Saturday, May 06, 2006

Bin Laden and the changing mood of the Arab public

via PJ

Austin Bey picks up on the latest meaning of Bin Laden's speech citing this column from The Daily Star by Amr Hamzawy on Al-Qaeda faces an ideological crisis.

I blogged on the strange shift to Darfur and the Sudan and wondered if it was a response to Al-Turabi's inteview on on Al-Arabiya TV on April 10, 2006.

Hamzawy concludes,
Taking note of the changing mood of the Arab public, bin Laden sought to return Al-Qaeda to its roots. The group was founded thanks to the support of sister militant movements. Previously, bin Laden's cadres emerged from the once-powerful Egyptian Jihad and Al-Jamaa al-Islamiyya. Today, Hamas is the front-runner among militant Islamist movements. But even at this level, bin Laden is destined to earn only minimal success, if any. A day after Al-Jazeera broadcast his videotape, Hamas' spokesman in Gaza, Sami Abu Zahri, told reporters that bin Laden's comments on Hamas reflected his own views and that Hamas was interested in good relations with the West.

Arab politics have transcended the legacy of Al-Qaeda. Today gradualism, participation, and democratic reform, rather than radical violence and jihad, set the agenda. Although it's uncertain whether Arab liberals will see their dream realized, Al-Qaeda's project no longer represents an alternative.

I think our alliance of apostate lackeys, Rafidite Shi'ites, secular pro-Zionist Kurds and false Sunnis is albeit slowly creating alternatives.

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