September 27, 2005


Purported al Qaeda Newscast Debuts on Internet (Daniel Williams, September 27, 2005, Washington Post)

An Internet video newscast called the Voice of the Caliphate was broadcast for the first time on Monday, purporting to be a production of al Qaeda and featuring an anchorman who wore a black ski mask and an ammunition belt.

He gave the game away when he closed with the admonition: تشجع, إستجمع شجاعته

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 27, 2005 12:11 PM

What's the frequency, Mamhoud?

Posted by: Mike Morley at September 27, 2005 1:30 PM

That's Arabic for COURAGE!

Posted by: obc at September 27, 2005 4:17 PM

Or was he saying "fake, but accurate"?

Posted by: ratbert at September 27, 2005 4:19 PM

Reminds me of Bret holding the hand grenade.

Posted by: Luciferous at September 27, 2005 5:05 PM

Since we're into short and meaningless soundbites on this blog, did he mention as to whether or not he was one of the many trained in terrorist tactics with your tax dollars or not? Or, perhaps he was one of the Taliban who Reagan referred to as, and I quote, "The moral equivalents of the founding fathers." (FLUSH!: Memory hole here I come!)KB

Posted by: KB at September 27, 2005 5:54 PM

They were the moral equivalent as they freed their nation from Soviet domination and brought down the USSR in the process--perhaps moral superior since they aren't a slave-holding society.

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2005 6:18 PM

I thought "courage", like "democracy" was one of those words/concepts that was missing from Arabic.

And considering kb's recent record in trafficing in false quotes, one should consider waiting for him to provide a real, reputable citation, before bothering to listen to him.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 27, 2005 7:04 PM


Why? What was wrong with fighting the Soviets?

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2005 7:09 PM

I do believe kb omitted his middle initial - g.

Posted by: obc at September 27, 2005 8:56 PM

KB probably agrees with The Nation's David Corn, who proudly proclaims he was a supporter of military intervention in Afghanistan -- Soviet military intervention, that is.

Posted by: Mike Morley at September 27, 2005 10:18 PM

Mr. Judd;

The Taliban were slave holding, they just didn't call it that. But that's certainly how they treated the Afghanis.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at September 27, 2005 11:16 PM

Don't be so fast to cave in, guys. KB is, again, either lying or ignorant. The Taliban did not exist when Reagan was president and, in particular, are not the same thing as, nor part of, the mujahideen, who, as President Reagan noted, were fighting for the independence of their homeland, just like our Founding Fathers.

The Taliban (the name translates more or less as "the schoolboys") were living in refugee camps in Pakistan during the war against the Soviets and were educated in Pakistani madrasses, explaining the name. The founding myth of the Taliban is that Mullah Omar returned to Afghanistan after the Soviets were expelled and, during most of the warlord period, was teaching is his village. Eventually, a girl in the village was raped by a warlord's men, and Omar rallied the youth in the village to expel the warlord. He then marched across the country rallying the talibani as he went and ultimately marched into Kabul and took power. In fact, the Taliban reached accomodations with most of the warlords and left them in control of the countryside, but did unite the country after about a decade of civil war.

Posted by: David Cohen at September 27, 2005 11:18 PM

Oh, I should have mentioned that they did a lot of this with help from the ISI.

Posted by: David Cohen at September 27, 2005 11:37 PM


So we tell ourselves because we fought them.

Posted by: oj at September 28, 2005 7:10 AM

Remember those parodies of international newscasts in the movie Airplane?

Posted by: RC at September 28, 2005 7:30 AM

I thought it was the Contras that President Reagan compared to the Founding Fathers. I can't tell from Google, all the sites seem to be lefty stuff and they quote him on both comparisons.

(query whether the quote was ever made)

If he didn't say it as to either group, too bad, its a nice quote. Killing Soviets or Latin commies were both good things.

Posted by: Bob at September 28, 2005 2:16 PM