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Purported Al-Zarqawi Tape Declares War on Democracy
FoxNews ^ | Jan 23, 2005 | AP

Posted on 01/23/2005 3:40:23 AM PST by RobFromGa

Purported Al-Zarqawi Tape Declares War on Democracy

Sunday, January 23, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq — A speaker purporting to be Iraq's most feared terror leader declared a "fierce war" on democracy and said in an audiotape posted Sunday on the Web that the Americans were using next weekend's Iraqi elections to install the Shiites in power.

"We have declared a fierce war on this evil principle of democracy and those who follow this wrong ideology," said the speaker, who identified himself as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (search), head of the Al Qaeda (search) affiliate in Iraq. "Anyone who tries to help set up this system is part of it."

The speaker said candidates running in the Jan. 30 elections are "demi-idols" and those who vote for them "are infidels." U.S. and Iraqi officials fear insurgent attacks and have announced massive security measures to protect voters.

"You have to be careful of the enemy's plan to implement so-called democracy in your country," he added. He said the Americans have engineered the election "to make Shiites dominate the regime in Iraq. Four million Shiites were brought from Iran to take part in the elections to achieve their aim of winning" most of the positions.

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The authenticity of the tape could not be determined but the voice appeared to be that of al-Zarqawi. It was the second voice tape posted on Islamic Web sites this week purporting to be al-Zarqawi, responsible for numerous car-bombings and beheadings foreign and Iraqi hostages over the past months.

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1 posted on 01/23/2005 3:40:24 AM PST by RobFromGa
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To: RobFromGa
What a coincidence. Sen. Barbara Boxer just said the same thing.


2 posted on 01/23/2005 3:42:27 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: RobFromGa

Al-Zarqawi is issuing statements from his holding cell?


3 posted on 01/23/2005 3:43:53 AM PST by Nachoman
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To: SkyPilot
From Reuters...

Zarqawi declares war on election


Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:47 AM ET

By Matt Spetalnick

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has declared "bitter war" on Iraq's landmark elections in a warning intended to scare away voters a week before they go to the polls amid a raging insurgency.

The shadowy Jordanian militant, who tops America's wanted list in Iraq, berated the country's Shi'ite majority as "infidels" for embracing the election and urged Saddam Hussein's once-dominant Sunni minority to wage a holy fight against it.

"We have declared a bitter war against the principle of democracy and all those who seek to enact it," a speaker identified as Zarqawi said in an audio tape on the Internet on Sunday.

"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)," he said.

Zarqawi's network has targeted politicians and beheaded foreign hostages. Despite a $25 million (13.4 million pounds) U.S. bounty on his head he has eluded a U.S.-led manhunt and continues to thumb his nose at American troops.

His group's almost daily attacks -- including most of the deadliest in the countdown to the ballot -- have raised fears of a bloodbath during next Sunday's election, Iraq's first since the 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam.

Sunni guerrillas have stepped up their campaign of intimidation in the final days before the election, which is expected to cement the newfound power of Iraq's 60 percent Shi'ite majority, long oppressed under Saddam.

Many Sunni leaders have called for an election boycott, saying raging violence in the Sunni heartland will prevent voting and skew the outcome in favour of the Shi'ites. A low Sunni turnout could undermine the election's credibility.

Officials of Iraq's U.S.-backed interim government say insurgents are trying to provoke sectarian civil war. The guerrillas have killed hundreds of politicians and security men they brand as traitors and collaborators.

ACCUSATION OF U.S.-SHI'ITE PLOT

Zarqawi, who heads the Al Qaeda Organisation for Holy War in Iraq, accused Shi'ites of engaging in a plot with Washington to seize absolute power.

"Oh people of Iraq, where is your honour? Have you accepted oppression of the crusader harlots ... and the rejectionist pigs?" he said on the audio tape.

Zarqawi vowed in an audiotape released on Thursday that militants were ready to fight for "months and years" to drive out foreign occupiers.

A recent recording said to be from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden backed Zarqawi as the network's leader in Iraq.

The latest tape included a tirade against democracy, which the speaker described as fundamentally un-Islamic and a "lie" the United States was using to brainwash Muslims.

A little-known Islamist group that claimed responsibility for kidnapping eight Chinese labourers earlier this month said on Saturday it had released them.

But the Chinese embassy said on Sunday it was still trying to track them down. A video from insurgents showed a man with his face covered by a traditional chequered headdress shaking hands with each of the Chinese before they walked off camera.

The Chinese embassy in Baghdad confirmed it had been informed of the release but had not been able to locate the men.

Guerrillas have kidnapped more than 100 foreigners over the past year and killed around a third of them.

Mounting a massive security effort, Iraq has said it will seal its borders and impose strict bans on traffic on election day to prevent suicide bombings at polling stations.

Baghdad airport will be closed on January 29 and 30 and night-time curfews will be extended in several cities.

Iraq's fledgling security services will have primary responsibility for safeguarding voting sites, but U.S.-led forces will be ready to deploy rapid-reaction teams

4 posted on 01/23/2005 3:44:04 AM PST by RobFromGa (Bush Needs to Stay Aggressive in Term 2)
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To: RobFromGa

Oh yeah.... He's a DU Dummy loser. He can't win a free election - and what's this talk about importing Shi'ites from Iran? 60% of Iraq's population is Shi'ite. Like DUH. Nice to know al Zarqawi's against democracy and freedom because Bush is for it. IT'S ALL PRESIDENT BUSH'S FAULT!


5 posted on 01/23/2005 3:45:10 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: RobFromGa

Perhaps the US should tell him he is right and name Bush Mullah of the United States of the World.


6 posted on 01/23/2005 3:45:15 AM PST by Reform4Bush
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To: RobFromGa
"Islam is a Theocratic form of government which cannot coexist with Democracy."

And yet I had many of my fellow freepers here flame me and tell me that Islam is just a religion.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

7 posted on 01/23/2005 3:45:45 AM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: SkyPilot

She'd look good in a burka, with some Taliban thug whipping her for peeking out from behind her veil.


8 posted on 01/23/2005 3:45:55 AM PST by samtheman
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To: expatguy

Yeah really. Even the Iranians hold sham elections for a Parliament and President. I have yet to hear Supreme Fayigh Khamenei declare it the work of the Great Satan.


9 posted on 01/23/2005 3:48:14 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Nachoman

There was a thread last night saying there were reports that he had been captured.


10 posted on 01/23/2005 3:50:07 AM PST by Twinkie (No One Reads Taglines!)
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To: goldstategop
Don't forget that Saddam held an election as well.

Didn't he get like 100% of the vote?

11 posted on 01/23/2005 3:50:57 AM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: expatguy

Yep. Al Zarqawi had no problem with THAT definition of "democracy." Of course everything was swell, wasn't it, as long as the Sunnis held a monopoly on power. All of a sudden, the moment they lost it for good, democracy's illegitimate. No one in Iraq is fooled for a moment by his pious claim its unIslamic. What's really unIslamic is that al Zarqawi can't persuade a majority of Iraqs by peaceful means to agree with him. 'Nuff said.


12 posted on 01/23/2005 3:54:43 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: RobFromGa
Kind of puts a wrench in the whole "They only hate America because of its policies, not its freedoms" argument.
13 posted on 01/23/2005 3:58:26 AM PST by AHerald ("Be what you is, cuz if you be what you ain't, then you ain't what you is.")
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To: All

In case anyone thinks this is old news, THIS IS A NEW SECOND al-ZARQAWI TAPE RELEASED TODAY...

"in an audiotape posted Sunday"...

"It was the second voice tape posted on Islamic Web sites this week purporting to be al-Zarqawi, responsible for numerous car-bombings and beheadings foreign and Iraqi hostages over the past months."

RobFromGa


14 posted on 01/23/2005 3:58:42 AM PST by RobFromGa (Bush Needs to Stay Aggressive in Term 2)
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To: RobFromGa
"Anyone who tries to help set up this system is part of it."

That's why its called "democracy", butt-head.
15 posted on 01/23/2005 4:00:38 AM PST by Beckwith (John Kerry has now met with the enemy during war two times, in 1970 and again in 2005.)
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To: Twinkie

Those appear regularly every few days.


16 posted on 01/23/2005 4:02:00 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: goldstategop

Good. Now I hope people read this and accept the fact that there is no such thing as a Islamic democracy


17 posted on 01/23/2005 4:03:09 AM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: Beckwith

They have to execute a lot of people to stop it. They're perfectly capable of genocide but they won't get the chance. Thank God President Bush is around four more years.


18 posted on 01/23/2005 4:04:01 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: expatguy

One Time One Vote One Man. They stopped an Islamist takeover in Algeria. You know as well as I do these people don't want freedom. At least al Zarqawi's being honest in making it clear he's not waging a terrorist campaign to get a voice in Iraq's government.


19 posted on 01/23/2005 4:06:06 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: RobFromGa
"We have declared a fierce war on this evil principle of democracy and those who follow this wrong ideology,"

Is it a war on Islam yet?

20 posted on 01/23/2005 4:07:27 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: expatguy
And yet I had many of my fellow freepers here flame me and tell me that Islam is just a religion.

I think you are both wrong.

Islam is a mental illness.

21 posted on 01/23/2005 4:08:41 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: Lazamataz

Islamists would be right at home on DU.


22 posted on 01/23/2005 4:14:04 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: samtheman

>> "She'd look good in a burka" <<

LOL. So true, and a new classic line like "he has a face for radio".


23 posted on 01/23/2005 4:16:14 AM PST by sd-joe
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To: goldstategop
Islamists would be right at home on DU.

They already are.

24 posted on 01/23/2005 4:16:29 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: goldstategop

It's a little like the communists here saying if you wore blue (jeans) on Inauguration Day it meant you were opposed to Boooosh.

I know... let's have a protest. Tonight, everybody who thinks democracy is evil and communism rocks drive with your headlights on! Whoa!


25 posted on 01/23/2005 4:16:49 AM PST by ichabod1 (The Spirit of the Lord Hath Left This Place)
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To: ichabod1

Islam has taken every single evil idea and wrapped it into a 'religion'.


26 posted on 01/23/2005 4:17:46 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: SkyPilot

I think democracy sucks. Why should we have a system that allows bafoons such as Clinton, or his grind Hillary, or Sen. Boxer, or Kerry or Kennedy or Schröder or Fischer run for office? Maybe old Zarq has a point.


27 posted on 01/23/2005 4:26:43 AM PST by seppel
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To: Chemist_Geek

Time to understand: We are at war with ISLAM, the religion.


28 posted on 01/23/2005 4:30:21 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: expatguy

Zarqawi is the voice of all Islam is that it? Prove it. You got the "flaming" you deserve.


29 posted on 01/23/2005 4:31:49 AM PST by txrangerette
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To: Lazamataz

It has been all along.


30 posted on 01/23/2005 4:35:25 AM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: txrangerette
Zarqawi is the voice of all Islam is that it? Prove it. You got the "flaming" you deserve.

There is no "voice" for all Islam, but neither is there a voice for all Communism or Nazism.

We never went around walking on eggshells trying to figure our the good nazis and communists from the bad ones did we?

It is the ideology that is incompatible with democracy.

31 posted on 01/23/2005 4:40:59 AM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: expatguy; Lazmataz

Prove that Zarqawi speaks for all of Islam. Prove it or lose it. ... ......................................................................................................
Going, going...............GONE!!!


32 posted on 01/23/2005 4:42:41 AM PST by txrangerette
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To: All

My goodness! Zarqawi's a regular chatty Cathy these days!


33 posted on 01/23/2005 4:43:27 AM PST by Tilly (I'm not paid to be stressed!!!)
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To: txrangerette

You are failing horribly to make your point, whatever that might be.


34 posted on 01/23/2005 4:45:57 AM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: Lazamataz

It's a cult.
So, yes, you're right.


35 posted on 01/23/2005 4:54:43 AM PST by visualops (When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Use Duct Tape.)
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To: expatguy
It is the ideology that is incompatible with democracy.

For starters.
What is it compatible with?

I can't think of anything good.
36 posted on 01/23/2005 4:56:51 AM PST by visualops (When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Use Duct Tape.)
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To: goldstategop
"Candidates in elections are seeking to become demi-gods...."

This line did put me in mind of our own Senate.

37 posted on 01/23/2005 5:14:14 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: txrangerette
Prove that Zarqawi speaks for all of Islam.

He does. Other Imams, many who have respected status, have sad the same thing.

Islam is simply incompatible with freedom and democracy, and the sooner you get that in your infidel head, the greater chance you'll have of not being beheaded by those savages.

38 posted on 01/23/2005 5:16:36 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: txrangerette

"Prove that Zarqawi speaks for all of Islam. Prove it or lose it."

Not for all - that's a silly standard.

His views - the Jihadist view - do represent one of the main streams of thought in Islam, however - and one that historically has held much sway. It's the view that has the most in common with the way Muhammad lived his life.


39 posted on 01/23/2005 5:42:35 AM PST by adam_az (UN out of the US! - http://www.moveamericaforward.org/?Page=Petition)
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To: Lazamataz
Time to understand: We are at war with ISLAM, the religion.

Let the Crusade begin!!!

40 posted on 01/23/2005 6:53:18 AM PST by night reader
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To: txrangerette
Zarqawi is the voice of all Islam is that it? Prove it. You got the "flaming" you deserve.

IF there are any good Muslims, Let THEM identify, fight, and destroy the bad ones. Otherwise I lump them into one great band of evil.

41 posted on 01/23/2005 6:56:48 AM PST by night reader
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To: night reader
Let the Crusade begin!!!

I'm ready.

42 posted on 01/23/2005 7:01:00 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: RobFromGa

"fierce war" on democracy

This has been tried before. And with a notable LACK of success I might add.


43 posted on 01/23/2005 7:12:56 AM PST by Valin (Sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the windshield)
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To: Lazamataz

Is it a war on Islam yet?


Me and George Bush say no.
OBL and Al-Zarqawi say yes.

Which side do you want to be on?


44 posted on 01/23/2005 7:14:51 AM PST by Valin (Sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the windshield)
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To: Valin

If someone declares war on you, and you don't respond, you run the risk of looking like Chamberlain.


45 posted on 01/23/2005 7:24:55 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: RobFromGa

Thank you, Abu. We have a hard time convincing some people as to why it's necessary to be in Iraq. You just helped us immeasurably. Keep talking.


46 posted on 01/23/2005 7:47:13 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Valin; txrangerette

You're wasting your time with these idiots. Nothing short of genocide will satisfy the "One Billion Muslims Have a Homogeneous Culture and Identical Opinions" crowd on here.


47 posted on 01/23/2005 11:56:18 AM PST by SedVictaCatoni (<><)
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To: SedVictaCatoni

Well everybody should have a hobby. :-)


48 posted on 01/23/2005 7:35:01 PM PST by Valin (Sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the windshield)
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To: Lazamataz

You need to understand: We are at war with terrorists, not a religion. Trying to make it into a war against Islam will only strengthen our foes.


49 posted on 01/25/2005 6:33:32 AM PST by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: Chemist_Geek
You need to understand: We are at war with terrorists, not a religion. Trying to make it into a war against Islam will only strengthen our foes.

Terrorism is a tactic.

In World War II, were we at war with the tactic of the Blitzkreig, or the people of Germany?

In the Pacific, in World War II, were we at war with the tactic of Kamakaze, or the people of Japan?

This is a low-grade World War III. We are not at war with the tactic of terrorism, but with the people of radical Islam.

50 posted on 01/25/2005 6:37:55 AM PST by Lazamataz (I still choose to hyperventilate.)
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