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Zarqawi: They're Losing
just released the first insider documents captured from terrorists
in the raids surrounding Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death.
The contents will horrify America haters in our media but won't
surprise Post readers:
good guys. Our troops. And the Iraqi army. We're winning.
We were winning big even before we nailed Zarqawi. The terrorists themselves
said so. In their state-of-the-troubled-union message to
to al Qaeda in Iraq, critics of "stay the course" need
to stick it where the sun don't shine: One key captured
document states that "time is beginning to be of service
to the American forces."
ought to pull our troops out now. Right, Nancy? Howard? Teddy?
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as well as of hundreds of essays and articles, written both
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just a fraction of the good news that was plaguing the masters
of terror. Zarqawi's inner circle had concluded that:
- The Iraqi
military and security forces had become painfully effective,
paralyzing terrorist efforts in parts of Iraq where they'd
previously moved freely.
due to U.S. and Iraqi strikes had badly sapped terrorist strength
- and they were having grave difficulty gathering new recruits.
Guess not everybody wants a Saturday-nighter with the virgins
elements in our own media continued to claim that the terrorists
couldn't be defeated, the terrorists themselves felt
that the Iraqi media's reporting on terrorist
atrocities had badly undercut their base of support.
terrorists were suffering from
the loss of financial resources,
as a shortage of weapons - old allies were bailing out on them,
while their dwindling assets were being seized by Coalition
and Iraqi-government forces.
the terrorists' view,
regional and world
opinion had moved
behind the Coalition and the elected Iraqi government.
Zarqawi's butchers laid out a program to try to regain
the initiative they'd lost. Here's what the terrorists
hoped to do:
their own words, "use
the media for spreading
an effective and
creative image of
the resistance." That
is, exploit the
of the Western media,
the terrorists' last
Iraq's army, which was pinning them to the mat (if you
can't beat 'em, join 'em).
the resistance - which was falling to pieces amid squabbles
over tactics, over turf and even over who was the real enemy.
the terrorists hoped to spark a war between the United States
and Iran, to "create a second front" that would take
pressure off them. To that end, they planned to implicate Iran
in staged terrorist events and to provide disinformation about
Tehran's having ties to terrorist groups targeted by
the United States.
case that didn't work, the terrorists also hoped to ignite
civil wars between Sunni and Shia, Americans and Shia, Shia
and Shia, Kurds and Shia - and even between different Sunni
factions. A Vietnam-era U.S. officer was ridiculed for saying, "We
had to destroy the village in order to save it," but
al Qaeda is willing to destroy all of Iraq in order to save
for a fanatical vision.
document portrayed the terrorists as lying on the ropes, speaking
of their "current bleak situation." Their self-evaluation
was wildly at odds with the interpretation of events foisted
upon the American people by left-wing elements in our media
and by the leadership of the Democratic Party. Those who called
for us to quit Iraq would have handed a broken terrorist movement
a strategic victory.
Americans and freedom lovers everywhere, for the enemies of
terror and the friends of tolerance, for the people of Iraq
and of the United States, the captured terrorist documents
contained nothing but great news - confirmation that we're
winning, that terror is being defeated and that Iraq is on
the road to recovery.
As for me,
as I wrote this column yesterday afternoon, I pledged to myself
that I was going to pick up The New York Times this morning.
The Times has been reporting terrorist propaganda as Gospel
truth for three years. Now I can't wait to see how the
shady Gray Lady spins the truth the terrorists told each other.
start hearing that the captured documents are all forgeries
- so a badly burned "mainstream" media can get back
to reporting "the truth" about Haditha, Guantanamo
and Abu Ghraib. In the meantime, our troops will continue to
win this war. CRO
latest book is New
Glory: Expanding America's Global Supremacy. His next
book, Never Quit the Fight, is due
out July 10.
piece first appeared in the New York Post
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