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al Qaeda letter

Here’s the letter (13 page pdf). Here’s the WaPo summary; here’s the NYT’s. Both take note of this passage:

"Things may develop faster than we imagine," Mr. Zawahiri wrote. "The aftermath of the collapse of American power in Vietnam - and how they ran and left their agents - is noteworthy. Because of that, we must be ready starting now, before events overtake us, and before we are surprised by the conspiracies of the Americans and the United Nations and their plans to fill the void behind them."

Need I say more?

Update:Actually, I need to, since there’s this good news from Iraq to note. I wonder if news of al Qaeda’s plans encouraged all sides to be more accommodating.

In this connection, see this article:

Now, "the only opponents should be the Zarqawi people," [Sunni negotiator Mishan] Jabouri said, referring to followers of Abu Musab Zarqawi, the head of the insurgent group al Qaeda in Iraq. "They oppose everything. If they wrote the constitution, they would oppose it."

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This letter demonstrates the ridiculousness of Sen. Kennedy’s calls to put a timetable on withdrawing from Iraq. The letter makes clear that al Qaida is poised to fill any void left by the withdrawal of American troops; setting a timetable would make their plan easier. If we withdraw before Iraq is ready to defend itself, as Sen. Kennedy seems to suggest, al Qaida stands a good chance of establishing Baghdad-based islamic caliphate, the consequences of which would be disasterous for our security.

This is the price you pay for pulling the rug out from under your allies. Your enemies never forget and neither do your friends. We pay this price over and over again.

That letter could well be a fake. Even Al Qaeda in Iraq is saying as much. I’m sure your Middle East experts and those at Powerline (perhaps the same ones that pursued the Dan Rather fakes so doggedly) will be hot on this to get to The Truth!

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