October 29, 2004


American rebel vs American al-Qaeda (Pepe Escobar, 10/29/04, Asia Times)

"Let me be the voice, and your strength, and your choice
Let me simplify the rhyme, just to amplify the noise
Try to amplify the times, and multiply it by six-
Teen million people are equal of this high pitch
Maybe we can reach Al-Qaeda through my speech ...
Let the President answer on high anarchy
Strap him with an AK-47, let him go
Fight his own war, let him impress daddy that way
No more blood for oil, we got our battles to fight on our own soil."
Eminem, "Mosh"

"Allah willing, the streets of America will run red with blood, matching drop for drop the blood of America's victims."
- Azzam al-Amriki (Azzam the American), on the new purported al-Qaeda video [...]

Compare Eminem's get-out-the-vote message with the man with his face covered by a keffiah and sunglasses saying, in English, "The streets will run with blood." The man, Azzam al-Amriki (Azzam the American), is the alleged new face of al-Qaeda, revealed on a tape delivered to the ABC News office in Islamabad last Sunday by a courier who got paid US$500. The courier said he collected the tape in Peshawar the day before, and assured that the video was filmed in the Pakistani tribal areas.

The 75-minute digital tape comes with the As-Sahab logo - al-Qaeda's video-production company. The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are assuming the man in the tape is white, college-educated, and maybe not born in the US but raised there. He speaks with a slight accent. He could be one of hundreds of jihadis holding US or European Union passports operating along the Afghan-Pakistani border.

Some US intelligence sources believe he could be Adam Yahiye Gadahn, born Adam Pearlman in Orange County, California, whom the FBI has pinned as an al-Qaeda translator. His nom de guerre is Abu Suhayb al-Amriki. The al-Amriki in the tape quotes the Holy Koran in Arabic, also speaking with an accent. The rhetoric is classic al-Qaeda.

After what is supposed to have been extensive examination by both the CIA and the FBI, ABC News finally decided to broadcast parts of the tape on Thursday. Both the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and al-Jazeera say the tape is the genuine article in terms of jihadi media, with good production values such as Arabic subtitles and a scrolling message across the bottom of the screen a la CNN and Fox.

ABC News officially was not sure if this was a very well-crafted hoax or a big story. By airing the tape, it has shown it believes it is a big story. But the most troubling thing was that someone in the US Department of Homeland Security was heavily leaking to gossip website Drudge Report to pressure ABC to run the tape.

One of the very best scenes in Denys Arcand's great film The Barbarian Invasions comes when the socialist professor recalls the humiliation of trying to hit on a Chinese woman by praising the Cultural Revolution, to her horror. One doubts that folks like Eminem on the anti-American Left even comprehend how appalling is the convergence of their message with that of the Islamicists.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 29, 2004 10:47 AM

The Barbarian Invasions is mandatory viewing for every Yankee who wants to see his country be more like Canada. And the movie [in FRENCH, with English subtitles] was made in Canada.

Who says there isn't intelligent life in Canada!

Posted by: John J. Coupal at October 29, 2004 11:16 AM

Not me.

Posted by: Peter B at October 29, 2004 11:31 AM