Al Zarqawi ready for retirement
Take the knife from his hand and he starts fidgeting. Al Zarqawi, after being reprimanded by his mentor’s deputy for his showmanship, doesn’t know what to do anymore to attract the masses to his cause(s). Now he is saying: “forget the Americans, we are not fighting the US occupation of Iraq, but to create "an Islamic state which is part of the caliphate and the Muslim territory."
He must have hired a consultant to improve his audience numbers.
"We are not fighting to chase out the occupier or to save national unity and keep the borders outlined by the infidels intact," the statement continues. "We are fighting because it is a religious duty to do it, just as it is a duty to take the Sharia [Islamic law] to the government and create an Islamic state."
I doubt very much that this last statement will draw “martyrs” in their thousands to fight for Al Qaeda in Iraq. I can visualize Al Zawahiri, hiding his face in his hands and muttering: “this guy just doesn’t get it! I even put it in writing but he just doesn’t get it!”
Change management doesn’t sit well with Al Zarqawi; perhaps he should say that they are fighting to introduce free love, whisky and rock&roll, next time.