For example, the current Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, join Syria's rebellion and to ensure Egypt implements sharia. Ayman al-Zawahri is an Egypt-born cleric, who became al Qaeda leader last year after the death of Osama bin Laden. He has been around as bin Laden's second in command since the beginning. He had as much to do with planning the attack on 9/11 as bin Laden himself. -And he is still very much alive and still trying to kill Americans.
Here is what he said on a video released recently:
"We are seeking, by the help of Allah, to capture others and to incite Muslims to capture the citizens of the countries that are fighting Muslims in order to release our captives," he said, praising the kidnapping of Warren Weinstein, a 71-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan last year.
In his new message, he called on Muslims to ensure Egypt's revolution continued until sharia law was implemented and urged fellow Muslims to join the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
The release of his message had been delayed, he said, because of the "conditions of the fierce war" in Afghanistan and Pakistan where he said U.S.-led forces had intensified a bombing campaign.
U.S. President Barack Obama, whom Zawahri described as a "liar" and "one of the biggest supporters of Israel", has stepped up the use of unmanned drones to target militants in both countries as well as in Yemen.
In a further attack on Western governments and international institutions, Zawahri accused world powers of giving Syrian President Assad "a license to kill" his opponents.
"The U.N., Kofi Annan and the Arab League give the al-Assad regime one opportunity after another to end the rising of jihadi, popular resistance against his oppression, injustice, corruption and spoiling," Zawahri said.
"I incite Muslims everywhere, especially in the countries that are contiguous to Syria, to rise up to support their brothers in Syria with all what they can and not to spare anything that they can offer," he said.
Zawahri, who led the Egyptian Islamic Jihad movement (Muslim Brotherhood)before joining al Qaeda, called on Egypt to introduce sharia and to tear up a 1979 peace treaty with Israel.
"The battle in Egypt is very clear. It is a battle between the secular minority that is allied with the church and that is leaning on the support of the army, who are made up by (former President Hosni) Mubarak and the Americans ... and the Muslim ummah (nation) in Egypt that is seeking to implement sharia," he said.
My questions are simple.
1) Why is he still around? Getting bin Laden was great -but the job isn't nearly done. Al Qaeda is not on it's heels. It is stronger than ever with branches in Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Mali, Uganda, Sudan, Egypt, Libya and virtually every other Middle Eastern country except Israel. We can't defeat them if we won't even admit they are there.
2) Where do you suppose he's hiding? Directing Al Qaeda from deep in some cave in the mountains -or living in comfort in some nice residential compound outside a Pakistan Military base?
Let's stop playing politics and get the job done!
Todays Reflection:Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things
Live Long and Prosper...