"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Monday, September 05, 2005
[Media Source*] (Hat Tip: Jihad Watch)
Abu Musab Zarqawi's foreign-led Al Qaeda in Iraq took open control of a key western town at the Syrian border, deploying its guerrilla fighters in the streets and flying Zarqawi's black banner from rooftops, tribal leaders and other residents in the city and surrounding villages said.
A sign newly posted at the entrance of Qaim declared, "Welcome to the Islamic Kingdom of Qaim." A statement posted in mosques described Qaim as an "Islamic kingdom liberated from the occupation."
The ironic (although sad) truth about "liberations" led by insurgents is that they are often met with oppression, torture and the censorship of freedom of thought. Many citizens of the village have been killed already, including a woman whose body was riddled with bullets by insurgents who accused her of being a prostitute. It is hard to see how such atrocities will win the hearts of Iraqis (who have not forgotten their treatment under Saddam) although such actions will probably only enrage citizens against them.
"It would be insane to attack Zarqawi's people, even to shoot one bullet at them," [Sheikh Nawaf Mahallawi, a leader of a Sunni Arab tribe, the Albu Mahal] said. "We cannot attack them. But we will not stand still if they attack us. We hope the U.S. forces end this in the coming days. We want the city to go back to its normal situation."
Although Zarqawi's forces seem to be full of zeal, one thing they seem to lack is a working PR with the local communities. By simply killing anyone allied to the coalition forces, they only reinforce the view that Americans are for freedom while the terrorists are for oppression. Although unwilling to give up the fight for control of Iraq, Zarqawi and those affiliated with them are fighting a losing battle, as they up coming elections will reveal once again that Iraqis value freedom over Islamic fundamentalism.
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