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Agreeing with Al-Qaida

The following is the first paragraph of an MSN article:

'In a videotape broadcast Thursday, Al-Qaida deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri said British Prime Minister Tony Blair was to blame for the London bombings and that Blair’s support of the U.S.-led war in Iraq would incite further attacks.'

Follow me here. Blair supports the Iraq War. al-Zawahri calls Blair's support the reason for the recent Al-Qaida terrorist attacks in London.

Why would Al-Qaida care about Tony Blair's support of the Iraq War if Al-Qaida has no connection to Iraq. Why, in fact, would they send suicide bombers to kill Brits, if they didn't have a vested interest in the outcome of the War?

So, if Tony Blair, indeed Great Britain, weren't involved in Iraq, they would've avoided these attacks? Apparently, the Iraq War carries some importance in the mind of Al-Qaida leaders.

Here. For the yet unconvinced, let me quote Wikipedia's coverage of the Madrid Train Bombings, under suspicion of Al-Qaida connections:

Osama bin Laden issued a public threat in October 2003 to carry out suicide bombings against any countries joining the US-led invasion of Iraq: "We reserve the right to retaliate at the appropriate time and place against all countries involved, especially Britain, Spain, Australia, Poland, Japan and Italy."

Yet, outspoken U.S. citizens fail to see any connection between the so-called War on Terror (that is, against Al-Qaida and the like) and the Iraq War. Well, I guess these outspoken citizens don't see it the way Al-Qaida does. Al-Qaida certainly sees a link between the two; otherwise, they wouldn't be attacking War supporters.

So, I guess some can find a single point of agreement with Al-Qaida: there's an important link between Al-Qaida and the Iraq War. The sooner everyone understands this, the sooner support for U.S. involvement will gain momentum. The Iraq War is an important front in the defeating Al-Qaida and their worldwide terrorism.