Tim Blair


New Criterion



Thursday, May 22, 2003
A SHORT WHILE AGO, on the line to Doha, I spoke with the network's Communications and Media Relations Manager, Jihad Ballout and asked whether he was confident that the voice on the latest tape is that of al-Qaeda's Ayman Al-Zawahiri.

JIHAD BALLOUT: Well, yes it is. I believe, I mean, all indications that we have, all the yardsticks that we have, we believe that it is Ayman Al-Zawahiri. Otherwise it wouldn't be on air.

I think my '86 Grange is corked.