Al Qaeda Condemns Iran
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday October 5, 2011
Sometimes, truth comes from the most unexpected, unlikely source. And that source almost always offers not only unimpeachable information but also clear, sharp and most important, revealing, insight.
The latest source in this category is al Qaeda. That's right, I am referring to the al Qaeda condemnation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The condemnation that came after Ahmadinejad delivered his speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations.
The speech was long and rambling typical of the Iranian president. The part that really irked al Qaeda was when Ahmadinejad spoke about 9-11 and said that the attacks were part of a conspiracy perpetrated by the CIA and other Western groups, including the Israeli Mossad.
Al Qaeda was not the only party to be upset by this theory. As soon as Ahmadinejad began to spout his anti-Western rhetoric the United States walked out of the great hall. When Ahmadinejad began his diatribe against 9-11 many other countries left as well. The United States bristled at the accusation. Israel, for their part, has gotten used to false accusations and hateful tirades from Ahmadinejad.
The essence of his presentation was that 9-11 was fabricated in order to make an excuse for the United States to invade Iraq and continue their colonial Western presence in Islamic lands. In this new chronicle of history as imagined by Ahmadinejad, al Qaeda pays no role -- and that they find extremely offensive.
9-11 put al Qaeda on the map in the Islamic world. To take that away relegates them to a miror organization.
In their most recent edition of Inspire, the al Qaeda English language web zine they call Ahmadinejad's assertions ridiculous, wrong and a fabrication, nothing more than a simple conspiracy theory. "The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its president Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al Qaeda was behind 9/11 but rather, the U.S. government."
"So we may ask the question: why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?"
The author of the piece then explains that the reason Ahmadinejad chose to alter history is because al Qaeda and Iran are battling for the same Muslim souls and explains that: "For them, al Qaeda was a competitor for the hearts and minds of the disenfranchised Muslims around the world." Al Qaeda's PR agent goes on to outline the dramatic differences between their organization and Iran and then takes the gloves off: "Al Qaeda ... succeeded in what Iran couldn't. Therefore it was necessary for the Iranians to discredit 9/11 and what better way to do so? Conspiracy theories." For the Iranians, he exclaims, jihad is just an idea while for Al Qaeda it is a physical war.
An interesting aside is that a footer on the article asks for volunteers to help out. Al Qaeda, it turns out, is looking for people "with any skills - be it writing, research, editing, or advice" and ask that they volunteer for the cause.
In the end, it's all about jihad. Jihad under the Iranian flag or Jihad under the al Qaeda flag. Let them battle it out amongst themselves. They are both dangerous and they are both enemies of the West. But for now they both hate one another.
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