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Posted by Evan Derkacz at 6:57 AM on October 14, 2005.
That's totally not my handwriting (Reuters photo)
Al Qaeda is not in the business of being demure. When they kill, they claim it. When they have a goal, they state it. I'm not saying they're standup folks, just that their goal is to telegraph power, not hide it.
So when Al Qaeda denies the legitimacy of a letter urging leaders in Iraq to prepare for an Islamic government upon US withdrawal -- a PR gift to an administration facing soaring opposition to the war at home -- you gotta wonder.
And so does Marc: "[it] brings up all kinds of questions about exactly who floated this "terrorist letter" and why. (Maybe the same people who forged the Niger documents...?)"
But the greater point here is choosing between the word of al Qaeda or your government. This should not be a difficult choice. But it is. (Sui Generis)
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Evan Derkacz is a New York-based writer and contributor to AlterNet.