Al Qaeda's big number two, Ayman al-Zawahri, has issued a plea to Somali islamists to kill themselves as quickly as possible. He also urges foreign islamists to join in the fun.
CAIRO, Egypt –'s deputy has called on Somalia's Islamic militants to carry out suicide attacks on Ethiopian troops fighting in their country, according to a taped message posted on the Internet Friday.
Al-Qaida's No. 2 also implores Muslims worldwide to support Somalia's Islamists with fighters, money and expertise.
"I speak to you today as the crusader invader forces of Ethiopia violate the soil of the beloved Muslim Somalia," Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahri said in the recording…..
…."I call upon the Muslim nation in Somalia to remain in the new battlefield that is one of the crusader battlefields that are being launched by America and its allies and theagainst Islam and Muslims," al-Zawahri said
"Launch ambushes, land mines, raids and suicidal combats until you consume them as the lions and eat their prey," he added.
One learns something new every day. Who knew lions used suicide bombers? I would have suspected jackals. While this has always been the real fear, the reality on the ground in Somalia may make the tactics Zawahri is calling for might not work. Given the sonic boom generating brisk walk the islamists made across Somalia, there may be a – shall we say – lack of intestinal fortitude for the kind of warfare Zawahri is calling for. But we do admire Zawahri's call for the islamists to immediately commit suicide and think the world would be a better place if they did so at once. Perhaps the Ethiopians could help them out.
UPDATE: AJ Strata also has a bit to say about the number two of al Qaeda.
As it happened in Iraq and Afghanistan? While the liberal Western media is easily duped (let me count the ways) most people find this laughable. Al Qaeda again claims success in the face of utter defeat. And they expose their impotence (they have no army) by begging for any rag tag group of wannabe martyrs to rush to Somalia and start killing people at a pace that doesn’t match one month of highway accidents here in the US. Contrary to media hype, Al Qaeda is slowly and continuously losing in Iraq. The Iraq government controls more and more of Iraq every month and the while the media keeps tabs on the US death tolls (in their ghoulish obsession) the fact is the numbers of martyrs that have gone to Allah dwarfs the casualty levels on our side (and by ‘our’ I mean US and Iraqi government forces – the ones representing the democratic governments of Iraq and America).
Contrary to liberal mythology, there is not an endless supply of mindless, desperate people for Al Qaeda to draw upon……
The only place al Qaeda can claim a real success is in its successful media campaign, which they are accomplishing with the active cooperation of the media. The media helped project an illusion of invincibility on the Somali islamists. The reality was a wee bit different when the Ethiopians decided they had taken enough blustering from the islamists. When the "mighty" Ethiopians sent their "armored fist" against the islamists, the latter set land speed records getting away. That mighty column of sixteen Ethiopian tanks and armored vehicles was apparently too much for the would-be jihadis.
Without the media's reporting help, the world would be collectively rolling around on the ground laughing at the brave islamists. And no self-respecting would-be jihadi would even consider joining such a group of pathetic losers. Look, these guys are genuinely dangerous in many ways, but if the media was not pumping them up right now the world would be disgusted with their behavior and they would be diminishing rapidly in both numbers and stature.