Tuesday, November 8, 2005

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Way to go Zarqawi

Marc "Abu Aardvark" Lynch reports that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's latest tactics in Iraq haven't gone down well in the Maghreb states:

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has taken another step to alienate mainstream Arab public opinion: kidnapping and threatening to execute two Moroccan embassy workers. Just as the murder of an Egyptian diplomat infuriated Egyptian opinion, and the murder of Algerian diplomats enraged Algerian opinion, the threats to kill the two Moroccans have set off a national protest....

Zarqawi's strategy aims at driving representatives of Arab states out of Iraq to prevent any Arab intervention on behalf of the struggling Iraqi government. The cost is the alienation of mainstream Arabs - tactical gain for strategic loss, or at least so it appears on the surface.

Read the whole thing -- the idea that Zarqawi is playing a tw-level game is an interesting one.

posted by Dan on 11.08.05 at 04:30 PM


The Algerians have a problem with Zarqawi killing their Muslim diplomats, but as for infidels, it's killing time and they don't have a problem with that at all.

posted by: John Sobieski on 11.08.05 at 04:30 PM [permalink]

I wonder how Jordanians feel about the Z-Man's latest bombing campaign in Amman?

posted by: Colin on 11.08.05 at 04:30 PM [permalink]

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