Osama Bin Laden, the face of Al Qaeda is dead. He had been hiding in a compound in Abbottabad since 2005 – unbelievable. The compound was about 100 metres from the military academy. The military and the ISI must have been protecting Osama Bin Laden. The pursuit for this individual appears to be over, but the confirmation is not necessarily completed.
In the meantime, it has been announced that the Egyptian doctor Ayman el-Zawahri has become the new leader of Al Qaeda. What does this mean? First of all, in recent years El-Zawahri has been the brains behind both Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. What this means is that the dangers associated with Al Qaeda have not disappeared with the death of Osama Bin Laden, but they might have increased instead.
This Reuters report is interesting for another reason, as it gives insight into el-Zawahri and his attitude towards Libya:
In the latest monitored by the SITE Intelligence Group last month, he urged Muslims to fight NATO and American forces in Libya.
“I want to direct the attention of our Muslim brothers in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and the rest of the Muslim countries, that if the Americans and the NATO forces enter Libya then their neighbors in Egypt and Tunisia and Algeria and the rest of the Muslim countries should rise up and fight both the mercenaries of Gaddafi and the rest of NATO,” Zawahri said.
And what exactly does this Egyptian think of Østupid?:
In 2008 el-Zawahri called Østupid a house negro, a racially-charged term used by 1960s black American Muslim leader Malcolm X to describe black slaves loyal to white masters. In 2009 he made the following attack on Østupid:
“America has come with a new deceptive face … It plants the same dagger as Bush and his predecessors did. Obama has resorted to the policies of his predecessors in lying and selling illusions,”
Please read the whole report on this man. It is my view that Zawahri is more dangerous than Osama Bin Laden. I note that he was sentenced to death in absentia in Egypt. I also note that he belonged to the group blamed for the assassination of Anwar Sadat. I also note that he had joined Muslim Brotherhood. I do disagree with the author of the article about MB being non-violent. That is just utter crap.
However, what I see in this report is that Al Qaeda through Zawahri might be seeking a way to intervene in Libya. He might use any NATO boots on the ground as a reason for interference. Now this is conflicting information considering the number of people who actually believe that Al Qaeda is already in Libya. It is not the case, but it is a situation that could get exploited. Zawahri was definitely involved in Iraq, and that begs the question, was Saddam Hussein sheltering him, but not Osama Bin Laden? Also, we do know that some Libyans went to Iraq. What we do not know is how many of them remain alive today. This is a situation that needs to be approached with caution. I doubt that Østupid has the ability to approach with caution.