October 24, 2007

Osama's New Jihad

Osama bin Laden has decided to expand his jihad to his old hangout of Sudan, according to the latest tape from the al-Qaeda leader. He has called for a holy war against the "occupation" of Darfur by the UN, demanding that Muslims in the country attack the peacekeepers once they arrive:

Osama bin Laden has issued a fresh call for a "holy war" against a new 26,000-strong peacekeeping force for Darfur, which will include British support staff.

In a new audiotape, the al-Qa'eda leader also said Muslims in Sudan and its neighbours must target the Khartoum government for agreeing to the deployment.

"This is a brazen occupation, and only an infidel apostate seeks it or agrees to it," bin Laden said, according to a new translation of comments made on Monday.

"It is the duty of the people of Islam in the Sudan and its environs, especially the Arabian Peninsula, to perform jihad against the Crusader invaders and wage armed rebellion to remove those who let them in."

The call to jihad may wind up embarrassing Osama. Sources in Khartoum explain that the Sudanese have little stomach for fighting the UN, especially since so many of the soldiers will come from Muslim nations, such as Egypt, Senegal, and Mali, among others. Some British troops will provide support, but for the most part it will be a Muslim force.

On the other hand, AQ hasn't exactly been picky about its victims. It just killed 146 Muslims in Pakistan while missing their target, Benazir Bhutto. They have conducted deadly bombings in places like Morocco and Turkey, and their entire campaign in Iraq deliberately butchered Muslims by the hundreds in order to brutalize their way to power. The assumption that the UN force would be safe from Islamist attack seems naive in the extreme.

If the jihad fails to coalesce, however, it may provide a clear example of Osama's declining influence, which even Osama could not pretend to ignore. His message also included his lament that the butchers of terrorism could not all get along in Iraq, which reflects the rout that has occurred against AQI during the surge. The Sudanese may have also had enough of Osama's leadership; we shall soon see.


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Comments (16)

Posted by George Berryman | October 24, 2007 5:57 PM

The UN Peacekeepers might have to take a break from raping women and children to defend themselves in the Sudan.

Posted by glenn | October 24, 2007 6:06 PM

Since the African Muslim victims of the genocide in Darfur aren't all dead yet there's no reason for the "peacekeepers" to even show up. therefore they don't have much to worry about.

Posted by crossdotcurve | October 24, 2007 6:54 PM

Too bad Bush let Osama skitter away when we had him cornered at Tora Bora. Jeebus McRee, the Bush administration is a textbook study of incompetence.

Republicans sure are good at losing wars. The DUI-Draft Dodger has a two-fer going...

What a waste of blood and treasure.

Posted by Dan S | October 24, 2007 7:02 PM

Well, I'm glad the theory that this is all about us supporting Israel is validated. After all, the UN is Israel's largest supporter, right? Right?

Posted by Cardinals Nation | October 24, 2007 7:28 PM

Too bad Bush let Osama skitter away when we had him cornered at Tora Bora. Jeebus McRee, the Bush administration is a textbook study of incompetence.

I know I've seen this somewhere before...oh, yeah!

Too bad Clinton let Osama skitter away when we had him offered up by Sudan. Jeebus McRee, the Clinton administration is a textbook study of incompetence.

Yup, I knew I'd seen it somewhere before.

Posted by DubiousD | October 24, 2007 8:02 PM

Al Qaeda declares jihad on Sudan? But the Neocon-Bushitler-Halliburton army isn't occupying Sudan! Oh, I'm so confuuuuuuuuused.

Posted by tbrosz | October 24, 2007 8:09 PM

If a flytrap is effective enough, at some point the flies will really want to be elsewhere.

Sounds like Osama is becoming interested in starting Jihad someplace U.S. forces aren't.

Posted by Math_Mage | October 24, 2007 9:16 PM

Sounds like evidence that the US strategy works. If they hit you and you hit them back, they go looking for someone who won't. I'm no writer, so I'll sum it up with Bill Whittle's comments about the best way to win at the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma (and coincidentally, just about everywhere else, too):

Nice. RETALIATORY. Forgiving. Non-Envious.


Posted by RocketMan | October 24, 2007 10:42 PM

Osama (if he is still alive) is calling for Jihad in Darfur because he desperately needs a "win" on the battlefield. AQ is loosing so badly in Iraq and Afghanistan, they need to produce a "victory" soon, or they loose all credibility in the eyes of the Arab world.

AQ knows what an easy target the UN is. One bombing drove them out of Iraq. How many bombings will it take to drive the UN out of Darfur?

Remember Osama's words about America being a paper tiger. If you look up the definition of "paper tiger" in the dictionary, you will see a picture of a guy wearing a blue helmet.

Posted by exDemo | October 24, 2007 10:43 PM

It seesm there are BDS peopel who are studiously ignoring the VICTORY becoming more and more apparant in Iraq.

Osama seems to have gotten the message though, and is sayin like the Marine general at the Chosin Reservoir, that he is just advancing to the rear... of Sudan.

Posted by razia parveen | October 25, 2007 3:36 AM

the war against terrorism could not be win untill or unless we do not remove the causes behind this, where are those darstic weapons for that military is imposed in Iraq, its only and only for OIL, the innocent people are being killed by american police, they will definitely hate americans and use weapons against Police to take revenge of his Family,in this way they will multiply and make problems more and more, they will definitely be out of control,where power does not result onlt dialgues work there, same happening in Afghanistan, they are using Power to Control Talibaan that is difficult, we have example of Russia in Afghanistan, if you kill my Brother may i let you free no definitely not i will take revenge its a natural phenomina, not realting to any culture, religion its natural thing, u cant bound nature, they will definitely multioly and will be out of control, talibaan will be increase when they see their sisters, mothers, brother's dead bodies,
while using power we must solve this by useful dialogues, through debates, as its the only solution to this problem, Kashimiries are fighting for their freedom but Indian Lobby calling it as terrorist act, 60 years has passed but Kashimiries dono step back as they are right, but Indian making Terrorist act in Kashmir as America is committing Terrorist act in Afghanistan, and Iraq, i appreciate Iran's Step and its their right to acquire Atomic Power, Israel, the biggets terrorist, whose all activites are against Muslims, can have a huge numbers of drastic meziles, while Iran is only using it peaceful purpose.

Posted by NavyspyII | October 25, 2007 6:44 AM

Holy ignorant wall of text, Batman!

Care to elaborate on the "darstic weapons" or point out where all the oil we've stolen has gone? No?

How about who to hold useful dialogues with? No?

How about America's Terrorist acts in Afghanistan and Iraq, or how Israel has acted as terrorists to Muslims in any country that is not directly attacking them? Hell, name a terrorist act performed by Israel on any country that IS attacking them!

Oh, and Iran's "meziles" have no peaceful purpose. Most meziles don't.

Posted by Derek | October 25, 2007 8:31 AM


That' is one long ass sentence.

Take note on Carols posts to see how to properly break up your crazy arguments in small one sentence sound bites.

Posted by cowbot | October 25, 2007 10:05 AM

I have not seen any evidence that Al Qaeda controls so much as a county sized piece of the planet. No evidence that they exercise powers of taxation over any population. No evidence that they command a navy, air force or anything resembling a regular army.

What we do have evidence of (in an exhaustively researched 500+ page report) is that there are approximately 700 foreign insurgents operating in all of Iraq that 'have ties to Al Qaeda'.

What we do have evidence of is that these foreign insurgents operate only at the pleasure of the indigenous militias, and can be snuffed-out by them at will.

Al-Qaeda is a loose franchise based on an idea. People accept the idea because they are radicalized by our invasions, occupations and control of puppet governments. They buy into the franchise with a handful of AK's, RPGs and explosives.

The power of western media propaganda is such that the 'boob tube' can zoom-in on an insect and make you believe it is a godzilla-sized monster capable of eating countries.

One can forgive individuals who have succumbed to this pervasive brainwashing but one can not rationally argue US foreign policy with them. Their entire perspective is framed by lies.

Posted by LarryD | October 25, 2007 10:08 AM

Yes, punctuation is your friend. It developed for good reasons, you know.

I'm not even going to try and read that blob.

Now what was the subject? Oh, yeah, Osama giving marching orders for Sudan. Considering that the janjaweed have begun turning on each other, they might well turn on UN troops, though not in a highly organized manner. Osama can then take credit, even if his pronouncement had no effect.

Posted by Tim W | October 25, 2007 12:11 PM


With all due respect, Al Qaeda has killed thousands in Iraq, probably tens of thousands, not hundreds. They have done such a good job in their butchery, that they have now radicalized the Sunni population to turn aganist them, which was a very stupid move from a strategic standpoint.

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