Monday, September 24, 2018

Again, Iraq Was Not a Distraction

It still amazes me that people thought the Iraq War was a "distraction" from the "real" war against al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Not even President Obama believed that Iraq seriously affected the Afghanistan fight, recall.

And now the chief nutball of al Qaeda explains how every place they are is a mere front in one war:

Zawahiri portrays the US as the chief enemy of Muslims around the globe. Of course, al Qaeda has repeatedly plotted and called for terrorist attacks inside the West. But that is not the only way Zawahiri thinks the jihadists should continue to fight the Americans.

“We must wage the war – in any part of the Islamic World – as if it is a single war with different fronts against a united enemy,” Zawahiri explains. The wars in “the tribal areas in Pakistan, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Yemen, Mali, Somalia and elsewhere” are not just “between the Muslims and the local governments only,” according to Zawahiri. Instead, these conflicts have “always been between the Muslims and the system of the major international criminals – America being the foremost.”

Iraq was just another front in the same war. A front that al Qaeda itself prioritized over Afghanistan until we defeated them in Iraq.

And note that the murderous doofus apparently thinks that the American invasion of Afghanistan just came out of the blue and that his group's 9/11mass murder attacks had nothing to do with anything at all:

Zawahiri begins his 9/11 anniversary message with an odd bit of framing, claiming: “Seventeen years have passed since Bush launched his Crusader war against Muslims – a war linked with the historical enmity directed towards Islam from its dawn to this very day.”

But it was seventeen years ago today that al Qaeda operatives hijacked four planes inside the US. The US-led invasion of Afghanistan would not have occurred had it not been for the 9/11 hijackings — the act that really “launched” a war.

That's seriously effed up thinking. It's almost as if Zawahiri didn't even listen to the 2009 Obama outreach speech in Cairo to the Islamic world.

I think someone needs a JDAM visit. That's why God gave us JDAMs and special forces.