Thursday, June 15, 2006

Captured Zarqawi Document: Terrorist Insurgency in Bad Shape

The Jerusalem Post provides the translated text of a captured Zarqawi document that paints a gloomy picture of the state of the terrorist insurgency in Iraq. This picture is completely at odds with the image projected by the mainstream media of a robust insurgency gaining strength from US missteps.

Here are the main problems, as identified by the terrorist insurgent leaders themselves:
1. By allowing the American forces to form the forces of the National Guard, to reinforce them and enable them to undertake military operations against the resistance.

2. By undertaking massive arrest operations, invading regions that have an impact on the resistance, and hence causing the resistance to lose many of its elements.

3. By undertaking a media campaign against the resistance resulting in weakening its influence inside the country and presenting its work as harmful to the population rather than being beneficial to the population.

4. By tightening the resistance's financial outlets, restricting its moral options and by confiscating its ammunition and weapons.

5. By creating a big division among the ranks of the resistance and jeopardizing its attack operations, it has weakened its influence and internal support of its elements, thus resulting in a decline of the resistance's assaults.

6. By allowing an increase in the number of countries and elements supporting the occupation or at least allowing to become neutral in their stand toward us in contrast to their previous stand or refusal of the occupation.

7. By taking advantage of the resistance's mistakes and magnifying them in order to misinform.
In other words, these are the things that the US is doing right. This document, if genuine, indicates a massive failure on the part of Western news media to accurately portray the conflict in Iraq.