A State of Mind
The AP says Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been outlawed by al-Qaeda.
Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden called on Pakistanis to rebel against President Pervez Musharraf in a new recording released on Thursday, saying his military's siege of a militant mosque stronghold makes him an infidel.
Al-Qaeda certainly isn't shy about declaring wars, issuing sentences of death on dissident literary figures, crashing wide-body aircraft into buildings, threatening universal death to all who defy them. That's of course when they aren't busy blowing up school buildings or operating their patented slaughterhouses. Why just recently Ayman al-Zawahiri suggested anyone who turned a deaf ear to his calls for Jihad should have his eyes gouged out. Shy they ain't. What a contrast to a Western leadership that can hardly name its enemy, is stumbling all over itself to apologize to any offense it may have given, both real and imagined, to those who have sworn to kill it, and who will tomorrow host Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York City, an experience which almost included a trip to Ground Zero. He does get to speak at Columbia University though.
The psychological contrast between the two sides, one immensely powerful but infirm of will, the other supremely weak but confident is evident in this NYT article describing all the Lebanese government must do to remain in power. Stay alive.
Lawmakers from the anti-Syrian governing party, the March 14 Movement, took refuge on Thursday in a landmark hotel near the Parliament building in downtown Beirut because they fear assassination plots aimed at eliminating their razor-thin majority in the House.
The move reflects just how terrified the legislators are after one of their colleagues, Antoine Ghanem, and six others were killed in a powerful car bombing near Beirut on Wednesday. Mr. Ghanem was the fourth member of Parliament and the eighth anti-Syrian figure assassinated since a huge blast killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, setting off a cycle of political crises.
“The problem is now the security of the M.P.s,” said Fares Souaid, a former lawmaker and leader in the March 14 Movement. “Our M.P.s are now locked inside the Phoenicia Hotel under the responsibility of the government and the Internal Security Forces. They will move under their supervision.”
There's a reason it's called "terrorism".