Berto Jongman: Restraint from Al Qaeda?

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Al-Qaida leader urges restraint in first ‘guidelines for jihad’

Document provides a rare look at Al-Qaida’s strategy 12 years after the September 11 attacks.

Reuters in Ha aretz, 16 September 2013

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has issued his first specific guidelines for jihad, urging restraint in attacking other Muslim sects and non-Muslims and in starting conflicts in countries where jihadis might find a safe base to promote their ideas.

The document, published by the SITE monitoring service, provides a rare look at Al-Qaida’s strategy 12 years after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States and the nature of its global ambitions from North Africa to the Caucasus to Kashmir.

While Al-Qaida’s military aim remained to weaken the United States and Israel, Zawahri stressed the importance of “dawa”, or missionary work, to spread its ideas.

“As far as targeting the proxies of America is concerned, it differs from place to place. The basic principle is to avoid entering into any conflict with them, except in the countries where confronting them becomes inevitable,” he said.

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Phi Beta Iota: Al Qaeda is not a monolyth.  It consists of a melange of committed entrepreneurs with legitimate motives; many false flag individuals managed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and in some instances Western countries; many indigenous elements seeking publicity for their legitimate local grievances; and of course the enabling black market infrastructure of spies, criminals, white collar money launderers, and so on.  What we find most interesting is that those who would seek to confront the USA and its financial terrorists (Wall Street, legalized global crime) are learning that the political path is in fact the only sustainable path.  We pray that the US public will learn this soon, and rise in peaceful revolt against the two-party tyranny that has betrayed the public trust most deeply ever since Newt Gingrich destroyed Speaker Jim Wright, and turned the Congress into a nest of party line hacks devoid of intellect or moral stature.