If I were in the Bush Administration, I’d be jumping all over this al-Qaeda memo lamenting the environment for terrorism in Iraq. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the apparent al-Qaeda liaison to the Iraqi resistance writes in some depth about the situation in Iraq and why the jihadis are losing against the US.
The document was made available to The New York Times on Sunday, with an accompanying translation made by the military. A reporter was allowed to see the Arabic and English versions and to write down large parts of the translation.
The memo says extremists are failing to enlist support inside the country, and have been unable to scare the Americans into leaving. It even laments Iraq’s lack of mountains in which to take refuge.
This disproves the idea that the Iraqi people are supporting the insurgency – quite the opposite, al-Zarqawi deliberately wants to provoke a deadly religious war in the country between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims that would kill thousands. The biggest losers in such a struggle would be the Iraqi people, many of whom are sick of the constant violence that threatens to tear their country apart. Many Iraqis understand that the only way to end the violence is to let the CPA finish the job.
Now is the time to go on the offensive and break the back of the insurgency in Iraq. If we can get a memo from al-Zarqawi we’re clearly getting close. They have nowhere to go and face a hostile population. Even a few captures can dramatically improve the security situation in Iraq, a move that is increasingly important for bringing peace to the war-torn country.
UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds at InstaPundit finds an example of media spin on this story. Either some copyeditor was asleep at their desk, or CNN is spinning the story. Either way, it doesn’t reflect well on them.