Nov 15 2005

Al Qaeda’s Mistake

Published by at 11:43 am under All General Discussions,Bin Laden/GWOT

While the Republicans implode as their years long efforts are coming to fruition in Iraq, the other side may be imploding faster. I touched on the disastrous misstep Zarqawi made by bombing innocent Muslims in Jordan previously. And as expected, the response in the Muslim world is taking root and spreading:

Last week’s suicide attacks against innocent civilians in Amman shocked us all. It is unclear what message the suicide bombers were conveying and there is no logical cause justifying such insane acts. What could the aim of such attacks be, and what were the mad executioners aiming to achieve? For some time, they have claimed they are defenders and combatants of Islam and the Muslim world. However, Islam has no use for such people and their acts and ideologies – if we believe they have any ideology at all. They promote nothing more than killing and aim only to bring about a state of lawlessness and instability in the Middle East.

When actions target innocent civilians – regular people celebrating the wedding of their children and friends – what are the aims and targets of such suicide actions? It is now more obvious than ever that whoever was responsible for the attacks against civilians in other parts of the Arab world, let’s say a few months ago the hotels at Sharm al-Sheikh, was also responsible for the attacks in Amman.

[Hat tip: RealClearPolitics]

The tone of this piece is crystal clear. It communicates anger and disgust and repulsion – as it should. The response has not been what Al Qaeda expected – that much is clear:

Contributors to Islamic Web sites known for enthusiastically supporting al-Qaida have reacted angrily and with unprecedented criticism to last week’s hotel bombings in Jordan.

The sites say that the targeting of Muslims and the public outrage that followed have damaged the reputation of the insurgent group.

One regular contributor suggested Monday that al-Qaida in Iraq, which claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings that killed 60 people, reconsider its mistakes. Another writer, in an article published on several sites, directly criticized group leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and offered him advice for the next attack.

The postings were a startling turn for the Web sites, where anonymous or pseudonymed writers regularly glorify al-Qaida’s terrorist operations in discussion forums and where religious propaganda – including recruitment attempts – and militant statements are posted.

“We are shedding tears of blood because of the many negative aspects attached to the operation,” wrote Sami, who frequently contributes to Islamic forums. “I swear to God it was a big mistake in which al-Qaida will pay a heavy price.”

In the past, Palestinian homicide bombers were celebrated as martyrs and families rejoiced at their sacrifice. Not so in this case:

The family of an Iraqi woman who apparently tried and failed to detonate an explosives belt during the hotel bombings in the Jordanian capital Amman last week that killed 57 people and injured nearly 100, says what she did was “contrary our tribe’s ethical code” and has disowned her.

“We hope she dies, and we never want to see her again. She is a disgrace,” an unnamed family member was quoted as saying.

Now is not the time to get all wobbly in the US Senate. In fact, maybe the Senate should go on vacation for a few months so they can do no more harm.

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  1. Who was it who said the best thing that could be said for New Zealand was that they had a senate and they abolished it?

    Wise words.

    My thought is that Al Quaeda is slowly giving up on Iraq. It’s a loss leader–high profile but expensive and probably not going anywhere in the long rung–so they’re going to be shopping around. Paris probably looks like a greener pasture…


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