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June 24, 2005
Guess Who's Paying Zarqawi?

According to the US News and World Report, Islamist terrorist groups in Iraq not only get support and funding from dispossessed Saddamites and disgruntled Syrians, but also have a stream of donations coming from Europe itself. David Kaplan discovers that "liberal" Europe has a network of donors stuffing spare euros into Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's pockets:

Who's funding the insurgents in Iraq? The list of suspects is long: ex-Baathists, foreign jihadists, and angry Sunnis, to name a few. Now add to that roster hard-core Euroleftists.

Turns out that far-left groups in western Europe are carrying on a campaign dubbed Ten Euros for the Resistance, offering aid and comfort to the car bombers, kidnappers, and snipers trying to destabilize the fledgling Iraq government. In the words of one Italian website, Iraq Libero (Free Iraq), the funds are meant for those fighting the occupanti imperialisti. The groups are an odd collection, made up largely of Marxists and Maoists, sprinkled with an array of Arab emigres and aging, old-school fascists, according to Lorenzo Vidino, an analyst on European terrorism based at The Investigative Project in Washington, D.C. "It's the old anticapitalist, anti-U.S., anti-Israel crowd," says Vidino, who has been to their gatherings, where he saw activists from Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Italy. "The glue that binds them together is anti-Americanism."

The groups are working on an October conference to further support "the Iraqi Resistance." A key goal is to expand backing for the insurgents from the fringe left to the broader antiwar and antiglobalization movements.

Given the rhetoric we've seen coming from rallies sponsored by International ANSWER and other such groups, expanding the reach of the Euro-Islamist Bund doesn't seem far-fetched. Most of them preach outright support of the so-called "resistance", even after the Iraqis themselves elected a government at great personal risk that not only supports the foreign troops, but has traveled to Washington to keep in place. For these people, elected representatives like Ibrahim al-Jaafari amount to nothing but puppets for Western capitalists, while Zarqawi and his bloodthirsty, head-chopping gangs of lunatics represent the real Iraqis. At least, they represent the real Iraqis still left after the Islamofascists kill as many as they can until they grab power.

Principled opposition to war has its place, although I disagree with it. This is different -- it's aiding and abetting mass murderers. (h/t: CQ reader Joe Goat)

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