Ayman Al-Zawahiri aired a video today in which he admonished the US to negotiate “with the real powers” He doesn’t say who those “real powers” are, but we can speculate that he’s referring to his group, al Qaeda.
Al-Zawahri also told the United States on Wednesday that it was negotiating with the wrong people in Iraq.
“I want to tell the Republicans and the Democrats together … you are trying to negotiate with some parties to secure your withdrawal, but these parities won’t find you an exit (from Iraq) and your attempts will yield nothing but failure,” al-Zawahri said on the tape, sections of which were aired in successive news bulletins.
“It seems that you will go through a painful journey of failed negotiations until you will be forced to return to negotiate with the real powers,” he said, without identifying these powers.
Even though the media and the Democrats have convinced themselves as well as the majority of the American people that we’re losing in Iraq, Zawahiri’s video shows that al Qaeda is not very confident in its position either. Those who are winning don’t request a negotiation, especially radical Islamofascist jihadis, who would view such a move by their own enemies as a sign of weakness.
Update: Jay at Stop the ACLU is thinking much the same thing I am:
I’m really starting to think that there is no more Osama Bin Laden. Its been a looooong time since we’ve heard anything from him. However, the “number two” of Al Qaeda has released his Christmas message for the world. He is urging the U.S. to “negotiate” with Al Qaeda if we want out of Iraq. With Democrats already making trips to talk to our enemies, I fear to wonder how much it would take for Al Qaeda to convince them to some sort of “talks”.
Jim Hoft is taking bets as to which Democrat agrees with Zawahiri first.
Update II: And I really love this statement from Zawahiri to the Palestinians:
“Any way other than holy war, will lead us only to loss and defeat,” al-Zawahri said in clips broadcast by Al-Jazeera, the Qatari-based satellite channel.
The Palestinians chose holy war by electing Hamas and that brought them nothing but misery.
Udpate III: Scrappleface has a video in which he offers his translation of Zawahiri’s tape. You must watch it.
Can you imagine what Zawahiri would say if he saw this? Oh, to be a fly on the wall of the cave.
Hat tip: Hot Air