What are the plans of the radical Islamic terrorists? Apparently we can find out quite easily. CentCom has published the translation of a letter from the al-Qaida leader Zawahiri to or favorite Jordanian in Iraq, Zarqawi, which outlines the goal of these dangerous scum. The plan is in four stages, and is not exactly brilliant. What is amazing is that these people understand that perception is more important that tactical results. Its the classic example in warfare where you can win many tactical battles yet lose the war to a great strategic victory. And the strategy they employ is propaganda. Align your message to mirror the left wing liberal mainstream media. Let your goals be those of the divisive voices within your enemy camp. Ok, lets take a look:
The first stage: Expel the Americans from Iraq.
Duh... I think he doesn't like us. Are we hindering the creation of a terrorist state? Could be. And isn't this the same message we are getting from Al Gore, Cindy Shehan, Move On, Micheal Moore, ...etc? So our primary task if we want to thwart Sheik Osama and his little club is to beat the crap out of them in Iraq and stay there as long as the Iraqi government wants us.
The second stage: Establish an Islamic authority or amirate, then develop it and support it until it achieves the level of a caliphate- over as much territory as you can to spread its power in Iraq, i.e., in Sunni areas, is in order to fill the void stemming from the departure of the Americans, immediately upon their exit and before un-Islamic forces attempt to fill this void, whether those whom the Americans will leave behind them, or those among the un-Islamic forces who will try to jump at taking power.
There is no doubt that this amirate will enter into a fierce struggle with the foreign infidel forces, and those supporting them among the local forces, to put it in a state of constant preoccupation with defending itself, to make it impossible for it to establish a stable state which could proclaim a caliphate, and to keep the Jihadist groups in a constant state of war, until these forces find a chance to annihilate them.
Ok, he doesn't like Shiites either. Its enlightening to see that even terrorist scumbags recognize who is in control and the void that would be left if the U.S. armed forces were to leave prematurely. And it appears to be the purpose of this organization to 'find a chance to annihilate' us. More validation for being there, and killing these people at each opportunity.
The third stage: Extend the jihad wave to the secular countries neighboring Iraq.
Well, you can't stop with just a little progress, so why not move out to the rest of the world. So look out Syria, Turkey, and I wonder what constitutes a secular country? Maybe from his standpoint, Iran?
The fourth stage: It may coincide with what came before: the clash with Israel, because Israel was established only to challenge any new Islamic entity.
My raising this idea-I don't claim that it's infallible-is only to stress something extremely important. And it is that the mujahedeen must not have their mission end with the expulsion of the Americans from Iraq, and then lay down their weapons, and silence the fighting zeal. We will return to having the secularists and traitors holding sway over us. Instead, their ongoing mission is to establish an Islamic state, and defend it, and for every generation to hand over the banner to the one after it until the Hour of Resurrection.
Oh no, you mean you don't like Israel? Imagine that. The important thing stressed here is instructive for us as well. The author does not want the fighting zeal to end. The fear is that it will end when we leave Iraq in humiliation, the mujahedeen will feel that they completed the mission. But the zeal could end in another fashion, after we shoot all the zealots.