Roger L. Simon

More "Zarqawi Wowee"

Sounds like something I used to smoke in the Seventies, but it’s another tape from the possibly jailed/possibly not religious psycho killer. The question is – is it real or is it Memorex?

Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has declared a “bitter war” on Iraq’s parliamentary elections in an audio tape posted on the Internet.

The tape urged Sunni Muslims to fight against the vote next Sunday, which the speaker said was a plot against them by Washington and its “infidel” Shi’ite Muslim allies.

“We have declared a bitter war against the principle of democracy and all those who seek to enact it,” the speaker, who was identified as Zarqawi, said.

“Candidates in elections are seeking to become demi-gods while those who vote for them are infidels. And with God as my witness, I have informed them (of our intentions).”

Demi-gods, eh? Well, he’s got a point there. [Was he talking about Tom Delay or Nancy Pelosi?–ed. You decide.] But whether he is real or Memorex this version of Zarqawi sounds shrill and frightened, like a man whose side is losing. On second thought, maybe Zarqawi’s just like any pol in the waning days of a campaign, throwing “Hail, Mary!” passes, the Islamic version anyway. Last week he called top Shi’ite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani a “satan”. Or maybe he’s just auditioning for a part in the next South Park movie.

UPDATE: Austin Bay takes this all a bit more seriously — as he should.

MORE: Andrew Stuttaford with an enlightening compare-and-contrast.