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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Things Are Tough All Over

posted by on April 22 at 14:23 PM

It seems that Al-Qaeda is also having trouble meetings its recruitment goals—how else to interpret the latest video communique from Ayman al-Zawahiri?

Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri criticised Muslims for failing to support Islamist insurgencies in Iraq and elsewhere in a new audiotape posted Tuesday on the Internet…. “I call upon the Muslim nation to fear Allah’s question (at judgement day) about its failure to support its brothers of the Mujahedeen (holy Warriors), and (urge it) not to withhold men and money, which is the mainstay of a war,” he said.

He also used the two-and-a-half hour message to urge Muslims to join militant groups…. “I urge all Muslims to hurry to the battlefields of Jihad (holy war), especially in Iraq,” Zawahiri said in the message, the second in a two-part series to answer about 100 questions put to him via online militant forums.

Perhaps Al-Qaeda should look to what the US Army and Marine Corps are doing to meet their recruitment goals…

Strained by the demands of a long war, the Army and the Marine Corps recruited significantly more felons into their ranks in 2007 than in 2006, including people convicted of armed robbery, arson and burglary, according to data released Monday by a House committee….

The 2006 and 2007 Pentagon data released Monday show for the first time the number of dispensations issued for specific felonies. The number of Army waivers for aggravated assaults with a dangerous weapon rose to 43 from 33. Waivers for burglaries increased to 106 from 36. Waivers for possession of narcotics, excluding marijuana, rose to 130 from 71 and for larceny to 56 from 26.

In the Marine Corps, waivers for burglary convictions rose to 142 from 90, while those for aggravated assault increased to 44 from 35.

The Army also listed a handful of felony waivers granted for kidnapping, making terroristic threats, rape or sexual abuse, and indecent acts or liberties with a child.

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I wonder how big a problem trolls and crapflooders are in the online militant forums. Like that dick who constantly follows every al-Zawahiri post with a reminder of that one time he said maybe not all infidels should have their heads cut off. Or that jerkoff who replies to every thread with something non-sexist, non-homophobic and not religiously bigoted just so he can get everyone to flame him.

Posted by elenchos | April 22, 2008 2:41 PM

@1 - Ecce al-Homo is my fave

Posted by Mahtli69 | April 22, 2008 3:50 PM

President McCain thanks you Dan, well not so much for the dig at the US military, but the spin that Al-Qaeda is having trouble, rather than the war being their best recruitment tool, is certainly welcome.

Posted by Epimetheus | April 22, 2008 3:57 PM

Sounds like everyone is getting sick of war, except those who want to wage it but don't want to be in the middle of the fight itself. But, Al-Q wouldn't even really be recruiting Iraq if we weren't there, so...

Posted by PJ | April 22, 2008 4:13 PM

Sorry, is this saying that felons were sprung from jail to serve in the military, or does it mean that the military is willing to overlook criminal records when recruiting?

Posted by saxfanatic | April 22, 2008 4:34 PM

"Two-and-a-half-hour message" and "online militant forums" are the parts that jumped out at me. God, talk about a circle-jerk. I have no idea what that forum must be like.

Posted by Greg | April 22, 2008 5:21 PM

If the bad guys are losing, can our guys come home yet?

Posted by iflurry | April 22, 2008 8:50 PM

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