Monday, April 30, 2012

"Al-Qaeda is Alive and Well" - by MEMRI

Bee's Note:  Before going to MEMRI's report, directly from one of Saudi's newspapers, I want to remind everyone that just last week the Obama administration announced that "the war on terror is over".  Apparently, according to Obama and his league of followers, since bin Laden is dead, Al-Qaeda is no longer a terrorist concern for the world (or the USA)- everyone can come home from the fields of battle! If that were true, why are our troops in South Africa, hunting down Islamic terrorists?  Why are our drones floating across the skies of Yemen? What the heck are we still doing in Afghanistan and Pakistan and why are we reading of more bombings in Iraq? Islamic terrorists come in all shapes and sizes, and have tagged themselves with assorted names i.e. Hamas, Hezibollah, Muslim Brotherhood, etc.  However, the name they love to hear most is "moderate" - call them all "moderates" and tell the world that the "war on terror is over" - ah, those quotes, directly from Obama's lips to the terrorists ears - so sweet (almost like hearing someone shout Alah Akbar!).  
One question to this administration:  Does anyone think that the following report is meant to contradict Obama's latest comments about the war on terror being "over"?  It's almost like the Muslims are saying, "Hey, President Obama, look - we're over here!"  Who you going to believe, Obama's lying lips, or the damn terrorists?  I believe the terrorists every time, because they do not lie about their intentions to cause terror!  Take a good look at where the USA troops are based throughout the world, ask yourself who they are fighting, and the answer every time is Islamic terrorists - period.

APRIL 30, 2012
Leading Saudi Daily's Opinion Page Editor and Expert on Islamic Movements: The Arab Spring Is Not the End of Islamist Extremism; Al-Qaeda Is Alive and Well
In his April 29, 2012 column in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, titled "Al-Qaeda Is Still Alive," opinion page editor Mashari Al-Zaydi, who according to the paper is a veteran Saudi journalist and expert on Islamic movements and Islamic fundamentalism as well as Saudi affairs, argued that in the world of the Arab Spring, "religious extremism" remained a problem. Recalling "the arguments put forward by multiple Arab and non-Arab writers and politicians... that the Arab Spring... mark[ed] the end of an era for Al-Qaeda and those like it," he enumerated recent instances of Al-Qaeda activity. He went on to state, "The claim that Al-Qaeda has disappeared by virtue of the Arab Spring is nothing more than a fanciful wish and a dream."
Following is the article, in the original English:[1]
"The Bloated and Corrupt Nature of the Mubarak Regime... Does Not Mean That the Diagnosis Of Egypt's Problems During Mubarak's Rule Was Incorrect... [Including the Problem Of] Religious Extremism"
"The 'Arab Spring' has transformed into Al-Mahdi Al-Muntazar,[2] Christ the Redeemer, and the Land of Dreams all in one, for those who devoutly worship its shrine.
"For those who have come to rely on the magical solution of the Arab Spring, everything that was said about problems before the collapse of the regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya has become a pack of lies propagated by the media of those regimes.
"I remember having a discussion with an Arab television anchor who was singing the praises of the magical Arab Spring in Egypt. He argued that once Mubarak fell or was overthrown, the celebrations and festivities would set in. I countered by arguing that despite the bloated and corrupt nature of the Mubarak regime, particularly over the last five years; this does not mean that the diagnosis of Egypt's problems during Mubarak's rule was incorrect. For example, the issue of overpopulation existed well before Mubarak's departure and shall remain a problem in the future. It may even be further aggravated by the unstable situation in Egypt is now experiencing. The same can be said for shortages in bread and fuel supplies, the overwhelming lack of security… and religious extremism."
"Do You Remember the Arguments Put Forward... That the Arab Spring Was A Sign Marking the End Of An Era For Al-Qaeda and Those Like It[?]"
"With regard to religious extremism, do you remember the arguments put forward by multiple Arab and non-Arab writers and politicians, stressing that the Arab Spring was proof that the 'fundamentalist scarecrow' was a lie, and that the Arab Spring was a sign marking the end of an era for Al-Qaeda and those like it, and that Arab rulers previously exaggerated the problem to extort their people and remain in power?
"Right now I do not know how to explain the eruption of Al-Qaeda activity in Yemen. Recently, the organization has abducted a Saudi diplomat and is currently trying to negotiate with the Saudi state to release him in return for some of its demands. Prior to this, Al-Qaeda displayed a clear show of strength in the governorate of Abyan, where it killed many Yemeni security officers and declared the establishment of an 'Islamic Emirate' there.
"Largely due to the state of disorder and pressures caused by the Arab Spring in particular, Al-Qaeda has also displayed several shows of force in the African Sahel.
"Here I am trying to point out that the automatic link between the agenda of armed extremist currents and the Arab Spring does not make sense. What do the young men and theorists of Al-Qaeda have to do with the Arab Spring?  Why would the Arab Spring be a reason for the decline of these groups? I can't understand this arbitrary link."
"Al-Qaeda and All Those Representing Its Ideology Have Other Inclinations and Dreams Which Have Nothing To Do With Freedom And Democracy"
"Al-Qaeda and all those representing its ideology have other inclinations and dreams which have nothing to do with freedom and democracy. Al-Qaeda is still proceeding with its plan and course and will try and exploit all existing variables in its favor. With this in mind, there is nothing better than when a regime – any regime – loses its grip on power.
"Does this mean that it would have been better if those bygone regimes had survived? Of course not, but it means that the problem of Al-Qaeda, just like the problems of poverty, unemployment and overpopulation, are problems which exist on their own and have their own survival engines. The solution to such problems comes through a cultural, social, economic and political confrontation, and more importantly, a critical one through our minds."
"The Claim That Al-Qaeda Has Disappeared By Virtue Of the Arab Spring Is Nothing More Than A Fanciful Wish and A Dream"
"We are yet to come into direct confrontation with all the aforementioned issues. The overthrow of Mubarak, the fleeing of Ben 'Ali, the murder of Qadhafi and the elimination of Saleh will not directly solve these problems.
"The claim that Al-Qaeda has disappeared by virtue of the Arab Spring is nothing more than a fanciful wish and a dream."

[1] The original English has been lightly edited for clarity.
[2] The Hidden Imam according to Twelver Shi'a.