While googling for information on Ayman Mohamed Rabi' Ayman al-Zawahri, the Egyptian who's Osama bin Laden's chief "ideologist" and number two man -- and appears to have either escaped or perhaps never been in danger of apprehension at all (see this article for details), I came across this curious piece of information:
Back in Egypt in 1991, he published "The Bitter Harvest," a condemnation of the moderate Muslim Brotherhood and justification for jihad, then in 1992 joined bin Laden in Sudan, where both were under the protection of Hasan al Turabi, who like the two Islamists, is well educated and radical.
Now, the Muslim Brotherhood is moderate in the same way that Archangel has a moderate climate relative to the North Pole, but leave that aside. I was reminded of something I wrote about a while back, the full text of the Zarqawi letter -- allegedly written by al Qaeda's man in Iraq. In his section on the Sunnis in Iraq, he wrote,
3. The [Muslim] Brothers
As you have observed, they make a profession of trading in the blood of martyrs and build their counterfeit glory on the skulls of the faithful. They have debased the horse, put aside arms, said “no jihad” … and lied.
Their whole effort is to extend political control and seize the posts of Sunni representation in the government cake whose creation has been decided, while taking care in secret to get control of the mujahidin groups through financial support for two purposes. The first is for propaganda and media work abroad to attract money and sympathy, exactly as they did during the events in Syria, and the second is to control the situation and dissolve these groups when the party ends and the gifts are distributed. They are now intent on creating a Sunni shura body to speak in the name of the Sunnis. It is their habit to grab the stick in the middle and change as the political climate changes. Their religion is mercurial. They have no firm principles, and they do not start from enduring legal bases. God is the one from whom we have sought help.
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