Thursday, June 16, 2011


With the news that Ayman al-Zawahiri has gotten the top spot in Al Queda, now would be a good time to read Lawrence Wright's 2002 profile of this particular nut. Oh, and by the way, have you read The Looming Tower yet? The profile ultimately wound up as a chapter in that book, and you know how Attaturk and I feel about that book.


Montag said...

For people who actually read about al-Qaeda's history, instead of seeing them under their beds, this is not exactly a surprise.

That is not to say there are not other factions inside this very loosely-knit organization which are not thrilled by the ascension of al-Zawahiri--after all, bin Laden came to prominence after the car-bomb assassination of Sheikh Azzam and his sons in Peshawar in 1989.

The real question is whether or not al-Zawahiri will be as good at finding money as was bin Laden. His contacts, in that respect, were wide and deep. Zawahiri's are more limited and more concentrated in radicalism in Egypt, which is partly why I think al-Qaeda will be very busy in Egypt in the near future.

Olives and Arrows said...


Perhaps most significantly, the pro-democracy uprisings of the Arab Spring have left Al Qaeda as a bystander to history.

That's an odd coincidence, isn't it?

The very same thing has happened to al-Zawahiri and al qaeda as has befallen the Western leftists and the toady mainstream media. They are all "bystanders to history".

Yes indeedy -- al qaeda and it's Western apologists have lost Iraq, Afghanistan and a host of others -- such as Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. More to follow: Syria, Yemen and others.....

pansypoo said...

jeez, it had been so nice w/out the troll.