October 20, 2004

Zarqawi on the Run, Changes Terrorist Name

Last week the press reported that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had formally pledged his Tawhid and Jihad terrorist organization's loyalty to Ossama bin Laden's al Qaeda network. Chad Evans at In the Bullpen informs me of a press report that Zarqawi's group has changed names. His new al Qaeda linked organization will be callled "al-Qaida of Jihad in the Land of Two Rivers"--proving once again that terrorists think of the worst names.

Also, there seems to be some evidence that Zarqawi is receiving aid from Iran. Which points out one of the problems with Pat Buchanan's theory of isolating terrorist supporting states in much the same way that we isolated states in the past: it assumes that Islamic states will act just like any other state--rationally. I actually heard Pat say once that the Mullahs in Iran would not do anything stupid that would threaten their own national existence. You mean do something stupid like support a terrorist organization with official ties to al Qaeda?

So, what's in a name? Nothing, oh, except if your a Democrat who think this is the Global War on bin Laden not the Global War on Terror. Is it just me, or do the rest of you almost puke when you hear Kerry try to invoke bin Laden's name as if al Qaeda were the only terrorist organization bent on global jihad in the world? So now that Zarqawi is officially linked to al Qaeda maybe the Democrats will support his extermination. Now if only Arafat would change his party's name to "Fatah and al Qaeda in the land of Zionist pigs" .....

In related news, check out this al-Reuters article. First, notice the headline: "Iraq Rebels Betraying Zarqawi". Betraying? WTF? The rest of the article is better than the headline might suggest.

Iraqi guerrillas resentful of Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's growing influence are giving the government information putting security forces hot on his trail, a senior official said Wednesday....

Staring at a photograph of the elusive Zarqawi, Rubaie said the interim government was closer than ever to tracking down the most wanted man in Iraq, to its unlikely allies.

Chad at In the Bullpen notes that "various reports...indicate that [Zarqawi] might indeed be dead." I'll add speculation to those rumors that if he's not dead, he is indeed on the run and his unification with al Qaeda may be a last desperate attempt to matter. The websites he usually uses to distribute his snuff films has not been updated in almost a month. The only word we've had from him is through his proxies on Islamic Bulletin Boards. However, in the past, after statements are made on these bulletin boards, the group usually confirms them as official by posting them to at least one of a dozen or so websites. In the past month, nothing. A sign? I sure hope so. Keeping my fingers crossed.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:54 AM | Comments |