Zawahiri pops up again, making, among other things, another appeal to the appeasement-minded Left. From CNN:
“The American airplanes, in collaboration with their agent of the Jews and the Crusaders, Musharraf, launched an airstrike on Damadola near Peshawar around the Eid al-Adha holiday, during which 18 Muslims — men, women and children — died in their fight against Islam, which they call terrorism. Their claim was to target this poor man and four of my brothers. The whole world discovered the lies as the Americans fight Islam and the Muslims. Before I discuss this incident, I have some messages to send out.
Zawahiri wants to portray the war in Iraq as a fight against Islam for the same reason Bush wants to portray it as anything but. Nuance, as in a sober realization that the conflict is fed by the jihad ideology and that that is what must be targeted if the conflict is ever to end, eludes Bush as much as it does his enemy.
“My first message is to the butcher of Washington, Bush: You are not just defeated and lying about it, but you are, with God’s help, a loser. You are bad luck to your people. You brought them disasters and catastrophes, and you will bring them even more disasters.
“Bush, you failed crusader, know that we are the nation of monotheism, which believes that no one is greater than God. He sent us a prophet and a book that was never edited like the other books before it. A unique book that defies anyone to come up with anything like it.
“I will meet my death when God wishes. But if my time hasn’t come, you and all the Earth’s forces can’t change it, not even by a second.
“Bush, do you know where I am? I am among the Muslim masses enjoying their care with God’s blessings and sharing with them their holy war against you until we defeat you, God willing.
I’ll bet he is. Why don’t they turn him in? Isn’t there any Muslim around him who is part of the Vast Majority of Peaceful Moderate Muslims?
“My second message is to the American people who are drowning in illusions. I tell you that Bush and his gangs are shedding your blood and wasting your money in frustrated adventures. The lion of Islam, Sheikh Osama bin Laden, offered you a decent exit from your dilemma, but your leaders, who are keen to accumulate wealth, insist on throwing you in battles and killing your souls in Iraq and Afghanistan and, God willing, on your own land.
A decent exit. He offered a truce, which according to the Islamic law that he reveres, would only postpone the inevitable day of reckoning, and make the Muslims that much stronger in the process.
“Your leaders responded that they do not negotiate with terrorists and that they are winning in their war on terrorism. I tell them, O’ liars and greedy war merchants, who is pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan, you or us? Whose soldiers are committing suicide out of desperation, you or us?
“To the American mother I say, if the defense ministry called you to tell you your son is coming back home in a coffin, remember Bush.
“To the British wife I say, if you got a call telling you your husband is coming back home with his body paralyzed, amputated or charred, remember Blair.”
This is the kind of talk that will appeal to appeasers. It should not move anyone with the courage to do what it takes to resist the global jihad. But of course, America and Britain are not at this point even fighting against the global jihad.