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Al Qaeda: Revolts = Great Leap Forward

From a cheering Reuters:

Qaeda: Arab revolts herald "great leap forward"

Wed Mar 30, 2011

LONDON (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s most influential English-language preacher said revolts sweeping the Arab world would help rather than harm its cause by giving Islamists freed from tyranny greater scope to speak out.

The hell you say.

Western and Arab officials say the example set by young Arabs seeking peaceful political change is a counterweight to al-Qaeda’s push for violent militancy and weakens its argument that democracy and Islam are incompatible.

Yes, just look at all of the democracies springing up across the Middle East. There’s…

But al Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, in an article published online on Tuesday, said the removal of anti-Islamist autocrats meant Islamic fighters and scholars were now freer to discuss and organize.

Which is exactly what we all want, isn’t it? Well, it’s clear some of ‘us’ want that.

"Our mujahideen brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and the rest of the Muslim world will get a chance to breathe again after three decades of suffocation," he wrote, using a term that refers generally to Islamic guerrilla groups or holy warriors.

"For the scholars and activists of Egypt to be able to speak again freely, it would represent a great leap forward for the mujahideen," wrote Awlaki, an American of Yemeni origin who is believed to be hiding in southern Yemen.

He said it did not matter what sort of government succeeded Arab autocrats, as these were unlikely to be as repressive. Imagining that only a Taliban-style regime would benefit al Qaeda was "a too short term way" of looking at events.

"We do not know yet what the outcome would be (in any given country), and we do not have to. The outcome doesn’t have to be an Islamic government for us to consider what is occurring to be a step in the right direction," he said

Awlaki said the revolts had broken "the barriers of fear" among Muslims whose "defeatism" under tyranny had deepened after Algeria’s crushing of an Islamist uprising in the 1990s.

And Mr. Awlaki is exactly right. For instance, no matter who the Libyan rebels turn out to be, it is almost impossible to imagine them suppressing Al Qaeda.

Awlaki made his remarks in the fifth edition of "Inspire," an online al Qaeda magazine aimed at Muslims in the West.

The publication is produced by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an arm of al Qaeda responsible for the group’s most spectacular attempted attacks in recent years.

A pdf file of this inspiring issue can be downloaded here. But be aware that it is 70 pages long.

Another writer, called Yahya Ibrahim, said al Qaeda was not against regime changes through protests but was against the idea that the change should be only through peaceful means to the exclusion of the use of force.

Inspire also contained an interview with AQAP military leader Qasim al-Raymi, also known as Abu Hurairah al-Sana’ani, one of the world’s most wanted Islamist militants.

He called on Muslims living in the West to kill groups of "Jews and Christians" whenever they heard of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan or Israeli killings of Palestinians.

Such attacks "would stop the striking, killing, occupation, humiliation and disgrace of our holy places that America and the West perpetrates."

Which of course is the very same ‘inspiring’ message that the Times Square bomber took to heart.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Al Qaeda: Revolts = Great Leap Forward”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    If Al Qaueda kills off as many of their own ‘citizens’ as Mao, there will be more blood than oil in the region.

  2. artboyusa says:

    BO says Ghaddafi’s awful
    And his actions we can’t stand
    No time to ask the Congress so
    A million bucks a bomb
    Gets dropped onto the sand

    When Bush went after Saddam
    The world recoiled
    At the terrible war crime
    But this is ‘liberal intervention’ here
    So it’s no prob this time

    We bomb one half to save the rest
    From death and massacree
    We aid the freedom fighters
    And blow the rest to hell
    But helping the freedom fighters out helps Al Qaeda out as well

    Our bought and paid for ‘allies’ propose
    But will not deign to join
    A ‘kinetic’ No Flying Zone
    And when it comes to boots on ground
    The US will march alone

    Then when all the snipers snipe
    And all the bombers bomb
    (For this future’s plain to see)
    And the coffins come back to Dover
    Then where will Obama be?

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Tip of the hat to the most respectable Ambassador John Bolton, who employed ‘Sweetness and Light’ during his characteristically expert analysis and insight on the Middle East upheavals and Obama’s non-policy today on Hannity’s radio show (and the second time I think I’ve heard him drop the phrase). Goes without saying that he has been an extremely well-studied and articulate leader on these issues.

  4. Mae says:

    Bolton would make a fab Secretary of State in the Republican cabinet of 2013.

    As for the AQ faction of the ME, may they all get permanently embedded head lice! I’d wish the same on their camels if I didn’t love our animals friends so much.

  5. canary says:

    Reuters: Qaeda: Arab revolts herald “great leap forward”

    Mar 30, 2011
    LONDON (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s most influential English-language preacher said revolts sweeping the Arab world would help rather than harm its cause by giving Islamists freed from tyranny greater scope to speak out.

    …al Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, in an article published online on Tuesday, said the removal of anti-Islamist autocrats meant Islamic fighters and scholars were now freer to discuss and organize.

    “Our mujahideen brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and the rest of the Muslim world will get a chance to breathe again after three decades of suffocation,” he wrote, using a term that refers generally to Islamic guerrilla groups or holy warriors.

    Awlaki made his remarks in the fifth edition of “Inspire,” an online al Qaeda magazine aimed at Muslims in the West…

    (Reporting by William Maclean, Editing by Ralph Boulton)
    read the rest and more related articles
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110330/ts_nm/us_arabs_qaeda

    The “Inspire” publication for Anwar al-Awlaki to preach his great English skills is produced by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninusla (AQAP).

    Sounds like he’s easy to find. Maybe a reward $ on Awlaki’s his dead or alive wanted poster would help, but I doubt it.

  6. Papa Louie says:

    “no matter who the Libyan rebels turn out to be, it is almost impossible to imagine them suppressing Al Qaeda.”

    Obama is just following the Pelosi doctrine: we have to arm them to find out who they are.
    That doctrine has never come back to bite us in the past, so why worry now?

  7. tranquil.night says:

    “so why worry now?”

    Agreed, what could go wrong? For some reason, Tom Friedman and the Slimes seem really worried about the future Hopenchange because of Barack’s Excellent Adventure. It’s come to “pray for luck” now.

    I don’t know, Tom. Gaia’s shown herself to be quite a mischevious and vengeful deity with a taste for cruel irony.

    • proreason says:

      Not to worry. The Moron wasn’t dithering for 9 days. He was mapping out who to blame if things go wrong, and how to get full credit of things go well. Hed didn’t have time to figure out who the rebels are, whether they have any military capabilities worth noting, whether Al Queda was involved, what would happen if some other country intervened, or a hundred other issues….but he definitely took the time to figure out the scapegoats.

      And the list is long: Sarkovy, the Brits, the Germans, Turkey, the Arab League, the CIA, our military, Hitlery, the UN, his advisors, the NCAA, Thunderbutt, the two mistakes, the dog…oh yes, little lenin covered all the important bases before committing his pocket country to a little international mischief.

  8. canary says:

    It’s no surprise we now know Obama knew al-Qaeda was fighting with the rebels. Now he wants to give arms. Hillary should keep any dignity she has left and resign. Or else, she’s taking the rules for radicals to help Obama put America in chaos. Give her and Bill a “sustainable” job getting rich like Gaddafi.


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