Saturday, August 27, 2005

The Latest By Al Qaeda Iraq
Sounds Like It Was
Written By An American
If You Ask Me

I just have to throw something out there. I don't much care about this latest screed from Al Qaeda in Iraq, but I've got to note, it doesn't sound like it's written by a Middle Eastern Muslim:

(CNN) -- Laying out its ideology in a broad manifesto, the group al Qaeda in Iraq -- which has been behind many of the worst attacks, beheadings and kidnappings in Iraq -- says the insurgency is in better shape than the United States acknowledges and vows to continue the insurgency and "destroy the American empire."

"Every now and then, the schoolboys of the Pentagon and the adolescents of the Black House keep blasting our ears with talks of pure arrogance and conviction saying, 'We will not leave Iraq until we accomplish our mission.' This desperate catchphrase that they keep repeating is used to make the public believe that the mujahedeens are in bad shape, as if they are begging the Americans, saying, 'Please Americans, leave Iraq,' " the group says in an e-book, an extensive document on the Internet.

"We vow by the name of God that we are determined to destroy the American empire," it says.

That writing has a distinctly America cadence, if you ask me. And the phrase "by the name of God" sounds American as well. Muslims don't usually use the word God. They use Allah, of course.

I wonder if the Al Qaeda website could have been scammed into publishing this, or if it was hacked.

Or, maybe Al Qaeda had an American Muslim write this, thinking it might strike home with us even more, if it was written in language we are used to.