Monday, June 27, 2005

Iraq and Al Qaeda

I was listening to liberal talk radio this afternoon in the car. The host made the statement "there is no connection between the insurgents in Iraq and Osama Bin Laden".

I am not sure what planet the host occupies these days, but he needs to know there is a definite and indisputable link between Al Qaeda and the terrorists thugs that roam the streets of Iraq, kidnapping and beheading civilians, military contractors, police officers, humanitarian workers, and any one else who strikes their fancy.

Come on! The dominant insurgent group is led by Jordanian Abu Mus'ab Al Zarqawi. Zarqawi and Osama Bin Laden have a long standing relationship dating back a decade or more. Zarqawi ran training camps for Bin Laden in Afghanistan, and fought with Bin Laden and his mujahideen.

Zarqawi's group is called Al Qaeda of Mesopotamia (that's Iraq). Every so often Zarqawi will release an audiotape speaking to Bin Laden. Sometimes Bin Laden even answers, as he did last fall when he appointed Zarqawi as his "emir", or commander, for Al Qaeda operations in Iraq.

Almost any day, you'll see footage on TV of the smoking remains of a convoy or building that was blown up by Zarqawi and his affiliates. Suicide bombings are a daily occurence in Iraq, and most days there are several. They kill indiscriminantly - women, children, the elderly,

It might be prudent to remember that the overwhelming majority of terrorists in Iraq are not native Iraqis - they are Muslims from throughout the the world. It is well documented that the terrorists in Iraq draw volunteers from Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordan, and even Egypt. Others come from Europe, from the Balkans, and from France, Norway, the Netherlands, and even the United Kingdom. The terrorists even draw recruits from the United States and Canada.

These tens of thousands of terrorists - and that is what they are - are being drawn to Iraq. And every terrorist who is in Iraq fighting our military is one less terrorist who is free to bring his savagery to the streets of America.

Make no mistake about it. The "insurgents" in Iraq are part and parcel of the same Al Qaeda organization that crashed planes into the Pentagon and World Trade Center, who crashed a small boat into the USS Cole, who blew up two US Embassies in Africa, and other similar attacks.

If we do not defeat them in the streets of Iraq, we may have to fight them here in the streets of America.

I don't know about you, but I think we need to win this fight now - once and for all - for the sake of our children!

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