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Al Qaeda on the Defensive

1:09 PM, Dec 14, 2009 • By BILL ROGGIO
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Over the weekend, Adam Gadahn, the American traitor who serves as a chief propagandist al Qaeda, released a videotape titled 'The Mujahideen Do Not Target Muslims.' Gadahn and al Qaeda are overly defensive about recent reports that the terror group primarily kills Muslims, and not Westerners. Gadahn is responding to the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point's recently released report which found that Muslims have accounted for 85 percent of the casualties from al Qaeda attacks between 2004-2008. In fact, the report shows that since 2007, only 2 percent of al Qaeda's victims have been non-Muslims. Gadahn's attempt to defend al Qaeda from these facts is clumsy and unconvincing.

The Combating Terrorism Center won a rare victory in the information war, where al Qaeda dominates the narrative while Western governments refuse to engage al Qaeda in the ideological sphere. Here is what Defense Secretary Robert Gates had to say about our inability to communicate in November 2007:

...we are miserable at communicating to the rest of the world what we are about as a society and a culture, about freedom and democracy, about our policies and our goals. It is just plain embarrassing that al-Qaeda is better at communicating its message on the internet than America. As one foreign diplomat asked a couple of years ago, "How has one man in a cave managed to out-communicate the world's greatest communication society?"

Little has changed in those two years.