Al-Qaeda leader attacks Mubarak regime

2011-02-19 08:03

Washington - Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri attacked the former Egyptian regime of Hosni Mubarak in a message released on Friday, which was recorded before the veteran leader was toppled.

"It's a secular and tyrannical regime which is kept in place by oppression and election rigging," Zawahiri said in an audio tape, played over a video of Arabic writing and his picture.

He accused Mubarak's regime of being totally in the pocket of the United States, saying "the true leader is in the American embassy".

And Zawahiri - an Egyptian by birth - denounced Mubarak "as the leader of all the Arab Zionists".

But the 34-minute speech entitled, "A Message of Hope and Glad Tidings to the People of Egypt", did not address the people's revolt in Egypt which toppled Mubarak from power.

Friday's video appeared to have been recorded before the demonstrations erupted on January 25, and was a kind of retrospective examining the role of occupying forces in putting in place a secular constitution in Egypt, instead of one based on Shari’ah law.

Al-Qaeda, which has long advocated that violence is the only way to overthrow regimes, has yet to respond to the demonstrations which caused Mubarak to step down last week after some three decades in power.

US President Barack Obama last week welcomed Mubarak's departure and made the wider point apparently seeking to connect with Muslims elsewhere who felt marginalised and may be easy prey for extremists.

"Egyptians have inspired us and they've done so by putting the lie to the idea that justice is best gained through violence," Obama said.

"For Egypt, it was the moral force of non-violence, not terrorism, not mindless killing, but non-violence, moral force, that bent the arc of history towards justice once more."

  • Wow! - 2011-02-19 10:36

    It will be intersting to see who gains from this overthrow. It was lead by liberal thinking youth BUT I think it will be hi-jacked by Islam fundamentalists.

      Mxhuma - 2011-02-19 14:17

      Of course!

      Rustum X - 2011-04-07 19:45

      Huh? I think you need to research Islam in the context of "controlled profit" and "absence of accumulative interest" economics, and then the real reason for the vilification of Islam becomes clear. Question. If home invaders hit you in the middle of the night and one of them gives birth. Do you give them coffee and offer to raise their child as the future head of your household? This is the situation in the middle east. The guilty and "innocent" depends on whose propaganda you read. The UN with all its seemingly good intentions created this boiling pot in 1947, exploiting the already disenfranchised Jews of Europe for this invasion. They're happy, they get free land and a bunch of white folks say its okay. If you want to get rid of people, make them someone else's enemy. They succeeded in the last-mentioned with you as well

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