October 13, 2005
The election this weekend in Iraq is another important step in President Bush’s announced vision for a new Middle East.
Just how much the terrorists oppose self-determination has again been revealed in a letter from Al Qaeda’s second in command – Ayman Al Zawahiri – to Al Qaeda’s commander in Iraq – Abu Musab Al Zarqawi.
In addition to asking for more money for the effort in Iraq, Zawahiri makes it plain that the terrorists’ goal is to defeat America and to setup a terrorist base in Iraq from which they plan a worldwide revolution to topple every non Muslim government.
They want to replace them with theological and political dictatorships.
You can’t be clearer than that. The Zawahiri letter also notes these people have learned something from America’s Vietnam experience.
He writes, “more than half the battle is taking place in the media.”
His goal is to use the media in America and the Arab world to force the U.S. out of Iraq.
The president is right to persevere, through the weekend election, the one in December for the legislative assembly and beyond.
The terrorists must not win – by force, or by through media.
I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.