Monday, December 12, 2005

This is what pandering gets you

It gets you threats. Know your audience, they say. In this case the audience can smell fear, like a shark that knows blood is in the water.

Le Figaro:

« With a Kalashnikov hanging on the wall behind him, the man who issued these threats on a video distributed by Islamist websites is an old acquaintance of the French intelligence services and of Algeria's Rachid Ramda.

"It is our legitimate right to hit France because we are at war against this country. I call on all the mujahidin of Syria, Lebanon, the countries of the Levant and elsewhere to strike (at its) heart and its interests, wherever they may be."

Having fought in Afghanistan in the 1980s, he met Usamah Bin-Ladin in 1988. He is cited as one of the sponsors of the London attacks this July and of the Madrid attacks of March 2004.

Born 26 October 1958 in Aleppo (Syria,) Mustafa Setmarian Nasar [name as published], alias Abu Mus'ab al-Siri, was arrested on 31 October in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan. He apparently left a spiritual testament in the form of a one-hour video filmed shortly after the 7 July attacks in London and mainly devoted to that event. »
The statement is both worth of being remembered and ignored. Thought of when observing people taking criticism of the US seriously, no matter whose mouth it comes out of, and for whatever reason. And ignored because talk is cheap.

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