Der Meinungsredakteur der arabischen Tageszeitung Asharq Alawsat lässt seine Wut über Bin Ladens neue Rede und über die klammheimlichen Unterstützer des Terrorpropheten freien Lauf. Bin Laden hat die Amerikaner in seiner Rede des Massenmordes im Irak angeklagt. Mshari Al-Zaydi kontert:
We want the leader of Al Qaeda and his supporters – and there are many varying between secret admirers to declared admirers and fans and those who only half-declare their support – we ask of him and them to speak about Al Qaeda’s crimes in Iraq and how they have contributed to the death and destruction!
Mshari Al-Zaydi Foto: Asharq Alawsat
Here are a few questions for you Mr. Osama Bin Laden: Has Al Qaeda contributed to the rise of murders and has it endorsed death and destruction in Iraq? Have its bombs, explosive devices planted in cars and suicide bombers played a part in increasing the death toll in Iraq? Have victims not fallen in Iraq as a result of your followers strapping themselves up with explosives belts and detonating them to kill innocent people?
You are not in a position to preach or speak or play the hero in the story of murder in Iraq. We sincerely would like to believe your grief and compassion for the dead in Iraq, but the daily realities prevent us from doing so.
Whoever believes that the threat posed by Osama, Al Qaeda and fundamentalism (with all the danger entailed in terms of ideology) has subsided or diminished in any way is deluded, if I may say so.
All that has happened since the September 11 attacks in 2001 was a case of bowing down in the face of the American storm, while disregarding the internal criticism among the Arab and Muslim communities until things ‘pass’. Since then, no changes and nothing new has been proposed and no one cares.
Even the ‘streetwise’ singer Shaaban Abdel Rahim thinks Osama Bin Laden is right and regards him as a hero. He sings:
I commend Bin Laden for the tower he bombed
We want another attack to make the Arabs happy.
This is what Shaaban hopes for, on behalf of the Arabs, a second strike to make them happy. Perhaps that is what Bin Laden is planning for with his new youthful image, to bring everyone back to their youth!