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Posted by on Jul 28, 2006 in At TMV | 7 comments

Al Qaeda Expands Its Job Description

We knew this was coming, didn’t we?

Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader called Thursday for Muslims to unite in a holy war against Israel and to join the fighting in Lebanon and Gaza until Islam reigns from “Spain to Iraq.”

It’s an attempt to unite Muslims under its banner to go after Israel and basically non-Muslim governments everywhere. MORE:

Ayman al-Zawahri’s taped message, the first from al-Qaida since Israel began offensives against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, was a sweeping recruiting effort that even called on non-Muslims to join the Islamic cause.

But there’s a new twist in this, as well: it’s an attempt to expand its constituency by becoming the vehicle for those who hate the United States and the West:

Addressing the world’s “downtrodden,” al-Zawahri said non-Muslims should join Islamic militants in the battle against “tyrannical Western civilization and its leader, America.”

“Stand with Muslims in confronting this unprecedented oppression and tyranny. Stand with us as we stand with you against this injustice that was forbidden by God in his book (the Quran),” al-Zawahri said.

Kamal Habib, a former member of Egypt’s Islamic Jihad militant group who was jailed from 1981-1991 along with al-Zawahri, said the appeal to non-Muslims was unprecedented and reflected a change in tactics.

“This is a transformation in the vision of al-Qaida and its struggle with the United States. It is now trying to unite Sunni Muslims, Shiite Muslims and calling for non-Muslims to join the fight,” he said.

An expected twist — but taking it a step even further. Is this a call to arms, an attempt to recruit more militants or a harbinger of terrorists activities expanded in the scope, waiting in the pipeline?

A CROSS SECTION OF OTHER VIEWS ON THIS DEVELOPMENT:

Jihad Watch: “As if the jihad against Israel hasn’t been being waged for decades. It began long before 1948, with attacks on Jewish immigrants to the area that later became Israel.”

Counterterrorism Blog: “A message of support by Al Qaeda leadership for the Shiite Hezbollah is an unexpected and troubling development.”

Partisan Times:

Get in line, moron. There are more Jihads against Israel than there are terrorists in Islam. And, by the way, if I hear one more liberal talk about the expansionist tendencies of Israel, I’ll strap on a few bombs myself, hunt the lib down, and probably chicken out at the last minute. But the message will still get across. Seriously . . . Iraq to Spain? The only link between Iraq and Spain will be the trail of terrorist blood that Western forces leave behind.

Dr. Sanity: “So, what should civilization’s response be? Should we pretend we don’t hear him? That he doesn’t really mean it? Even if you hate the idea of violence and death –and what sane and rational person doesn’t?– isn’t it time to get really serious about this threat and stop pussyfooting around pretending it doesn’t exist?”

The American Thinker: “I have never understood the Spanish nonchalance toward the threatened reconquista. Like Israel, Spain is a nation which is a target for Islamists, not for any deeds, but for its existence as a non-Muslim land.”

PoliBlog:

Heck, if they just want to proselytize, the Mormon model is a lot less offensive–no one gets blown up or anything. I can see it now: two guys from al Qaeda riding bikes around the neighborhood in white short-sleeved shirts and ties, turbans and long beards handing out brochures. That would certainly be better than waging a terror campaign.




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  • While our democracy, in the hands of the neocons, moves towards using force to export and expand democracy, those we deem as extremists are using persuasion to democratically assume power. That, in my opinion, is perhaps the epitome of irony. Worse yet, it is an indication that our foreign policy is an unmitigated failure that may well alter the world order for decades.

    Read an analysis that discusses the implications of the current U.S. foreign policy and how the neoconservatives have simply leaped over the politics of conflict…here:

    http://www.thoughttheater.com

  • Salmenio

    Daniel DiRito

    Its not that ironic Daniel. Its been happening in South America for decades. It has also been biting us in the arse for decades. Seems like we don’t learn very well in my opinion.

  • Kim Ritter

    Of course Al Queda is not just going to sit idly by and watch Israel blow up Lebanon.Shouldn’t some of the geniuses in the White House or the State Dept have predicted this?
    If all three terrorist organizations join Iran, Syria, Palestine Venezuela, Bolivia and North Korea -there will be WWIII. I think the Bush administration policy of letting Israel proceed without restraint is reckless. We are becoming even more of a target of Muslim wrath-and they never forget or admit defeat. Look for endless jihad….

  • Elrod

    Imagine, just for a moment, if we had actually killed or captured Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawhiri. At the very least, we wouldn’t be forced to listen to these moronic musings from the caves of Pakistan. More importantly, the central unifying ideological figures of the Al Qaeda movement would be gone. Al Qaeda may be a decentralized organization now. It may just be a “brand” now, encapsulating the various disparate Islamist organizations from the Phillipines to Iraq. But it retains ideological coherence so long as its leadership can still proselytize. Osama and Al-Zawhiri still matter. A lot. Their capture matters more than “winning in Iraq” in the global fight against Islamist terrorism, just as it did in 2003.

  • Kim Ritter

    Elrod- You might be right. We could have captured or killed Osama, and we could have declared victory (even a symbolic one) to the world- as he planned 9/11. We would still have the esteem of the rest of the world. Iran would be held in check by Saddam. Israel would be held in check by us. Now we have the worst of all outcomes- the entire Muslim world uniting in the goal of jihad against the West.

    Do you feel safer now that the Bush Doctrine has spread the winds of democracy through the Middle East? Its just propaganda anyway- if you read Thomas Ricks’ “Fiasco” the military’s idea of winning Iraqi hearts and minds was going house to house and yanking men over a certain age out of their beds on the flimsiest of evidence. They would be held, beaten and sometimes killed -whether innocent or guilty. I never understood why we were considered invaders instead of liberators. But, that’s enforced democracy for you!

  • Gandleman : how is this news?

    The Muslim population have been calling for an empire for quite a while now, and usually they include Spain.

  • DanielR

    Elrod, many groups have had their leaders crucified only to become stronger in the long run (think Obi Wan). I think the idea that simply removing the leaders will solve the problem is foolhardy, especially if we don’t understand the underlying conditions that brought that leader to power (CIP Saddam Hussein). In Japan following WWII, we allowed kept much of their leadership intact and gave them a strong incentives to work within a political framework to pursue their objectives and better themselves. Only when the benefits to playing the political strategy outweigh the violent strategy will a group and its supporters stop behaving violently. It may be that a leader can stand in the way because their personal interests do not align with the group’s, however, eventually these leaders will lose support. This is especially true in the case of Al-Queda where its leaders do not have the means to silence opposition and directly control populations.

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