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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Al-Baghdadi's Fifteenth Speech

The speech itself runs for about 13 minutes. It's the same voice, as best as I can tell. It was released by Al-Furqan on March 17, 2009. Al-Baghdadi declares the successful conclusion of the Karama ('Honor') Plan, and the beginning of the 'Harvest of Blessings', the title of the speech. It follows his fourteenth speech, released in January, which was about Gaza (...please let me know if I've missed any).

And once upon a time I used to care so much about what al-Baghdadi had to say that I'd translate his words and analyze away for hours (see his 13th speech here), but nowadays, especially since the jihadists have been defeated in Iraq, I can't seem to rouse myself into caring. Besides, either the jihadists or someone else has been doing a fine job of translating the speeches into English, so I don't feel compelled to put in the effort when the job is already being done.

Oh, by the way, for the readers who haven't followed this blog over the years, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi is supposed to be the new caliph.

However, I briefly discuss what I believe are the important indicators of this latest speech in this week's piece for Hudson NY, and this is the concluding line:

Obama, the skilled orator, may be rudely awakened to the prospect that there are long-term and unexpected consequences when ceding the rhetoric of victory to one’s enemy; however delusional said enemy may be.


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