Sunday, October 17, 2004

Bad News for Kerry

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi pledged loyalty to bin Laden according to a website previously used by his organization to post beheading video.

The war in Iraq is a diversion?


At October 18, 2004 at 1:15 AM, Blogger David Schraub said...

Begging to differ, but this is a vindication of one of Kerry's key attacks. From my reading of the article, Zarqawi JUST NOW pledged loyalty to Bin Laden. Now, I'm not saying that they wouldn't have collaberated if Iraq never had happened. But one of Kerry's key points (and I'm in semi-agreement here) is that the war in Iraq has enflamed anti-American sentiment, boosting Al-Qaeda's stature and recruitment rolls, while taking resources from attacking them directly.

That's exactly what happened here. We're seeing a RESURGENCE of al-Qaeda as a) the disparate islamic extremist groups are uniting under one leader and banner and b) more and more muslims are leaning towards extremism in the face of what SEEMS to them (and again, I'm not alleging this is the actual case, but perception is what counts here) to be unrestrained American aggression. Hence, our "diversion" into Iraq both aided al-Qaeda directly (by boosting their recruitment and giving them access to other experienced terrorist groups) and indirectly (by allowing them to regroup as we take our eye off of them and are forced to focus more and more of our precious resources in Iraq).

If you think this is a vindication of Bush's policies, ask yourself this: Are we better or worse off now that Bin Laden has al-Zarqawi's loyalty and support? Is giving Al-Qaeda another leader with "proven terrorist credentials" (that sounds really bad to type!), who could presumably run Al-Qaeda at close to maximum efficacy even if Bin Laden was captured, a positive development?

At October 19, 2004 at 4:28 PM, Blogger BG said...

Actually, yeah, I would agree that it is a stretch to say that this is a vindication for the argument that Zarqawi was an Al-Quada operative prior to the Liberation of Iraq.

Actually, since I have had more time to reflect on it, my take is this...

Zarqawi is in trouble. The noose is tightening and he is looking for any way to drum up additional troops for his fight in Fallujah.

"Are we better or worse off now that Bin Laden has al-Zarqawi's loyalty and support?"

My opinion... it's a marriage of necessity that wont last.


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