View Full Version : Omar vs. Obama

12-02-2009, 01:17 PM
Well it seems there was more than one speech happening yesterday. The friggin terrorists (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/omar-vs-obama/article1383058/) are very aware of the yellow streak in the 0!

President Barack Obama's crucial speech today, in which he will lay out a strategy for how the United States will defeat the Taliban, will have to satisfy many different audiences around the world. It will need to be finely balanced to appease U.S. and European audiences that want a time frame for a pullout of troops from Afghanistan and Afghans who want a sustained U.S. commitment to rebuild the country.

The speech – the most important of Mr. Obama's presidency – will also be avidly listened to by the Taliban and al-Qaeda so they can figure out how to counter the future U.S. military strategy.

However, Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban leader, has already issued a long message to the world, pre-empting Mr. Obama's speech and pouring detailed scorn on many of the points that the President is likely to make. He called upon his fighters to continue the jihad and drive out foreign forces from Afghanistan, as “the arrogant enemy is facing both defeat and disgrace.”

Mullah Omar's 10-page message, delivered by e-mail to journalists in English and two Afghan languages on the eve of Eid, the major religious festival in the Muslim calendar that celebrates the end of the hajj, is an unprecedented propaganda blitz.

His cleverly worded text mixes Koranic injunctions to continue the jihad and appeals to Afghan patriotism and nationalism, which had helped previous Afghan generations defeat the British Empire and the Soviet Union.

Mullah Omar has previously denied that the Taliban are allied to al-Qaeda, although it is apparent that the Taliban's new media strategy has emanated from al-Qaeda tutoring.

He urged Afghans to “break off all relations with the stooge Kabul administration,” just as Mr. Obama is likely to urge Afghans to unite behind a U.S.-Afghan government strategy, even though President Hamid Karzai was re-elected after a deeply flawed election that undermined his credibility.

Mr. Obama is also likely to endorse negotiations with “moderate” Taliban in order to divide the movement and win over those not committed to al-Qaeda. Secret talks brokered by Saudi Arabia between the Taliban and Mr. Karzai's officials have now stalled.

Mullah Omar's reply is blunt. “Those who have occupied our country and taken our people as hostage want to use the stratagem of negotiation like they used the drama of elections … in order to achieve their colonialist objectives. The invaders do not want negotiations aimed at granting independence to Afghanistan but … to prolong their evil process of colonization and occupation,” he said.

Mr. Obama's expected call for a rapid “Afghanization” of the war by speeding up training of the Afghan army and police was also countered by Mullah Omar. “The enemy wants you [Afghans] to lay his gun over your shoulder and kill your countrymen, but you should try … to part ways with the evil.”