Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- Did you see that over the weekend Al Qaeda's second-in-command, the Rev. Ayman Zawahiri, appeared in an online 67-minute video and declared that the Democrats' bill calling for a troop withdrawal from Iraq is proof that the United States has already lost the war in Iraq? I wonder how the Democratic leadership took the news. Did the Hon. Nancy Pelosi send him an e-mail congratulating him on his astuteness? Or was she a bit embarrassed? Yet, can anything embarrass Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic leadership? Frankly, I doubt it. They are all neatly shut off from the world in their fantasy of moral and intellectual superiority.

Of course, the Rev. Zawahiri is shut off in his own fantasy world. Does he actually think the United States has been defeated in Iraq? Anywhere our army goes it destroys our enemies. All they can do is blow themselves up. Zawahiri apparently deems it a victory if one of his lunkheads blows himself up close enough to an American unit to take an American casualty. Oh, I suppose he imagines other glorious victories, for instance, a lunkhead blowing up a market and killing scores of Iraqis, or a hospital or a mosque. These calamities are not what are usually described as victories.

Apparently Al Qaeda franchises its name to terrorists in other countries. Thus there is "Al Qaeda in Iraq." Now it is time for the Democrats to franchise their name abroad. As neatly as Zawahiri's statement comports with the views of such Democrats as Sen. Harry Reid, who said last month that the war in Iraq is "lost," perhaps the Democrats will soon franchise their name to like-minded groups abroad. Perhaps they will make the Rev. Zawahiri the head of "Democrats in the Caves of Wajiristan." Maybe the Democrats and Al Qaeda can exchange greetings, with Reid in an online video repeating to the cave dwellers in Wajiristan his message of last month, "this war is lost," and the Rev. Zawahiri repeating his message of this month that our war is "lost."

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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