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Osama: Islamist religious fanatic. Saddam: secular Stalinist dictator. Oil and water, right? Bin Laden would never work with the apostate Saddam, and vice versa, right? Their methods, motivation, beliefs, and language are mutually exclusive, right?

Listen to this bilge read Tuesday night by Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf:

    “jihad is a duty” of Muslims everywhere. Clearly jihad was being used here in the Islamist sense of a bloody holy war against the infidels, not in the moderate Islamic sense of an inner struggle for self-improvement or a search for peace. What tips you off is when Sahhaf added that Americans “are aggressors, evil, accursed by God.”

    At times, Saddam’s spokesman sounded almost like a QVC pitchman. He told Iraqi fighters that the war now underway offers “your chance for immortality” and that, if they acted now, there would be this special bonus: “Those who are martyred will be rewarded in heaven.”

    Sahhaf concluded by saying that “the aggression that the aggressors are carrying out against the stronghold of faith is an aggression on the religion, the wealth, the honor and the soul, and an aggression on the land of Islam.” [Clifford May in NRO]

Now what cave-dwelling, camel-humping, possibly-deceased terrorist does this sound like to you?

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  • http://www.slumdance.com/blogs/brian_flemming/ Brian Flemming

    Wow. You found a connection. Did you inform the CIA?

    It’s a neat trick–increase pressure on Saddam, thereby forcing him to ratchet up his religious rhetoric to gain support in the region, then point out that now he sounds like Osama.

    I suppose, if the U.S. had tried hard enough, they could have actually forced Osama and Saddam to partner up.

    Anyway, your real task, Eric, is to convince Osama that Saddam is sincerely a warrior with a fundamentalist Islam vision. I have a feeling Osama is a long way from believing this.

  • InMarin

    “Those who vote decide nothing, those who COUNT the votes decide everything.” – Rush Limbaugh, November 24, 2000

    “Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.” – Josef Stalin

    “If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.” – George W. Bush, December 18, 2000

  • http://www.slumdance.com/blogs/brian_flemming/ Brian Flemming

    InMarin,

    Interesting. Maybe I’ll put those quotes on a sign and take it to the next pro-war rally.

  • InMarin

    Poll results from the LA Times, reported today online:

    “Nearly eight in 10 Americans now accept the Bush administration’s contention – disputed by some experts – that Hussein has ‘close ties’ to Al Qaida (even 70% of Democrats agree). And 60% of Americans say they believe Hussein bears at least some responsibility for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – a charge even the administration hasn’t levied against him.”

  • InMarin
  • sean

    saddam allowed osama supporting groups to operate in iraq, he supported terrorism against isreal, and HIS BIG HERO is none other than Josef Stalin!! i’ve never heard that qoute bush made about dictatorship, but if he did in fact make it i’m sure it was a joke. but, taking things out of context has always been a tool for those who have no point.