From a Cave in Afghanistan: It's the al-Zarqawi Show
09/28/05 "Another Day in the Empire" -- -- Osama, finally blessed with a donated kidney from a Pakistani religious student (the transplant was performed in one of his better equipped caves in Afghanistan), has launched an internet news show entitled the Voice of the Caliphate, featuring an anchorman wearing a black ski mask and an ammunition belt.
Im not making this up. Well, I made up the part about the donated kidney (although Pakistani religious students have offered to donate their kidneys to their hero Osama), but the business about the internet show and the anchorman is true, if we can believe the Washington Post.
The anchorman, who said the report would appear once a week, presented news about the Gaza Strip and Iraq and expressed happiness about recent hurricanes in the United States. A copy of the Koran, the Muslim holy book, was placed by his right hand and a rifle affixed to a tripod was pointed at the camera.
Note all the pedestrian al-Qaeda stereotypes herea prominent copy of the Koran, a rifle, the ski mask (brought back into vogue after Black September by that nimblefor a guy with one legAbu Musab al-Zarqawi), and of course expressions of joy over the death and misery of Americans, especially by way of natural disaster attributable to the will of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him.
The lead segment recounted Israels withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, which the narrator proclaimed as a great victory, while showing Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia walking and talking among celebrating compatriots, reports Daniel Williams for the Post. That was followed by a repeat of a pledge on Sept. 14 by Abu Musab Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, to wage all-out war on Iraqs Shiite Muslims. An image of Zarqawi, a Jordanian-born Sunni Muslim, remained on the screen for about half the broadcast.
In other words, al-Qaeda wants to reaffirm its support for the Palestinians (and these people want their own state) and al-Zarqawi is the leader and Osama is the titular head of al-Qaeda, if that. It is interesting this video or program would appear so close to the airing of a 60 Minutes Osama who? episode. If he (bin Laden) is hiding in a hole, neither the electronic nor the human intelligence can find him. Is it all that important to find him? If hes taken out tomorrow, his ideology is not going to come to an end. I dont think that its important if he is captured, Gen. Safdar Hussain, a top army commander supposedly responsible for anti-terrorism operations in northwestern Pakistan, told 60 Minutes. The Pakistani military and intelligence should know something about Osama bin Laden and al-Qaedahell, with a lot of money and TLC from the CIA, they made Osama into what he is today (or was before he died of kidney disease) and turned a handful of cantankerous Islamic fanatics and goat herders into a formidable world-class terrorist organization.
It makes absolutely no sense and is completely counterproductive for al-Zarqawi to wage all-out war on Iraqs Shiite Muslims, but then, recall, we are assured the guy is none too bright, even if he is billed as a logistical mastermind. If al-Qaeda in Iraq is busy killing Shiitesand thus perpetuating the age-old Islamic schismthere will be less time and effort put into killing American and British occupation troops. Obviously, al-Qaeda needs a couple net meetings to hammer out its mission statement. I mean, it is rather muddled and impulsive to take on the Great Satan and millions and millions of Shiites at the same time.
The masked announcer also reported that a group called the Islamic Army in Iraq claimed to have launched chemical-armed rockets at American forces in Baghdad, the Post continues. A video clip showed five rockets fired in succession from behind a sand berm as an off-screen voice yelled God is great in Arabic. The Islamic Army asserted responsibility last year for the killing of Enzo Baldoni, an Italian journalist who had been kidnapped in Iraq.
According to Atmane Tazaghart and Roland Jacquard, in the French Figaro magazine, [the Islamic Army in Iraq was] founded by Abu Abdallah Hassan Ben Mahmoud on the 29th of September 2003, and is composed by internationalist salafist islamists, former baathists and also former militants of the Palestine Liberation Front of Abu Abbas, notes Wikipedia.
Of course, it makes perfect sense the Palestine Liberation Front would fire chemical weapons at Americans. Bush told us as much about these evil-doers. Abu Abbas was responsible for tossing the wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer off the Achille Lauro and into the sea (after shooting him) back in 1985. It is said Abbas died in American captivity in Iraqand none too soon, since it was claimed by Ari Ben-Menashe, a salesman for the Israel Defense Forces armaments business, that the Achille Lauro hijacking was a Mossad operation designed to make Palestinians look like brutal killers and cutthroats. It appears internationalist salafist islamists and Palestinians will do whatever it takes to build their rep as scurrilous terrorists and thus conform to our worst nightmares, possibly with a little help from Mossad and the CIA. Even Italian journalists are not safe these days.
A commercial break of sorts followed, which previewed a movie, Total Jihad, directed by Mousslim Mouwaheed. The ad was in English, suggesting that the target audience might be Muslims living in Britain and the United States.
More likely, the target audience consists of Americans and Brits, regardless of religious persuasion. The adin fact, the entire programsure the heck is not intended for average Muslims in the Middle East because most of them dont have computers or broadband internet connections (many of them, especially Iraqis, are lucky to have consistent electricity and clean drinking water). Its also curious how much Total Jihad sounds like one of those late night infomercials. Instead of exercising equipment or vegetable preparation tools, the al-Qaeda infomercial sells death to infidels.
The final segment was about Hurricane Katrina. The whole Muslim world was filled with joy at the disaster, the anchorman said. He went on to say that President Bush was completely humiliated by his obvious incapacity to face the wrath of God, who battered New Orleans, city of homosexuals. Hurricane Ophelias brush with North Carolina was also mentioned.
In short, all Muslims are sadistic and want every last American to suffer and suffocate in toxic sludge. No wonder we declared war on them. As for the homosexual comment, it would seem the producers of the al-Zarqawi Hour consulted with Jerry Falwell and the Christian Zionists, many who believe the same thing about Katrinait was an act of God in response to our wickedness and our inability or unwillingness to ferret out gay people and stone them to death, as mandated in the Old Testament.
Numerous radical Islamic organizations, some claiming affiliation with al Qaeda, spread information, including photos and videos, by the Internet. Some evade ongoing efforts to shut them down by disguising their presence within innocuous Web sites.
Hell, you never knowthere might be an al-Qaeda QuickTime movie hidden on this website. If we are to believe the above, al-Qaeda techs are savvy at stealing FTP login information and passwords and uploading their propaganda to innocuous Web sites all across the internet. It is truly amazing how this dastardly organization graduated from humble beginnings in caves to hacking websites from internet cafes in Peshawar. Obviously, we need more controls imposed on the internetwe can follow Chinas example to wipe out this scourge.
Sarcasm aside, the idea al-Qaeda and the so-called Global Islamic Media Front would produce internet-based videos is nothing short of preposterous, mostly because the people they are supposedly attempting to reachimpoverished Muslimsdo not have access to the internet. It would make more sense to distribute audio tapes, as Ayatollah Khomeini did in Iran, or VHS tapes. But then, of course, the target audience is not impoverished Muslims but gullible Americans who need to be reminded every few weeks that al-Qaeda is still out there and its going to get them if they dont listen to Bush and his neocon masters of forever war.
All of this makes perfect sense when the facts are considered: al-Qaeda was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. Al-Qaida, literally the database, was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians, as the late Robin Cook, former leader of the House of Commons and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, has noted. Bush and the neocons are reverse engineering the ideaas put forth by Eisenhower and Nixonthat in order to end war all one need do is eliminate fear from the national psyche. Bush and crew are shoving as much fear down the throats of Americans as possible in order to unleash World War IV, as the neocons fondly call it.
And thats what the al-Zarqawi Show is all aboutinstilling fear and loathing in the hearts and minds of all Americans, or rather Americans gullible enough to take the bait. Its part of the process to get us to surrender our rights and allow the state to militarize all facets of our society. Of course, the internet is the perfect medium for this Freddy Kruger horror show with a strange Islamic twist, since most Americans do not really understand the internet and have been conditioned to mistrust itwith all its spam, porno, and lurking pedophilesand so they are easily persuaded the United States needs to stay the course in the war on terrorism, long as it may last, maybe a decade or a generation or however long it takes to subdue the Muslim Middle East.
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