And when they see that their enemy’s resolve is weak, they are emboldened to fight. Cf. Osama bin Laden after the Black Hawk incident in Somalia in the 1990s. And of course, Qari Yuosaf Ahmedi’s idea that killing enough Canadians will cause them to return home is abundantly borne out by the body count fixation of the Western press.
From the Canadian Press, with thanks to DFS:
Kandahar, Afghanistan “” As MPs gather in Ottawa to discuss Canada’s more combative role in southern Afghanistan, a senior Taliban official and coalition commanders painted two disparate images Sunday of where the war is headed.
In a weekend interview with The Canadian Press, insurgent spokesman Qari Yuosaf Ahmedi said the Taliban are convinced the resolve of the Canadian people is weak.
As suicide attacks and roadside blasts increase, the public will quickly grow weary, he said.
“We think that when we kill enough Canadians they will quit war and return home,” Mr. Ahmedi said in an interview, conducted through a translator, over a satellite telephone.
Given the fact troops are already deployed, Mr. Ahmedi suggested Monday’s House of Commons debate as a sign of indecision among Canadians.
In addition to his fire-breathing rhetoric, the Taliban’s public relations spokesman claimed that the insurgency had recruited 180 suicide bombers for operations in and around Kandahar over the next few weeks.
He said they are prepared to attack Canadians “any one else, at any place and at any time.”