A new report from the head of al-Qaida in Iraq indicates that more than 4,000 foreign fighters belonging to or allied with al-Qaida have been killed as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“The blood has been spilled in Iraq of more than 4,000 foreigners who came to fight,” said Abu Ayyub al-Masri in an audio clip posted online.

But what does al-Masri know? He’s only the head of al-Qaida in Iraq. Abu Ayyub al-Masri got his job stepping over the cold corpse of his predecessor, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who assumed room temperature thanks to the United States military.

This report is just the latest evidence that the war in Iraq is not only justified, but is a critical front in the U.S.-led war on terrorism.

Iraq: Land of peaceful kite fliers

The anti-war crowd just won’t admit the obvious. They have completed their rewrite of history, deceitfully asserting that the war in Iraq is an illegitimate war, not at all related to the war on terrorism.

Luckily for the anti-war folks, the liberal journalists of the mainstream media agree with them and happily advance their revisionist propaganda. Just consider the following citations, which are examples of thousands of similar news accounts. I’ve added the emphasis on the appropriate phrases below.

This week the Washington Post insisted that new intelligence documents served “… as validation of their [Democrats’] long-standing position that the Iraq war has been a distraction from the broader war against terrorists.”

A Sept. 12 Reuters report echoed that premise. “Democrats counter that the Iraq war is a distraction from the war on terrorism rather than a part of it,” reported Reuters.

Tim Grieve of the liberal e-journal, Salon.com, writes similarly, “After all, Iraq is a distraction from the war on terrorism. …”

Pay no attention to the man behind the terrorist curtain

So I ask you – why would 4,000 Islamic terrorists aligned with al-Qaida rush to Iraq and be killed if these terrorists didn’t think that the war in Iraq was the frontline in the war on terrorism?

Maybe these terrorists know something more about their murderous jihad than all the liberal, anti-war second-guessers here in the United States who consistently have tried to undermine the war effort.

Don’t for a moment think that this latest report from al-Qaida in Iraq will change the rhetoric or the tenor of either the anti-war zealots or their allies in the news media. These are, after all, the same people who keep telling us there is no connection between Iraq and al-Qaida in the same news stories that they quote the leader of “al-Qaida in Iraq.”

It’s as if we’ve flashed back to the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” where the great and powerful wizard is exposed from behind the curtain, but who nevertheless tries to deceive Dorothy and her entourage.

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,” he commands, desperate to believe that he can somehow continue his campaign of deception in spite of the obvious facts.

If Saddam isn’t a terrorist, who is?

A recent poll found that 50 percent of Americans believed Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, despite the media’s insistence that this was not true. When this poll was released, journalists and anti-war activists were baffled.

How could the American people not believe us?

Well, it’s really simple. People have witnessed the anti-war crowd’s use of the most despicable and unforgivable means to undermine the war against terrorism. The public knows better than to now be told to ignore everything they’ve known, seen and heard before.

The American people watched for year after year as the United Nations ignored their own resolutions to stop Saddam’s development of WMDs. They then saw that the nations and individuals most opposed to Operation Iraqi Freedom were complicit in the U.N. Oil for Food scam.

The American people know about the chemical weapons used against Saddam’s own people. They know of the reports – corroborated with gruesome video footage – of horrific torture and executions of Saddam’s prisoners, as millions of Iraqis were slaughtered.

They know that Saddam paid the families of Palestinian terrorist bombers $25,000 for each terrorist attack they unleashed against a restaurant, bus or other civilian target beyond the borders of Iraq.

They know that Saddam Hussein used Islamic law to justify many of these awful and terrifying actions. To the American public, all of these actions precisely constitute what terrorism is.

And so, if Saddam Hussein is not a terrorist leader, then who is?

The jig is up

There will be other fronts in the war on terrorism that must be addressed – Iran and Syria are at the top of anybody’s list. But does anyone believe we have a snowball’s chance in hell of crushing the terrorist threats from those nations if we pull out of Iraq in defeat?

That new audio message from al-Qaida in Iraq has no doubt brought a sense of panic to the offices of MoveOn.org, Democratic Underground and the other bastions of the “Blame America First” network. Another lie from this contingent of the anti-war movement, a big fat whopper of a lie to boot, has been exposed. Even the professional propagandists in the anti-war crowd, must be starting to recognize that the jig is up.

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