Well, actually, “opposes” isn’t quite the right word.
Zawahiri taunts Bush, questioning: “why send 20,000 only – why not send 50 or 100 thousand? Aren’t you aware that the dogs of Iraq are pining for your troops’ dead bodies?.” He then invites the American President to send the entire American Army to Iraq as he believes the Mujahideen are capable of destroying the equivalent of ten armies…
He then turns to the American people, reminding of past offers of security by reaching an “understanding” with Muslims, and warns that if they continue to follow the policies of Bush and his administration, then peace is impossible. The “correct equation,” as Zawahiri puts it, is security being a shared destiny, but not guaranteed.
The Counterterrorism Blog is describing this as his version of a “deal.” Laura Mansfield is working on a translation as I write this. Question: should I bother cutting the video when it’s available? I get the impression that very few of you actually watch the clips, which, admittedly, are monotonous in the extreme. Maybe we’ll stick to a transcript this time unless he really emotes it and I just can’t resist.
Here’s your headline of the day. It should be noted that the article itself is appropriately skeptical.
Update: Mansfield moves fast. Here’s the video, although it’s of regrettably poor quality. The subtitles are mostly illegible.
Update: Thanks to Rusty, with Laura Mansfield’s permission, here’s the video.