Thursday, October 13, 2005

Zawahiri's Letter to Zarqawi

I'm sure most of you have read at least part of the letter from Zawahiri to Zarqawi that intel intercepted. I've thought for some time that Zarqawi had strayed from his original plans and got caught up in the frenzy of his bloodthirst.

Zarqawi forgot his own quote from some time ago, "We are seriously preparing media material that will reveal the facts, call forth firm intentions, arouse determination, and be[come] an arena of jihad in which the pen and the sword complement each other."

.... and jumped straight to the beheadings.

If you ask me, Zawahiri is trying desperately to salvage the relationship. It wouldn't be good to admit they made a mistake by taking Zarqawi under their wing. To openly oust him would undermine even more of the declining confidence they had built up in Iraq and break up tactical coordination as well.

If I were Zawahiri, I'd send a suicide bomber or a sniper to Zarqawi's headquarters, shoot him/blow him up, write him a glowing eulogy and blame it on any number of people. I'd be rid of him and still maintain the confidence of my followers.

Don't tell him I said that though.


At 10/13/2005 03:10:00 PM, Blogger Carola said...


At 10/13/2005 06:54:00 PM, Blogger Timmer said...


--Not a bad idea...hope he doesn't read this! ;-)

As I have written also, the thing that struck me the most about the letter was Zawahiri's seemingly (and hopefully) desperate hope that we will repeat our mistakes of Vietnam. Like everyone else in the world who is paying attention, he sees our own politicians and celebrities caving in - and it is indeed assailing the American will to continue (reminiscent of 30-some years ago).

His worst fears are that this President and the American military will continue with the mission, as promised. Without the collaps of our national will, al-Qaieda stands no chance of gaining a sanctuary in the Middle East.

At 10/13/2005 07:24:00 PM, Anonymous Pavel said...

Wow, this was great, Person! Hopefully Zawahiri is following this blog, and will take you up on the suggestion.

At 10/14/2005 05:07:00 AM, Blogger A Person said...

Timmer: Oh he's hoping we lose our will, but I don't think he really believes that. He has a duty to convince others though. And Bush hasn't wavered one fraction of an inch, thankfully.

Pav: You're not gonna tell him, are ya?


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