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December 22, 2006
Zawahiri To Democrats: You're Not All That

Al-Qaeda's number two nutcase sent a new message to the West as expected, and this time he had a special message for the winners of America's last election. Ayman al-Zawahiri wants Democrats to understand that they owe a debt of thanks to radical Islamist terrorists for their control of Congress, and he expects some gratitude ASAP:

"The first is that you aren't the ones who won the midterm elections, nor are the Republicans the ones who lost. Rather, the Mujahideen -- the Muslim Ummah's vanguard in Afghanistan and Iraq -- are the ones who won, and the American forces and their Crusader allies are the ones who lost," Zawahri said, according to a full transcript obtained by ABC News.

Zawahri calls on the Democrats to negotiate with him and Osama bin Laden, not others in the Islamic world who Zawahri says cannot help.

"And if you don't refrain from the foolish American policy of backing Israel, occupying the lands of Islam and stealing the treasures of the Muslims, then await the same fate," he said.

I know that a number of my friends on the Internet will be tempted to peg this onto the Democrats, but they should refrain from doing so. We have to remember that, like any delusional psychopaths, the AQ jihadis claim credit for everything under the sun. If he could, Zawahiri would assure his followers that trees consume carbon dioxide as a direct consequence of the faith of the mujahideen, and it would make just as much sense as this ludicrous assertion.

Zawahiri has plenty more to say, and he apparently takes all day in saying it, according to my friend John at Power Line. He emphasizes that the only form of government acceptable to the jihadis is that based on shari'a. That comes as an instruction on the nature of Palestine, about which he says:

And the second of these facts is that the recovery of every land which was once a land of Islam is the personal duty of every Muslim. Therefore, as Muslims, we cannot possibly concede to Israel so much as a hand-span of Palestine, and there is no difference as far as we are concerned between Palestine 1948 and Palestine 1967: all of it is Palestine and all of it belongs to the Muslims ...

In the first words of his message, he refers to the Balfour Declaration, which he describes as a decision that allowed "someone who didn’t own the Holy Land of Palestine gave it to someone who didn’t deserve it", giving one an early glimpse into the ignorance to follow. He points out Britain as a particular villain in this message, saying that it was the British who stabbed the Ottoman Empire in the back in order to foist the Jews onto Palestine. Zawahiri also spits some venom towards the UN for creating Israel as a state, even if the organization spends much of its time now attacking its creation.

The mention of Britain is the only really troubling note in a dull and dreary screed. It's unusual, in that AQ has held America up as its most hated enemy. Combined with the warnings from British security forces over the near-inevitability of an attack this Christmas, it appears that Zawahiri's message is meant as a signal to his forces.

Otherwise, however, this is a meaningless and unimaginative load of tripe. Taking any part of it seriously is a mistake of the first order.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at December 22, 2006 7:25 PM

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