know thy enemy

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    Know Thy Enemy
    September 23, 2004

    Americans horrified at the latest hostage beheadings in Iraq might be interested to know that there's at least a debate among their captors about how to kill infidels. Some within the Islamofascist community believe that bullets, rather than knives, are Allah's preferred method. About the propriety of killing innocents, there is no debate.

    Or so says an Islamist fighter who recently met with archterrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi in Fallujah, as interviewed in the Arabic language London daily Al Hayat and translated by the indispensable Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memri.org). He added that "there is no dispute regarding anyone who collaborates with the occupation -- he is a traitor and must be killed."

    The interview deserves the attention of anyone who thinks the violence we're facing has something to do with an awakening of genuine Iraqi patriotism. On the one hand, we have Baathists making a crass attempt to recapture the privileges they enjoyed under the former regime. Working hand in glove are foreign terrorists who conceive of themselves as fighting not just to liberate Iraq from the Americans, but as part of a regional war aimed at "other places, such as Jerusalem" as well: "[Zarqawi] has a strategy and an aspiration to expand the fighting to the entire region."

    The source also reveals Zarqawi's view that Iraq's majority Shiites practice an "infidel ideology." While he says Zarqawi, who is Sunni, would prefer having them "atone to Allah" rather than have to kill them, he has no qualms about doing so as long as they continue in heretical error and work for an "apostate regime."

    It's worth remembering that Zarqawi had fewer qualms about the secular Saddam, with whom he worked visibly enough to be cited in Colin Powell's February 2003 U.N. presentation. He had already been linked to the murder of an American diplomat in Amman and a ricin plot in London, and he has since been tied to an attempted poison gas attack on U.S. and other targets in the Jordanian capital. Of course, opponents of deposing Saddam keep telling us the old regime had no connections to terrorism. But we certainly feel safer knowing that one half of the Saddam-Zarqawi alliance now resides in an Iraqi jail.

 
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