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A picture is worth a thousand words. Thank You Lucianne.com

Occasionally, one sees something that truly explains the difference between liberals and conservatives. This montage on Lucianne.com on 22 Sep 05, shows the significant difference between those who take charge of their destiny and those who blame others for their circumstances.

One thing this montage does not express is that school buses in New Orleans were enroute to evacuate people, but the Mayor of New Orleans came on TV and said he did not want school buses, he wanted charter buses. Wonder how many lives that cost.

An Analysis of Al-Zarqawi's speech 14 Sep 05.

Leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq Al-Zarqawi Declares "Total War" on Shi'ites, States that the Sunni Women of Tel'afar Had "Their Wombs Filled with the Sperm of the Crusaders"
Al-Zarqawi/Al-Qaeda's Jihad Media Battalion Original Article

Al-Qaeda in Iraq is loosing the war in Iraq. A recent captured letter (27 Jul 05) from one of Al-Zarqawi's Lieutentants in Mosul points to severe leadership issues within the insurgency. It spells out how the insurgency is losing volunteers, popularity, and must rule by force amongst their own personnel as opposed to brotherly bonds. It points to how Mosul will no longer be able to take pressure off of Al-Qaim and Tel'afar which were recently targeted by Iraqi and US forces. It is interesting to analyze the recent Iraqi Army gains in places like Tel'afar and compare them to the tone of this letter. The war against Al-Qaeda in Iraq is all but won. Everyday, Sunnis are turning against the insurgency and are joining forces with the Iraqi government. Everyday, Al-Zarqawi is losing strength, support, and territory to launch his operations. This speech starts against Shiites and the Iraqi government, but it ends with warnings against Sunnis. Between the lines of this speech shows the hopelessness of the insurgency and pending defeat of Al-Zarqawi and his band of thugs he calls Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Al-Zarqawi: "Days go by, and events follow one after the other. The battles are many, and the names used are varied. But the goal is one: a Crusader-Rafidite war against the Sunnis (Not Sunnis, but the terrorists who explode themselves or direct others to explode themselves and kill innocent men, women, and children, many of which are Sunnis).

"The interests of the Crusaders (To create a safe, democratic, multi-ethnic government & environment) have converged with the desires of their brothers, the hate-filled Rafidites, and the outcome was these crimes and massacres against the Sunnis – from Al-Falluja to al-Madain, Al-Diyala, Al-Samarra, and Al-Mosul, through Al-Ramadi, Hit, Haditha, Al-Rawa, Al-Qaim and other places, and recently – but not last – at Tel'afar. (Al-Zarqawi is listing the several battles that Al-Qaeda in Iraq has lost. For those who say the US is not winning this war, they only need to look at this long and significant list of victories against Al-Qaeda in Iraq.) This battle came at this time in order to cover up the scandal of Allah's enemy, Bush, in his dealing with what was left behind by one of Allah's soldiers – the devastating Hurricane Katrina (By the same logic, I guess the earthquake in Iran was also Allah's doing), which revealed to the entire world the great helplessness in dealing with the destruction caused by this hurricane, because of the tremendous attrition of the American army's resources in Iraq and Afghanistan. This hurricane has once again brought to mind the manifestations of racial discrimination among the American people, and has exposed the fragility of the foundations upon which it is structured. The acts of assault and killings have spread, as well as robbery and looting, and what is still to come will be even more terrible, Allah willing.

"This battle has come in order to unveil the ugly face of the government of the descendants of Ibn Al-'Alqami and to remove the shield behind which they hide. The Rafidite neighborhoods [in Tel'afar] have been isolated in order to spare them from the bombings and destruction, and in order to use some of them to launch a war of total annihilation on the Sunni neighborhoods, as a step toward eliminating any sign of life in those neighborhoods. It has been proven to us beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Crusaders are using toxic gases in their battles against the mujahideen, even if the masters of the Black [i.e. White] House and their followers deny it. Ask the hospitals of Tel'afar about the widespread cases of asphyxiation and poisoning among those admitted there. (If true, this would be all over the news. Al-Zarqawi is most likely is talking about the use of riot control agents that all governments concur is not a chemical agent.)

"Sunnis who managed to escape from the hell of the Crusader bombing were seized by the treacherous hands of the treacherous [Badr] corps and others, who abused and murdered the men and who desecrated the women's honor and stole their jewelry and ornaments. (Interesting Al-Zarqawi is not accusing the US Army of murder and rape, but instead is accusing Badr soldiers. Also of note, Al-Zarqawi states here that the battle in Tel'afar was "hell" and those who tried to escape were captured, but later denies any such victory existed.)
"This is an organized sectarian war (Al-Zarqawi has tried to make this war sectarian), whose details were carefully planned, against the will of those whose vision has been blinded and whose hearts have been hardened by Allah. Beware, oh Sunni scholars – has your sons' blood become so cheap in your eyes that you have sold it for a low price? Has the honor of your women become so trivial in your eyes? Beware. Have you not heard that many of your chaste and pure sisters from among the Sunnis of Tel'afar had their honor desecrated, their chastity slaughtered, and their wombs filled with the sperm of the Crusaders and of their brothers, the hate-filled Rafidites? Where is your religion? Moreover, where is your sense of honor, your zeal, and your manliness?

"Yet the mujahideen are still attacking the enemy and fighting it. What would have happened if the government of the descendants of Ibn Al-'Alqami had grown more stable and strong? What do you expect? Do you think that by writing a communiqué of denunciation you are saving yourself from giving reckoning before God? By Allah, grave is the occasion, and terrible is the reckoning. (Interesting that Al-Zarqawi is stating the situation is so grave that he is now attempting to illicit more direct help from Sunni scholars and clergy to not only declare this a sectarian war but to incite the Sunni masses to fight.)

"Behold the Rafidites' lackey, [Iraqi Defense Minister] Sa'doon Al-Dulaimi, may Allah keep him miserable, bragging about their victories at Tel'afar. If only I knew what victory they are talking about – these cowards, none of whom dares to leave his lair unless he is shielded by the women of the Marines. Does this traitor believe that bombing houses, with women and children inside, constitutes a victory? By Allah, what a miserable victory. (Interesting dichotomy here. Al-Zarqawi first starts this speech noting the several battles lost. Al-Zarqawi starts this paragragh stating he does not know of any victories in Tel'afar, and then finishes this paragraph recognizing the victory.)

"For this battle, against this small group of believers, which numbers no more than a few hundred, they mobilized over 10,000 soldiers, 4,000 of whom were Crusaders. (Does this then state that 6,000 of the soldiers were Iraqi forces? If so, then they are actively executing successful missions. So much of the American MSM stating these forces are not effective or do not exist and the US Army is failing to build an Iraqi Army.) If this points to anything, it points to the degree of fear and horror that has gripped their souls. You see how they falsely claim that they killed dozens and imprisoned hundreds of Arabs and Afghans. These are all lies, because there are no Arab mujahideen in the city [of Tel'afar]. If they are speaking the truth, let them produce these prisoners.

"This lackey [Al-Dulaimi], who betrayed his religion and his nation, and agreed to serve as a tool of the Crusaders and Safavids [a reference to the Shiite Safavid dynasty of Iran] threatens that he and his angels of destruction are advancing towards Al-Anbar, Al-Qaim, Rawatha and Samarra. (I bet we will be hearing the names of these cities and battles in these four remaining terrorist strongholds more and more in the near future.) To him we say that the mujahideen have prepared for you and for your soldiers, by Allah's virtues, a slashing sword and lethal poison. Allah willing, you will be given to drink from the various goblets of death, and the lands of the Sunnis will contain your rotting corpses. Come, if you want, now or later.

"This is a call to all the Sunnis in Iraq: Awaken from your slumber, and arise from your apathy. You have slept for a long time. The wheels of the war to annihilate the Sunnis have not and will not halt. It will reach the homes of each and every one of you, unless Allah decides otherwise. If you do not join the mujahideen to defend your religion and honor, by Allah, sorrow and regret will be your lot, but only after all is lost. (Awaken or re-awaken. From what I see in Iraq, alot of Sunnis are becoming disheartened with Al-Zarqawi and his band of thugs and terrorists. He is losing his base of support due to his tactics of indiscriminant targeting and bombing of innocent civilians and his personnel are being turned in by other Sunnis. Sunnis also are beginning to enlist in the Iraqi Military in large numbers.)

"Based on all that I have mentioned, and after the world has come to know the truth about this battle and the identity of its true target, the Al-Qaeda organization in the Land of the Two Rivers has decided: First, since the government of the descendant of Ibn Al-'Alqami and the servant of the Cross, Ibrahim Al-Ja'fari, has declared a total war against the Sunnis in Tel'afar, Ramadi, Al-Qaim, Samarra, and Al-Rawa, under the pretext of restoring rights and eliminating the terrorists, the organization has decided to declare a total war against the Rafidite Shi'ites throughout Iraq, wherever they may be. This is a fitting reward, because you started the aggression.

"Beware. By Allah, we will not treat you with compassion, and you will have no mercy from us. Any sect that wants to spare itself the attacks of the mujahideen must immediately renounce the Al-Ja'fari government and its crimes. Otherwise, their fate will be the same, and he who warns has done his duty.

"Second, from now on, whoever is proven to belong to the Pagan [National] Guard, to the police, or to the army, or whoever is proven to be a Crusader collaborator or spy – he shall be killed. Furthermore, his house shall either be destroyed or burned down, after the women and children are taken out of it. (Does this mean that he will stop using indiscriminant IEDs that kill defenseless women and children?) This is his reward for betraying his religion and his nation, so that he shall serve as a clear lesson and a preventive warning to others.

"Third, 'Abu Righal' Al-Dulaimi tried to sow division and discord between the mujahideen and the tribes, when he claimed that it was the tribes' sheikhs who had asked him to come to their aid. This is an utter lie. The tribesmen are among the most important mainstays of the Jihad. These tribes have been very supportive of the Jihad and its men. Be that as it may, we warn the tribes that any tribe, party, or association that has been proven to collaborate with the Crusaders and their apostate lackeys – by God, we will target them just like we target the Crusaders, we will eradicate them and disperse them to the winds. There are only two camps – the camp of truth and its followers, and the camp of falsehood and its Shi'ites. You must choose in which of the two trenches you lie. What befell some of the traitors at Al-Qaim is the best proof of this. (Another dichotomy. Al-Zarqawi states that his best support is coming from tribal sheikhs, but also warns these same people not to continue to collaborate with the Iraqi government.)

"Finally, we say to the Crusaders and the Safavid Rafidites: Your crime and cowardly deed at Tel'afar will not go without severe punishment, Allah willing. I challenge the government of the descendants of Ibn Al-'Alqami, headed by Al-Ja'fari the Zoroastrian and 'Abu Righal' Al-Dulaimi, to come out of their lairs in the Green Zone [in Baghdad], and to confront the brigades of the mujahideen."

Now why aren't their Muslim brothers welcoming them into Egypt with open arms?

PA officials: 100,000 crossed border, tons of drugs and weapons smuggled in
Israelinsider Staff and Partners, Israel Insider Original Article

Palestinian cranes and bulldozers began plugging breaches along the porous Gaza-Egypt border Saturday, after days of chaos, and riot police fired in the air to keep back dozens of stone-throwing trespassers in the first sign of a clampdown. 1200 policemen reportedly deployed.