51 state. Instead of another star we should add a black hole to the flag to represent a festering pit that we throw money and lives into. It was such a fantastic idea invading the place it gives me goosebumps.
     
  3. ridetoofast

    ridetoofast scarred, broken and drunk

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    westy...how uncharacteristic of you to be sarcastic :p
     
  4. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    I'm not myself until my morning coffee is finished.

    I heard the above story on the radio this morning. Not suprising but certainly not good news. It would be irresponsible of us to leave Iraq but there seems to be no solution to leaving. Killing 10 or so terrorists or insurgents at a time isn't going to do it, they can make them faster.
     
  5. Reactor

    Reactor Turbo Monkey

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    I heard Bush is working on a contingency plan. MOAPS.. Mother of All Pork Sausages. It air drop spraying enough pork product to cover 10 square miles. After all the serious muslims kill themselves in shame, we tell everyone else it was just pork scented rose water.
     
  6. kidwoo

    kidwoo Celebrating No-Pants Day

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    That's pretty rad.

    My buddy had an idea shortly after 9/11/01 that we should just hand everyone on planes little baby pigs when they board. Apparently, muslims aren't allowed to die in the presence of swine.

    I do find it funny that you can spook a grown man by waving a piece of bacon at him. MMMMmmm bacon.
     
  7. ohio

    ohio The Fresno Kid

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    If you waved it like you were going to throw it away, I would totally freak out. I'd, like, flip out and kill old ladies.
     
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    motomike Turbo Monkey

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    dogs don't know its not bacon...
     
  9. ridetoofast

    ridetoofast scarred, broken and drunk

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    HOW TO STOP ISLAMIC TERRORISTS...... it worked once in our History...

    Once in U.S. history an episode of Islamic terrorism was very quickly stopped. It happened in the Philippines about 1911, when Gen. John J. Pershing was in command of the garrison. There had been numerous Islamic terrorist attacks, so "Black Jack" told his boys to catch the perps and teach them a lesson.

    Forced to dig their own graves, the terrorists were all tied to posts, execution style. The U.S. soldiers then brought in pigs and slaughtered them, rubbing their bullets in the blood and fat. Thus, the terrorists were terrorized; they saw that they would be contaminated with hogs' blood. This would mean that they could not enter Heaven, even if they died as terrorist martyrs.

    All but one was shot, their bodies dumped into the grave, and the hog guts dumped atop the bodies. The lone survivor was allowed to escape back to the terrorist camp and tell his brethren what happened to the others. This brought a stop to terrorism in the Philippines for the next 50 years.

    Pointing a gun into the face of Islamic terrorists won't make them flinch.

    They welcome the chance to die for Allah. Like Gen. Pershing, we must show them that they won't get to Muslim heaven (which they believe has an endless supply of virgins) but instead will die with the hated pigs of the devil.
     
  10. Ciaran

    Ciaran Fear my banana

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    I don't think it would have the desired effect today. I agree that brutality is a part of war and that tactics like that can be extremely effective, but I think if we did that we would end up with more acts of terrorism directed at us, not less.
     
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    Changleen Paranoid Member

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    Yeah. That'll work well. Just like the ****ting on the Koran thing was such a success...
     
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    Changleen Paranoid Member

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    BTW AQ are saying the letter is a fake.
     
  13. ohio

    ohio The Fresno Kid

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    GW's handwriting and poor grammar were a dead giveaway...

    "Dear mister leader of my Irakque stuff..."