Thursday, October 13, 2005

Zawahiri letter very enlightening

A few days ago I posted on the release of a letter from Al Qaeda's man in Iraq, Zarqawi, in which he stated openly that he has no issue killing off non-combatant people. The only issue is whether they're muslim enough in his eyes.

Today, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released the full text of an intercepted letter from Al Qaeda's #2 man, Zawahiri, to Zarqawi that brings up some fascinating items into the light. The actual letter is available here in PDF format, or here in DOC format, if you prefer. Go to the Office's release site if you'd like to see it in the original Arabic.

Zawahiri's letter makes a few things perfectly plain and lays to rest, specifically, the fiction that having our troops cut and run would make the terrorism problem disappear. Zawahiri and bin Laden know all too well that the actual goal, here, is a global Caliphate with their battle extending far beyond the borders of Iraq:

::::::::It has always been my belief that the victory of Islam will never take place until a Muslim state is established in the manner of the Prophet in the heart of the Islamic world, specifically in the Levant, Egypt, and the neighboring states of the Peninsula and Iraq; however, the center would be in the Levant and Egypt. This is my opinion, which I do not preach as infallibile, but I have reviewed historical events and the behavior of the enemies of Islam themselves, and they did not establish Israel in this triangle surrounded by Egypt and Syria and overlooking the Hijaz except for their own interests.

As for the battles that are going on in the far-flung regions of the Islamic world, such as Chechnya, Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Bosnia, they are just the groundwork and the vanguard for the major battles which have begun in the heart of the Islamic world.
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Emphasis mine. Zawahiri leaves no confusion about his take on what has to happen to make that muslim state a reality. It begins quite simply with us turning and leaving Iraq. But it continues from there:

::::::::So we must think for a long time about our next steps and how we want to attain it, and it is my humble opinion that the Jihad in Iraq requires several incremental goals:

The first stage: Expel the Americans from Iraq.

The second stage: Establish an Islamic authority or amirate, then develop it and support it until it achieves the level of a caliphate- over as much territory as you can to spread its power in Iraq, i.e., in Sunni areas, is in order to fill the void stemming from the departure of the Americans, immediately upon their exit and before un-Islamic forces attempt to fill this void, whether those whom the Americans will leave behind them, or those among the un-Islamic forces who will try to jump at taking power.

There is no doubt that this amirate will enter into a fierce struggle with the foreign infidel forces, and those supporting them among the local forces, to put it in a state of constant preoccupation with defending itself, to make it impossible for it to establish a stable state which could proclaim a caliphate, and to keep the Jihadist groups in a constant state of war, until these forces find a chance to annihilate them.

The third stage: Extend the jihad wave to the secular countries neighboring Iraq.

The fourth stage: It may coincide with what came before: the clash with Israel, because Israel was established only to challenge any new Islamic entity.
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Again, emphasis mine. No bones about it, ladies & gentlemen. Al Qaeda desperately needs us to pull out of Iraq and, if we do so prematurely, they will not only seek to restore tyranny there, they will launch into the surrounding countries as well.

The one item in this letter than should be illuminating for everyone is that Al Qaeda is quite well aware of the battlefield it's operating on and where its most powerful chances for victory lie.

::::::::However, despite all of this, I say to you: that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media. And that we are in a media battle in a race for the hearts and minds of our Umma. And that however far our capabilities reach, they will never be equal to one thousandth of the capabilities of the kingdom of Satan that is waging war on us. And we can kill the captives by bullet. That would achieve that which is sought after without exposing ourselves to the questions and answering to doubts. We don't need this.::::::::

Zawahiri was speaking about Zarqawi's penchant for videotaped beaheadings and was trying to get across to him that they aren't helping the cause. Why not just shoot the hostages, instead? To the point, however, they know very well that they are playing to the cameras. Our media doesn't seem to mind being used like that, so long as it's not the Americans who are doing the using.