Comments: Vanguard of the Islamoteriat

It's a little unnerving, though, to see an echo of the "Tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of patriots" rhetoric in there...

Posted by Aziz at March 4, 2004 12:05 PM

Yeah, I thought of that too, although I think that only adds to a point I tried to make earlier: Twisted notions of Jeffersonian Liberalism are to Timothy McVeigh as twisted notions of Islam are to al Qaeda et al...

Posted by Bill at March 4, 2004 02:49 PM

I encourage those interested in the alleged "Zarqawi letter" to read the posts by Juan Cole and especially the recent one in which he quotes Professor Bernard Haykel about why Professor Haykel believes it is a forgery and is not even consistent with jihadi-salafi ideology for some of the reasons we've discussed here about its language towards the kurds.

Posted by Abu Noor al-Irlandee at March 5, 2004 04:38 PM

I'm not entirely sure that it is inconsistent with what I've read of jihadi-salafi ideology. I'll see if I can't explain why in some detail later tonight. But on the larger point of the document's authenticity (or lack thereof), a reasonable person could doubt that Zarqawi had written it. At the same time, given what's happened in the past few weeks (attacks on Kurds in the North and now the Karbala attacks on Ashura), it appears that the strategies outlined in the letter are being employed by someone.

Posted by Bill at March 5, 2004 05:06 PM