Wild, wooly-minded world of radical Islamists
By Carol Devine-Molin
web posted September 10, 2007
Frankly, since we hadn't heard directly from al-Qaida's spiritual leader Osama bin Laden in about three years, I presumed he was dead. Alas, it was wishful thinking on my part. There was Osama on-the-tape in all his bearded glory last week, sounding as though he had conducted a Vulcan mind-meld with a far-Left blogger. Americans were presented with a rambling anti-capitalist message rife with buzz words – barely coherent, although not quite the "word-salad" of a psychotic – that was generally formulated to taunt President Bush, provide an aura of populist appeal and deliver a vital message, get out of Dodge (Iraq).
Interestingly, on the heels of this video released on September 7, 2007, another bin Laden tape will reportedly be issued shortly to commemorate al-Qaida's sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. al-Qaida operatives are adept propagandists that will undoubtedly utilize these videos as recruiting tools and as a means to shore up support among their followers.
As to this current tape, Osama holds out an offer to Americans to "embrace Islam". Some view this clarion call for conversion in a rather curious light. Is it indicative of imminent al-Qaida strikes on the homeland? Who knows? The bottom line is that Osama's screed will only appeal to fellow crackpots. It was reportedly written by Adam Gadahn, a young Californian that heads up al-Qaida's English language media operations. Noteworthy, Gadahn is the first American since 1952 to be charged with treason.
And what of Osama's "new look"? Mind you, we can't tell whether his beard was a fake, or if he had his own trimmed and dyed to spruce up for the camera. More importantly, Osama's morphing visage begs the question how he really appears in his mountainous hideaway on the Afghan-Pakistan border. That's what inquiring authorities will really want to ascertain in their continued search for him. In any event, considering that most westerners find the "stumbled out of a cave" look a tad frightful, probably the Osama "makeover" was a good idea. Now that the President's homeland security adviser, Frances Townsend, indicates that the new video is apparently authentic, we can scrutinize Osama's words more closely.
What I found to be particularly intriguing was Osama's efforts to present himself as the quintessential Left-leaning good guy: an anti-globalization, pro-greenie, "blame America first" type that abhors the ostensible hypocrisy of the pro-freedom crowd. Osama states: "In fact, the life of all of mankind is in danger because of the global warming resulting to a large degree from the emissions of the factories of the major corporations, yet despite that, the representative of these corporations in the White House insists on not observing the Kyoto accord, with the knowledge that the statistic speaks of the death and displacement of the millions of human beings because of that, especially in Africa." Osama was clearly appealing to the Left-leaning crowd, so he understands that these are "useful idiots" helping to advance his cause, whether they realize it or not.
Osama also tells us that there is nothing worse than the "terrorism" of the West. Clearly, it's an attempt to mitigate al-Qaida's heinous behaviors in the minds of Americans, which, of course, is unconscionable equivocation. Osama explains: "And despite this brazen attack on the people, the leaders of the West - especially Bush, Blair, Sarkozy and Brown- still talk about freedom and human rights with a flagrant disregard for the intellects of human beings. So is there a form of terrorism stronger, clearer and more dangerous than this?...The capitalist system seeks to turn the entire world into a fiefdom of the major corporations under the label of "globalization" in order to protect democracy."
Moreover, Osama wants the Democrats to get off the dime, and halt this war in Iraq pronto. He avers: "And here is the gist of the matter, so one should pause, think and reflect: why have the Democrats failed to stop this war, despite them being the majority?" Are we to care that Osama bin Laden and his minions are becoming frustrated with the lack of so-called progress by the Left-wingers?
This just underscores how al-Qaida and its affiliates, in addition to rogue regimes such as Iran and Syria, are profoundly threatened by the prospect of American victory and a budding democracy in Iraq. The Islamo-fascists are losing the war in Iraq, and what better way for them to declare victory than to be left the playing field in the wake of an American withdrawal. The disgusting orchestrated attacks by the Left upon General David Petraeus and his successful surge efforts are clearly playing into the hands of America's enemies. The majority of Americans will make note of this spectacle, which does not portend well for the Democrat Party.
Which brings me to a discussion of the Islamo-fascists that run Iran with an iron fist: Although they're Shiites (unlike the al-Qaida thugs, which are Sunnis), they too are obsessed with an end-time fantasy that involves targeting the West, most notably America and Israel (an outpost of the West). Iranan President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the mullahs further believe that the 12th imam, a messianic figure, will soon return and they need to pave the way – obliterate America and Israel – with a view toward establishing worldwide Islamic rule.
The fundamental dilemma, of course, is Iran's refusal to eschew its nuclear program. Mahmoud "I'm mad about Jihad" Ahmadinejad has now taken to claiming that those who seek further sanctions against Iran are "racing to hell". That's a humorous charge, considering all of Ahmadinejad's evil ways, but I digress. Clearly, the Bush administration will utilize every means in its foreign policy toolbox including political and economic sanctions, back-channel diplomacy, international pressure, and any other tact it can muster, in order to avoid turning to military strikes. However, military action can never be taken off the table. Prior diplomatic attempts in recent years by the EU-3 (Germany, France and the UK) to deal with Iran's nuclear ambitions have failed. That, in turn, led to UN intervention.
According to a recent edition of the Financial Times, "Iran is trying to persuade European governments to give up the pursuit of a third round of United Nations sanctions and allow it the opportunity to prove that its nuclear program is not designed for weapons production." That being said, the Iranian leadership is comprised of well practiced liars and manipulators that are determined to have their way.
Essentially, the Iranian government often contradicts itself and routinely plays for time: As noted in recent news reports, the Iranians refuse to suspend their nuclear activities. But this is nothing new – it's all part of their cycle of conniving. Given Iran's bluster and threats against the West, and its status as the premier supporter of transnational terrorism, it's virtually impossible to trust it with nuclear capability. Moreover, the US has recently labeled Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. In sum, Iran is always up to no-good, with its terror operatives and proxies causing upheaval throughout the Middle East, most notably in Lebanon, Iraq and Gaza at the present time.
The world community believes that its best hope is to politically isolate Iran and apply economic pressures to persuade it to drop its nuclear activities. Iran's economy is profoundly vulnerable and rife with high unemployment – Moreover, Iran has plenty of oil, but, ironically, it possesses few oil refineries, necessitating that it import gas and diesel fuel.
If only the Iranian populace, which largely despises the Mullah regime, would rise up and topple its corrupt leadership! Do the Iranian people have the resources and the wherewithal to succeed? However, we're running out of time and options, as the Iranian government continues to diligently pursue it nuclear goals. And even if the sanctions manage to garner traction and significantly impact Iran, does a lawless Iranian regime – with its back against the wall and nothing to lose – viciously strike out at the West? Obviously, terror attacks don't have to be nuclear in nature to create mass casualties, as demonstrated by the 9/11 tragedy. The bottom line is that the West is unlikely to prevent all Iranian-directed terror attacks. Which leads us to only one conclusion – regime change might be our only recourse.
Carol Devine-Molin is a regular contributor to several online magazines.
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