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January 15, 2013

An Almost Word-for-Word Endorsement of al Qaeda's Worldview

Earlier today Glenn Greenwald wrote about the French intervention in Mali. This made Joshua Foust, a writer for the Atlantic and fellow at the American Security Project, very angry:

Back in 2007, an Egyptian Islamist named Sayid Imam Sharif wrote "Rationalizing Jihadist Action in Egypt and the World," which strongly criticized al Qaeda. Al Qaeda's second-in-command and chief propagandist Ayman al-Zawahiri then wrote a long screed in response. It turned out "Rationalizing Jihadist Action in Egypt and the World" was an almost word-for-word endorsement of the worldview of the crusaders and Jews (and their puppets the Egyptian Interior Ministry and security services):
A document called "Rationalizing Jihadist Action in Egypt and the World" became public and was accompanied by much attention and furor. When I carefully examined it, I found--regrettably as I had expected--that it served, in the best possible way, the interests of the alliance that the crusaders and Jews have with our rulers, who act in contradiction of Shari'ah. This document is an attempt to sedate their mujahidin enemies, make them doubt their methods, and drive them from the battlefield...It sounds like a [Egyptian] security services' pamphlet...This document was written in the spirit of the Interior Ministry…

Meanwhile back in America, there's something else wrong with Greenwald:

According to Zawahiri, this was very similar to what was wrong with Sayid Imam Sharif and "Rationalizing Jihadist Action in Egypt and the World":

[Sharif] neglected the crimes of the crusaders and their agents, abandoned the need to exhort the nation to fight and resist them, and occupied itself with what it alleged were the mujahidin's errors…

This is a question that we address to the brothers who use the term "terrorism" to describe what happened in America...

When the United States fired missiles on the medicine factory in Sudan, destroying it over the heads of the employees and workers who were inside, what do you call this?...Why did they condemn what happened in America but we heard no one condemn what America did to the Sudanese factory?...

What about starving the Libyan people? What about the almost daily starving of the Iraqi people and the attacks on them? What about the sieges and attacks on the Muslim state of Afghanistan?

I don't want to say Foust is exactly like Zawahiri; for instance, Zawahiri jabbers on for 268 pages, while Foust is thankfully using twitter. But there are a limited number of ways to be a hateful, tribalistic knob, so all the knobs all over the world eventually end up sounding pretty much the same. Everything they say is a kind of violent moron mad libs.

BONUS: This entire phenomenon is available in diagram form here.

—Jon Schwarz

Posted at January 15, 2013 04:58 PM

Constant flow of LIES, Hypocritical Statements and Behaviour and Double Standards in Actions by people in power, unfortunately, confuses people and they can not tell the difference between FACT and PROPAGANDA, even if one has "Deep expertise in Afghanistan; expertise in Central Asia and the Former Soviet Union; development policy and security; defense & intelligence policy; research and analysis...etc etc etc.."!!!!

Posted by: Rupa ( Shah ) at January 15, 2013 11:05 PM

I'll bet IF WE apologized for ALL those harsh&mean things WE said, for ALL those "Freedom Fries", The French just might possibly let US buy into this war.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 16, 2013 01:55 AM

Twitter is perfectly named.

Yeah, crazy is as crazy does, as Forest Gump might have said.

Posted by: N.E. at January 16, 2013 10:33 AM

i think there are different levels of empathy here, tho- if a man is grinding his boot heel into the throat of another man, and the subdued man fights back and kills the other, one could empathize with that violence- empathizing with the oppressor's violence, however, is not quite analagous

Posted by: frankenduf at January 16, 2013 01:32 PM

Egypt responded to US and IMF threats with 80% opposition to aid, up about 30% in a year. They saw aid was conditioned on how much the state gave aid to them. The aid instead goes more to the police. That's how Egypt affords to be more blatant in its oppression. US press's job is to cover for these, where it spends most of its time and therefore expects most of its profit.

Posted by: Lewis at January 16, 2013 06:58 PM

If I didn't realize just how much WE LOVE these little brushfire wars so much I'd advise NOT PAYING for them. STOP PAYING for the glut-o-bombs WE have on inventory constantly, QUIT BUYING more everyday.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at January 18, 2013 08:03 PM