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“Be Careful Not to Lay Down Your Weapons Before The War is Over.”

I wonder if the Democrat-controlled Congress, now pushing non-binding Iraq resolutions that can have no effect but to demoralize our troops and embolden our enemies, have seen the enemy’s latest resolution.

It comes to us, courtesy of MEMRI, from Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, who now leads al Qaeda in Iraq.  In the form of a 23-minute video issued on February 2, it is entitled, “Victory from Allah, Victory Is Near.”  (Remember when we used to talk about “victory” rather than “success”?  The enemy always talks about “victory.”  The jihadists are determined to vanquish us — to win.) 

While we are aguing over a surge to stabilize Baghdad (which is certainly necessary but hardly sufficient if victory over our enemies is the goal), al Qaeda is looking beyond the Iraqi capital:

“We [hereby] inform the Sunnis of a [new] plan called the Plan of Honor, which is more comprehensive and more perfect [than the existing plan] and includes not only Baghdad but all parts of the Islamic State [of Iraq]… [This plan] will end with Bush announcing the failure of his [security] plan and signing an agreement of defeat… The goals of the plan are: to defend our people and our honor; to rout out the invaders and eradicate the remaining pockets and bases of heresy; to butcher the wounded Crusader tyrant and take advantage of the collapse of morale among [the Crusader] soldiers and commanders; to unite the ranks of the mujahideen and to strengthen the foundations of the Islamic State [of Iraq]. “Oh Muslim youths, remember the cut up bodies of the children, the voices of their bereaved [parents] and the anguished cries of the elderly. Let the volcano of your wrath burst forth. Burn the ground beneath the feet of the Jews and their helpers, eradicate their army, destroy their equipment, down their planes, ambush them in their homes, in the wadis and on the roads. Hide in the darkness of night and turn their morning into hell…  We are not afraid of your coalitions… We have drunk blood [in the past], and we find no [blood] sweeter than that of the Byzantines [i.e. Christians]… Roast their flesh with car bombs, cut off their supply lines with [explosive] charges and tear out their hearts with sniper fire. Know that offense is the best [form of] defense, and be careful not to lay down your weapons before the war is over… We are not fighting out of nationalism, but with the aim of making Allah’s word supreme.

I’d say Congress’s non-binding resolutions would fit the Plan of Honor quite nicely.


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