Websites supporting al-Qaida have rained down insults and invective on Al-Jazeera, many times a dependable source for the distribution of their viewpoint. Thousands of insults have been posted blasting the TV station, which centers around providing news with a pan-Arab point of view.
Al-Qaida sympathizers have unleashed a torrent of anger against Al-Jazeera television, accusing it of misrepresenting Osama bin Laden’s latest audiotape by airing excerpts in which he criticizes mistakes by insurgents in Iraq.
Users of a leading Islamic militant Web forum posted thousands of insults against the pan-Arab station for focusing on excerpts in which bin Laden criticizes insurgents, including his followers.
Analysts said the reaction highlighted militants’ surprise at bin Laden’s words, and their dismay at the deep divisions among al-Qaida and other Iraqi militants that he appeared to be trying to heal.
Al-Jazeera isn’t used to militant attacks from a base of viewers it usually can rely on for support. A couple comparisons between this blow-up and the nutroots in America. First from Captain Ed:
How desperate have the Islamist terrorist nutcases become? They have flooded al-Jazeera with threats and obloquy after hearing AJ broadcast the latest tape from Osama bin Laden. They refuse to acknowledge the pleading from their leader that signals his dejection, claiming that the Arabic news agency misrepresented the message:
Next from JammieWearing Fool:
This ought to be fun. Reminds me of when the nutroots scold the networks for not being as insane as they are.
And lastly from Wake Up America:
Where is the popcorn? Remember the bin Laden video that was released on Oct. 22, 2007? Well, bin Laden admitted that al-Qaeda had made some mistakes and al-Jazeera dared to actually report it and now al-Qaeda supporters are mighty peeved at al-Jazeera.
Back to the angry al-Qaida allies.
“God fight Al-Jazeera,” railed one militant Web poster, calling the station a “collaborator with the Crusaders” for suggesting the tape showed weakness in al-Qaida and featuring discussions of how the tape reflected weaknesses and divisions among insurgents in Iraq.
The recording aired Monday contained unusually strong criticism of insurgents in Iraq from bin Laden, who urges them to admit mistakes and unify. Bin Laden even aknowledges that he advises himself not to be “fanatical” in his stances.
“Some of you have been lax in one duty, which is to unite your ranks,” bin Laden said. “Beware of division … Muslims are waiting for you to gather under a single banner to champion righteousness. Be keen to oblige with this duty.”
“I advise myself, Muslims in general and brothers in al-Qaida everywhere to avoid extremism among men and groups,” he said.
The tape was met with a cautiously positive response from at least one insurgent coalition that has been opposed to al-Qaida.
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