Who writes his copy? Dracula? Here is Lurch preaching to the choir. That notwithstanding, further proof Iraq is indeed a central front on the war on Islamism/Islamofascism/global jihad/the death cult.
Bin Laden Calls On All Jihad Groups to Unite Under One Banner and to "Keep the Soldiers of Heresy Drinking From the Cup of Bitter Death"; Advises Them to Avoid Blind Obedience to Individuals, Organizations, and Heroes MEMRI
On October 23, 2007, the Islamic website Al-Hesbah, hosted by NOC4Hosts Inc. in Tampa, Florida, posted a 34-minute video featuring a new address by Osama bin Laden titled "To Our People in Iraq." In the video, produced by Al-Qaeda's media company Al-Sahab, bin Laden praises the jihad fighters in Iraq for their steadfast struggle against the "Crusader" occupation, which, he says, has brought honor to the Islamic nation. He adds that the jihad fighters will redraw the map of the region, and that the great Islamic state will be established. Addressing the Muslim scholars, jihad commanders, and tribal sheikhs, he urges them to unite their ranks, and to resolve all differences based on Islamic shari'a. Those who err or sow division among the Muslims, he adds, should be tried according to Islamic law. Lastly, bin Laden criticizes the phenomenon of jihad fighters who blindly follow the orders of their organizations and commanders, forgetting that infallibility is a virtue that only Allah and the Prophet possess.
"The Map of the Region Will Be Redrawn by the Jihad Fighters"
"Oh people of Iraq, you have girded your loins and leapt into the thick of this terrible battle, without fear of its [horrendous] weapons. You have withstood the fighting and have braved the blows of the sword, as did your righteous and free forefathers, who preferred death over heresy, humiliation, and shame... You stood firm in the war against Bush and his rabble... The entire world looked on in awe, overjoyed and impressed to see the oppressive U.S. and its armies shattered by your blows, its battalions crushed by your attacks, and its regiments destroyed by your companies. The thing that astonished people most was to see your heroes carrying our martyrdom operations... and sacrificing themselves... – young men who have not seen their twentieth year, yet whose swords are sharp and whose spears are strong... The jihad fighters have crushed the skulls of the polytheists and shattered their illusions. The jihad fighters are the ones who receive from Allah the greatest reward... They have lifted up the head of the nation and restored its honor...
"Oh jihad fighters... the entire world is following your glorious victories. It knows that history has entered a new era of great changes, that the map of the region will be redrawn by the jihad fighters, and that the artificial borders laid down by the Crusaders will be obliterated. [Then] the state of truth and justice will be born – the great state of Islam that will stretch from ocean to ocean.
"The infidels are coordinating their efforts on all levels – international, regional and local – in order to prevent the establishment of the Islamic state... We witnessed this with our own eyes when the enemy prevented the establishment of an Islamic state after the defeat of the Russians in Afghanistan.
"The Muslims Expect All [Jihad Fighters] to Unite Under One Banner"
"Any Issue or Dispute Must Be Brought Before Allah and His Messenger"
"There is a question on which I would like my brothers' advice, specifically, the mistakes that are occurring among brothers. Allah said: 'Lo! The noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct [Koran 49:13],' and the Prophet said, 'The most honored people are those who fear Allah'... This is our standard: our faith in [the ability] of people to perform [the duty of] da'wa and jihad corresponds to the measure of their piety, and not to their family ties, lineage, or organizational affiliation..
"Jihad fighters are the sons of the [Islamic] nation, just like the pilgrims and worshippers. Like them, they are sometimes in the right, and sometimes in the wrong. Whoever is accused with an offense punishable by shari'a is put on trial, and there is no need for strife among the Muslims who follow the word of Allah and His Messenger.
"It is Faith that Unites the Muslims As Brothers – Not Tribal, National, or Organizational Affiliations"
"It is Preferable to Face Death Than to Turn One's Back On It, and a Stab in the Neck is More Honorable than a Stab in the Back..."
"Oh noble and free tribes, your faith has led you to oppose the presence of the Byzantine infidels on Iraqi soil... You have resolved to fight them to the death, and he who thirsts for death is rewarded with [eternal] life. You have inflicted many fatalities upon the enemy, and have fought them so effectively that they have become prisoners in their own bases and in the Green Zone out of fear of [your attacks]. Keep the soldiers of heresy drinking from the cup of bitter death, and do not let even one of them remain on Iraqi soil. [Remember that] your attacks and struggle are in defense of the nation's faith...
"....... Your steadfast [fighting] today, despite the danger of death, is a treasure that will serve you tomorrow, on the Day of Judgment... It is preferable to face death than to turn one's back on it, and a stab in the neck is more honorable than a stab in the back...
"Oh people of Iraq... Oh defenders of Islam, Oh Turkish, Kurdish and Arab [heroes], the infidels' situation is precarious, and soon they will flee... Be steadfast, and may Allah have mercy upon you... Do not shame the Muslim [nation] on this day... Be strong and put [all] your efforts [into jihad]. There is no escaping death. May my soul be your expiation."