Bush gives the war on terror yet another name, indirectly, in another story about the new Zawahri threat: “al-Qaida’s No. 2 Threatens London, U.S.,” from AP, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Al-Qaida’s No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, threatened more destruction in London, saying in a videotape broadcast Thursday that British Prime Minister Tony Blair would be to blame.
Of course. In his worldview the Muslim perpetrators are never to blame.
Al-Zawahri also threatened the United States with tens of thousands of military dead if it does not withdraw its troops from Iraq immediately.
In Crawford, Texas, President Bush dismissed the threat, saying, “We will stay on the offense against these people. They’re terrorists and they’re killers and they will kill innocent people … so they can impose their dark vision on the world.”
The tape, aired on the pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera, was delivered exactly one month after the July 7 bombings in London that killed 56 people, including four suicide attackers. In the excerpts aired by Al-Jazeera, al-Zawahri did not directly claim that al-Qaida carried out the July 7 or July 21 attacks.
But he brought the July 7 attacks under al-Qaida’s wing and depicted the terror network as still capable of delivering strikes around the world despite arrests in Europe and blows against its leadership in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He presented the attacks as a result of Blair’s decision to deploy troops in Iraq.
“Blair has brought to you destruction in central London, and he will bring more of that, God willing,” al-Zawahri said in the broadcast excerpts….
“Our message is clear: you will not be safe until you withdraw from our land, stop stealing our oil and wealth and stop supporting the corrupt rulers,” al-Zawahri said.
And I’ve got news for you: judging from the history and theology of jihad, you won’t be safe after that, either. But I doubt the appeasers will believe me on that until it is far too late.