A troubling video of an insurgent sniper in Iraq known only as “Juba” is spreading across the Internet. As National Public Radio describes it, in the professional-quality video, “Juba” is quiet, efficient and ruthless as he trains his sights on American soldiers and pulls the trigger. Jihadist messages accompany the grisly footage — in English. The video’s colloquial American vernacular strongly suggests the video was either made in the United States or by people deeply familiar with this country — and skilled in the use of the latest technologies.
“Juba” is just the latest indication of the frightening success of the Internet jihad. “Our enemies have skillfully adapted to fighting wars in today’s media age, but… our country has not,” Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said despondently earlier this month. Whether the United States is “losing” this high-technology war is debatable, but clearly we suffer critical losses the moment a “Juba” video in English comes into existence and spreads around the world.
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