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Global Jihad is now popularity contest

Believe it or not, according to one defense 'specialist,' OBL's latest release can be attributed in part to a popularity contest between him and Zarqawi.
"Al-Qaida messaging volume levels are at the highest now than at any point since the group's inception," Venzke said.

Rohan Gunaratna of the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore said the increase in propaganda was apparently bin Laden's attempt to compensate for his group's loss of ability to mount attacks. The U.S.-led war on terror apparently has severely disrupted the portion of al-Qaida directly under bin Laden's control, he said.

That has allowed the head of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, to capture the spotlight on the world terrorism stage watched by militant sympathizers, Gunaratna told The Associated Press in a call from Singapore.

"The jihadis are increasingly looking to al-Zarqawi, who is on the ground and every day is killing Americans in Iraq," Gunaratna said. "Al-Zarqawi is stealing the thunder of bin Laden."

By stepping up his propaganda, Gunaratna said he believed "bin Laden is trying to maintain his eminence in the global jihad."
Now, I've heard everything - at least until they come up with something wackier.

7 Comments:

At Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Anonymous damien said...

Osama's videos have been fake for some time now. See also here and here (and a bunch of other places on the internet.)

All the recent stuff from Zarqawi is also suspect. On 10 April 2006 a Washington Post article by Thomas E. Ricks pointed out that a specific US military propaganda program was in place in regard to Zarqawi - which also targetted Western domestic audiences:

"The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program. The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military intelligence officials believe may have overstated his importance and helped the Bush administration tie the war to the organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."

The Post described how the Pentagon had concocted fake Al-Zarqawi letters boasting about suicide attacks and leaked them to Dexter Filkins of the New York Times, who published one of those letters despite the fact that both The NY Times and Filkins had severe doubts about the authenticity of the letter.

There was also all the fake terror alerts in the US.

Remember, following 9/11 bin Laden DENIED any involvement. If you follow his interviews in the months after 9/11 he provided moral approval for the perpetrators, but in no instance did he claim specific involvement on his part. The only time that occurred was in the fabricated 'confession' video of 12 Dec 2001.

It's ALL crap. It's ALL propaganda.

 
At Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 800 pound gorilla in the room is that not even 2 days ago a Zogby poll came out stating that 45% of all Americans are NOT satisfied with the level of government disclosure and investigation of 9/11. Now within 24 hours of that poll coming out you have a new Bin Laden tape? Does this guy watch CNN, and if so why hasn't Centcom figured out how to triangulate his signal and nail him after 5 years?

I'm really starting to feel insulted by the low intellecutal level of the government narrative on world events, especially relating to this stage managed creation called the war on terror. These socialist morons expect us to be so stupid to believe that there is nothing odd about Bin Laden surfacing just as Bush's poll numbers dip into the mid 20s.

 
At Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

yes, it is pretty darn insulting.

Bush must think everyone's as stupid as he is.

 
At Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Blogger Erosoplier said...

Socialist morons? Huh? Identify your enemy, then shoot. If anyone on the world stage deserves to be called a socialist moron, it's Chevez - and he is not a moron.

 
At Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

Bin Ladin tapes are always beneficial to the decider, and the timing is impeccable. Now it's his version of Emmanuel Golstein times 2(in a cave). Excuse me, must watch the telescreen for two minutes hate.

 
At Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Blogger jayzerz said...

Frankly I think it's way past absurd right now. Everyone likes to mention Orwell when it comes to this fake terror crap, but it's more like we are trapped in the unwritten Beckett play "Waiting for Osama".

My money says he is dead and that George knows it.

 
At Sunday, May 28, 2006, Blogger Muslim Unity said...

Osama is probably sitting with Bush now. This is all an evil plan made by Bush.

 

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