From Tom Friedman

Jihadists admit they are killing for the the camera and for the Democrats. A new twist for the "Party of Death". From behind the Times Select wall:

But while there may be no single hand coordinating the upsurge in violence in Iraq, enough people seem to be deliberately stoking the fires there before our election that the parallel with Tet is not inappropriate. The jihadists want to sow so much havoc that Bush supporters will be defeated in the midterms and the president will face a revolt from his own party, as well as from Democrats, if he does not begin a pullout from Iraq.

The jihadists follow our politics much more closely than people realize. A friend at the Pentagon just sent me a post by the 'Global Islamic Media Front' carried by the jihadist Web site Ana al—Muslim on Aug. 11. It begins: 'The people of jihad need to carry out a media war that is parallel to the military war and exert all possible efforts to wage it successfully. This is because we can observe the effect that the media have on nations to make them either support or reject an issue.'

It then explains that for jihadist videos of attacks on Americans to have the biggest impact, 'Some persons will be needed who are proficient in the use of computer graphics including Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, or other programs that the people of jihad will need to design ... video clips about the operations.'

Finally, the Web site suggests that jihadists flood e—mail and video of their operations to 'chat rooms,' 'television channels,' and to 'famous U.S. authors who have public e—mail addresses ... such as Friedman, Chomsky, Fukuyama, Huntington and others.' This is the first time I've ever been on the same mailing list with Noam Chomsky.

It would be depressing to see the jihadists influence our politics with a Tet—like media/war frenzy.

Ed Lasky   10 18 06

Jihadists admit they are killing for the the camera and for the Democrats. A new twist for the "Party of Death". From behind the Times Select wall:

But while there may be no single hand coordinating the upsurge in violence in Iraq, enough people seem to be deliberately stoking the fires there before our election that the parallel with Tet is not inappropriate. The jihadists want to sow so much havoc that Bush supporters will be defeated in the midterms and the president will face a revolt from his own party, as well as from Democrats, if he does not begin a pullout from Iraq.

The jihadists follow our politics much more closely than people realize. A friend at the Pentagon just sent me a post by the 'Global Islamic Media Front' carried by the jihadist Web site Ana al—Muslim on Aug. 11. It begins: 'The people of jihad need to carry out a media war that is parallel to the military war and exert all possible efforts to wage it successfully. This is because we can observe the effect that the media have on nations to make them either support or reject an issue.'

It then explains that for jihadist videos of attacks on Americans to have the biggest impact, 'Some persons will be needed who are proficient in the use of computer graphics including Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, or other programs that the people of jihad will need to design ... video clips about the operations.'

Finally, the Web site suggests that jihadists flood e—mail and video of their operations to 'chat rooms,' 'television channels,' and to 'famous U.S. authors who have public e—mail addresses ... such as Friedman, Chomsky, Fukuyama, Huntington and others.' This is the first time I've ever been on the same mailing list with Noam Chomsky.

It would be depressing to see the jihadists influence our politics with a Tet—like media/war frenzy.

Ed Lasky   10 18 06