Skip to comments.Al-Zawahiri criticises Afghan elections
Posted on 09/19/2005 7:32:54 PM PDT by Calpernia
Al-Qaida number two Ayman al-Zawahiri has dismissed the legitimacy of Afghanistan's parliamentary elections in a new tape broadcast by Aljazeera.
In the tape, Al-Zawahiri played down US accomplishments in Afghanistan, saying it had just managed to move Taliban's government from Kabul to the mountains and countryside.
The tape aired by Aljazeera was produced by al-Sahab Productions which usually distributes al-Qaida's videos.
The taped interview of al-Zawahiri had appparently been conducted to commemorate the fourth anniversary of September 11 attacks on Washington and New York.
"What did they do, they drove Taliban's government out of Kabul, but it has been active in the mountains and countryside, where the real power of Afghanistan lies, " al-Zawahiri said.
The Al-Qaida deputy chief dismissed the legitimacy of the just-concluded Afghan parliamentary elections.
"The elections have been conducted under the terror of [Afghanistan's] warlords," al-Zawahiri said.
He added that northern Afghanistan and Kabul had become "an area of chaos, plundering, theft, violations and drug business" under American occupation.
"The elections were a masquerade more than anything else, as various regions of the country are under the control of highwaymen and warlords, and international observers ... cannot cover more than one tenth of the (electoral) districts," al-Zawahiri said.
He added that "the international mercenaries (UN observers) had seen only staged polls in some cities".
Dressed in a black turban once again, but this time in front of a white backdrop, Al Qaeda second in command Dr. Ayman Zawahiri bragged to the world that "The London attack is one of the many such attacks that al Qaeda has the honor of carrying out against the British arrogance, the aggression of the crusader British against the Muslim nation for over a hundred years".
The statement, aired on Al Jazeera this afternoon, was the second such tape from Zawahiri in less than a month.
Al Jazeera claimed that the tape was produced by Sahab Enterprises, the media production arm of Al Qaeda, which has produced many other videos in recent years.
The video included subtitles in English. Al Jazeera claims that they were informed the tape was made to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.
That spot on his forehead is for target practice.
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
Mighty tall words for a feller who strains soup through his beard and a bunch of guys who saute grubs in caves. Yep, they rule the country all right. Square meters of it.
Out of 6,270 voting booths in Afghanistan, the Taliban and Al Qaeda, combined, were only able to shut down 12 this week.
Yet they can make a video claiming that they are the ones in power.
< Rolls Eyes >
I bet the guys at the CIA appreciated that.
"I am not afraid to go and vote. I want to vote. It is how we can fight this terrorism. I want to be able to choose who represents me in our government," said Saifullah Haqmal, an Afghan student from Khost province. "I think it is important for everyone to participate in the vote for national and local parliament. This election will bring a bright future for us."
Do he and Howard Dean share speechwriters?
"The Americans will not enter Iraq!"
He's got a lot of gall criticizing an election.
Democrat talking points?
the difference between them that i can see is this knumbskull seems to have lips.......if you put howeird dean and clift together you couldn't find a lip between them.
I'm sure they have publicity agents with a lot in common.
I think they are twins separated at birth.
Zawahiri was one of the foreign leaders who wanted Kerry to win the election.
Crosslinked to TM.