Al Qaeda & The Middle East
By Micah Halpern
Friday June 7, 2013
I've Been Thinking:
Ayman Zawahiri, the head of al Qaeda, has a new audio tape that was broadcast though the internet yesterday. For 22 minutes Zawahiri gave long and explicit directions to al Qaeda followers throughout the world.
Zawahiri called for a jihad against Israel and against Assad of Syria. The Jihad that Zawahiri is calling for is not the introspection or deep religious thought that some apologists for Islam so often repeat. He explicitly called on Muslims to unite against America, Israel, Assad and Iran.
He said: "Lions of the Levant, unite around this honorable goal and rise above sectarian affiliations."
He said: "America, its agents and allies want you to shed your blood and the blood of your children and women to bring down the criminal Baathist regime, and then set up a government loyal to them and to safeguard Israel's security."
He said: "There is no solution for Palestine except Jihad."
He said: "Every free Muslim in Palestine should unite with his Muslim brothers to implement Sharia (Islamic law) and rule by it, and make it a reference above all references, and to liberate Palestine in order to set up an Islamic state, even if the West hates that and calls it terrorism and extremism."
Zawahiri uses very different metaphors in Arabic than bin Laden did - but make no mistake, the message is the same.
Oust all western influence, defeat all none Islamic totalitarian states, replace them with Islamic states, united - stand together against the anti Islamic western forces.
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