- Oct 13, 2005
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The Information Department of al-Qaeda in Iraq [Tanzeem Qaedat Al-Jihad Fi Bilad Al-Rafidayn] recently issued a statement titled: “America and the Illusion Industry,” castigating America for being allegedly driven by ego and a self-imposed national sentiment of grandeur which influences its foreign policy. Using this sentiment as the basis for argument, the group claims that America has continued to “lie” and fabricate victories in Iraq to keep its sense of invincibility intact.
According to the statement, Americans believe that “they are the chosen race which God ordered to spread their civilization,” and have historically sought to lead the human world in development, even relying on bloodshed and oppression to thwart those who oppose them. An illusion of “self-confidence” has overrun the American purview, which the group posits has made it “easy to lie to himself and change the truth of what he sees by his own eyes. The most important thing is that he should not be seen weak or defeated in front of the world.” In addition, an article written by American journalist Michael Ventura which concerns a view that America falsely views itself as “Number One,” is cited to support the group’s claims.1
Americasince its “armed robbery in Iraq,” is accused of lying and changing facts about its “failing war,” as the group highlights media claims of an alleged inflated number of mujahideen casualties and captures of supposed leaders of al-Qaeda in Iraq, specifically mentioning Abu Azzam. The group believes this is due to America’s “psychological state” of accepting illusions of victory, even if “clear facts” belie them. Further, the statement indicates that Americans have a distorted view of the mujahideen’s respect for life, believing them to be sad the death of one of their own. Al-Qaeda in Iraq emphasizes: “We are not sad but only for their departure and what a difference between our grief and theirs. And between the eagerness of the mujahideen to be martyrs and their eagerness for ending life