Video: New message from Zawahiri — via Scrappleface

posted at 11:33 am on December 20, 2006 by Allahpundit

I’m hoping to have the real video later today. Excerpts have already been released. The Blotter says he sounds like a man who smells victory, but I’m not sure why — droning about Palestine is what Islamists do when they want to change the subject. In fact, he sounds miffed that the west now perceives the Shiites of Iran as the real threat in the Middle East:

“I want to tell the Republicans and the Democrats together … you are trying to negotiate with some parties to secure your withdrawal, but these parities won’t find you an exit (from Iraq) and your attempts will yield nothing but failure,” al-Zawahiri said on the tape, sections of which were aired in successive news bulletins.

“It seems that you will go through a painful journey of failed negotiations until you will be forced to return to negotiate with the real powers,” he said, without identifying these powers.

The military says it caught a big fish a few days ago in Mosul. It’s hard to believe at this point it’ll make much difference in the big picture, but one less terrorist is one less terrorist. Good work.

Here’s Scrapple.

Update: The Counterterrorism Blog has new excerpts. They’re tremendously tedious.


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The Blotter says he sounds like a man who smells victory, but I’m not sure why — droning about Palestine is what Islamists do when they want to change the subject.

I don’t see it either. And let’s not forget the shifting definition of victory. Remember when Saddam achieved a glorious victory over GW I?

In other news, did you catch that Abazaid gave Gates his letter of resignation? Sounds like there’s friction.

Pablo on December 20, 2006 at 11:46 AM

I HEART scrappleface

One Angry Christian on December 20, 2006 at 11:46 AM

Wow….we’ll have to use that in our Christmas Eve service :)

danarchy on December 20, 2006 at 11:54 AM

Oh, man, I hope that somehow, old Ayman himself sees that!

flipflop on December 20, 2006 at 12:10 PM

The Blotter says he sounds like a man who smells victory

However, he looks like a man who has smelled an excess of camel flatulence.

crushliberalism on December 20, 2006 at 12:32 PM

From the excerpt:

Threats Against US and West:
“If we are attacked in our land we shall not stop attacking you in your countries, God willing…” and “As our emir Sheikh Osama bin Laden, God keep him, said, ‘Like you bomb, you will be bombed, and like you kill, you will be killed”.

So does that mean we should start targeting women and children?

dalewalt on December 20, 2006 at 12:49 PM

Zawahiri sounds depressed to me. Is that Islamic whining?

Guardian on December 20, 2006 at 1:13 PM

Was he also talking about monkeys flying out of some well?

Kini on December 20, 2006 at 1:46 PM

Think its more war fatigue. Old Zawa figgered all Muslims would unite to start world dominance but the shia/Sunni fight in Iraq and the Palistinian split as well as the near civil war in Lebanon means that Islam isnt all one.

I think the Jihadist are beinging to feel that the best they can get is stalemate. They can kill US soldiers but that doesnt create the world wide caliphate. They are no closer to their goals they started on 911.

So the argument that the Invasion of Iraq has created a windfall for terrorists isnt really true. Yeah they got more recruits but it has so badly divided Islam that the next war for them is not a war of conquest but rather an internal struggle between sects.

Old Zawa sees his dream of a unite Muslim world is now only a fiction. As it always was.

William Amos on December 20, 2006 at 1:54 PM

So the argument that the Invasion of Iraq has created a windfall for terrorists isnt really true. Yeah they got more recruits but it has so badly divided Islam that the next war for them is not a war of conquest but rather an internal struggle between sects.

It is not hard to imagine in Iraq Sunnis eyeballing Shiites and vice versa while taking mental notes on who deserves a good head chopping when time permits.

Stephen M on December 20, 2006 at 3:00 PM

I hope this moron’s momma sleeps with the fleas of 1000 camels…

areseaoh on December 20, 2006 at 4:34 PM

I’m so thankful for minds like Scott Ott’s – fantastic!

Entelechy on December 21, 2006 at 12:49 AM

I’m so thankful for minds like Scott Ott’s – fantastic!

…and voices. That’s Scott, singing.

wordwarp on December 21, 2006 at 2:55 PM