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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Begging For Attention

Our enemy used to let its actions speak for them. Be it bombing, murdering torturing, what have you, but now Ayman al-Zawahiri appears to be so lonely and bored that he has sent out a notice that he will be happy to answer any questions the media might have:

Al-Qaida has invited journalists to send questions to its No. 2 figure Ayman al-Zawahri, the first time the terror network has offered an "interview" with one of its top leaders since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.

The invitation — issued by Al-Sahab, the group's media arm on an Islamic militant Web site — is the latest in al-Qaida's increasingly sophisticated efforts to get out its message. Al-Sahab has dramatically increased the number of messages it has issued this year, and its videos have shown more complex production.

The statement, first posted Sunday, invites "individua
ls, agencies and all media" to submit written questions for al-Zawahri by sending them to the Islamic Web forums where Al-Sahab traditionally posts its messages.

Al-Sahab asked the forums to send it the questions "by the letter, with no changes or substitutions, no matter whether they agree or disagree (with the question)."

It said it would take questions until Jan. 16, then al-Zawahri would answer them "as much as he is able and at the soonest possible occasion." It did not say whether his answers would come in a written, video or audio form.

My, how the mighty have fallen. Seriously, they cannot do anything further in Afghanistan. NATO, Afghani, and US forces are doing their part to keep Afghanistan stable, and free of as much Taliban/al-Qaeda presence as possible. That is working, especially with the recent fight over Musa Qala, as picked up by Captain Ed Morrissey. Hundreds of foreign terrorists had gathered there to train, to fight, and to process opium for heroin. Not anymore, and at nearly every turn, if they are "brave enough to engage coalition forces, they are being slaughtered.

The same goes for Iraq. No one is buying the lemon of an ideology that they are peddling. Sunni, Shia, and Kurd have all rejected them. Even the remnants of Moqtada al-Sadr's militia has turned on al-Qaeda. The is not luck. It is not random. This is what happens when a force of barely-trained animals goes up against a nation's military that is trained and is prepared for them.

And when you lose, and continue to lose around the globe, you start to lose the propaganda war. The call for questions is merely al-Zawahiri's feeble attempt to not only continue to spread al-Qaeda's propaganda, but to remind the world that the "terrifying terrorists" are still here. Though they do not appear to be so frightening now, not that they ever were for us. They terrorized Iraq, Afghanistan, and areas of Pakistan -- the latter due in part to President Musharraf's foolish notion he could negotiate with them.

This call is a sign of desperation. They seriously need something to help them out here, which is why the world had better be paying close enough attention. This would be an ideal time for al-Qaeda to try something rash, daring, and deadly. The attack and subsequent destruction of the Al-Askari mosque in Samarra was completely unexpected, and it was the trigger for much of the internecine, sectarian violence in Iraq. The last thing we need is al-Qaeda throwing a temper tantrum because no one really cares about them.

Oh, and do not think for one moment that a member of the MSM would not think to send al-Zawahiri a note. They do love to flack for our enemies.



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