Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Weirdly good news

I think Al Qaeda is beginning to overreach itself. How else to explain this statement purportedly from al-Zarqawi: An audiotape purportedly from the head of al-Qaida in Iraq said Friday the group's suicide bombers did not intend to bomb a Jordanian wedding party at an Amman hotel last week, killing about 30 people. The speaker on the tape, identified as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, also threatened to kill Jordan's King Abdullah II and bomb more hotels and tourist sites. "Your star is fading. You will not escape your fate, you descendant of traitors. We will be able to reach your head and chop it off," al- Zarqawi said, referring to the king.As I understand it, the Jordanians are very fond of their king. As past events already have shown, while Arabs are very tolerant when Jews, Christians, Americans, and alleged collaborators are killed, they're less excited when they come under attack themselves. Given that, I really don't see them having the warm-fuzzies for an organization that's threatening their king. And if Al Qaeda is turning on its own base, that's good news, both because (a) it indicates that Al Qaeda is getting desperate and (b) it may either gives the US more allies or simply prevent the creationof more potential enemy combatants.