This is interesting. A letter from al-Zawahiri to al-Zarqawi, dated July 9, 2005.
Plenty of people know chapter and verse on the Bush Administration’s rhetoric and blunders in Iraq, who have never bothered to read a word the enemy writes.
This letter is a great place to start. If you think Halliburton is the evil empire, consider the “caliphate” these boys want to create. And if you think you can form strategic policy without reference to the outlook and expectations of your enemies, think again.
Pick your favorite line. Here’s two that struck me:
Things may develop faster than we imagine. The aftermath of the collapse of American power in Vietnam-and how they ran and left their agents-is noteworthy.
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I say to you: that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media.
Evil, but not stupid. Evil almost never is.
Marc has an analysis.