Islamic Terrorism Timeline
- January 5, 1998: Al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya militant, Gharib al-Shahhat, was sentenced to death in Egypt.
- January 5, 1998: An anti-terrorist accord was adopted by Arab League. It worked so well 19 Muslim suicide bombers flew planes into American buildings three years later.
The first official proclamation of the Arab League came in 1948, when its Secretary General asked all Muslims living in "Palestine" to leave so that Arab Muslim armies could wipe the Jews out to the last without interference. Yes, the Palestinian refugee problem was caused by militant Islam, not Zionists.
- January 8, 1998: Muslim terrorist, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, was sentenced to life plus 240 years for the first (1993) World Trade Center bombing.
It was not the only building he blew up. But the Clinton administration, and America's liberal media, preferred blaming the Oklahoma City Bombing on Yousef's neo-Nazi stooges. The fact that the fuel oil and aluminum nitrate truck bombs were virtually identical, was lost on everyone.
- January 19, 1998: In Israel, two HAMAS bomb makers were sentenced to 15 years for bombs used in 2 suicide attacks in Jerusalem.
- January 23, 1998: Pakistani Muslim, Mir Aimal Kasi, was sentenced to death for his shooting rampage outside of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia which killed 5 Americans. He was the son of a wealthy building contractor and was well educated, receiving a Masters in English Literature. He preferred, however, being a mujahideen, or Islamic holy warrior. A decade earlier, his job had been to transport American-supplied weapons from the CIA through Pakistani military bases to al-Qaeda jihadists in Afghanistan. He later became involved in abusiness venture to import Russian electronics into Pakistan, presumably for bombs. After his execution in a Virginia state prison, his body was flown to Quetta, Pakistan where hometown residents welcomed him as a hero. Feeding these boys bodies to pigs would be a much more appropriate and less costly solution.
- February 9, 1998: Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze escaped an assassination attempt as he traveled to his home in Tbilisi, the nation's capital. This represented the second assassination attempt against him in three years. Shevardnadze was not injured, but two bodyguards were killed and four others were seriously wounded. Shevardnadze suggested that the attack could have been related to his country's attempt to be part of the pipeline route transporting Caspian Sea oil to the Black Sea.
- February 18, 1998: Thirty-six Muslim militants who were members of the Islamic Group GIA's (al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya) wave of bombings in France. They were sentenced to as many as 10 years.
- February 24, 1998: Muslim militants associated with Osama Bin Laden issued a fatwa, or Islamic religious edict, that justified attacks on U.S. civilians anywhere in the world.
- March 5, 1998: Israel dismantled a key HAMAS cell which was responsible for Jerusalem suicide bombings the previous year.
- March 6, 1998: In Belgium, Farid Melouk, was sought for aiding the Islamic terrorist group, GIA in their 1995 bombings in France. He was arrested after a 13-hour police siege.
- March 23, 1998: In Algeria, seven GIA (al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya, or Islamic Group) Muslim militants were condemned to death for murder of the Archbishop of Oran.
- March 29, 1998: HAMAS master bomber, Mohieddin al-sharif, was shot dead in Ramallah.
- March 29, 1998: In the Philippines, Abu Sayyaf's Muslim militant group killed 2 kidnap victims in Basilan.
- April 3, 1998: In the United States, the Palestinian truck driver in World Trade Center blast was sentenced to 240 years.
Rather than condemn "Palestinians" as the most uncivil people on the planet, the U.S. has consistently rewarded their terrorist tactics by way of the Camp David Accords, Oslo Accords, and most recently, the American mandate that forced Israel to relinquish Gaza. As a result, Egypt has arranged for Muslims to bring huge cashes of war material into what was productive farmland. Most recently, Israel has been forced to use its military to create a buffer zone so that more of its soldiers aren't kidnapped and so that fewer Palestinian rockets find their targets. And yet, in a world upside down and morally lost, the kidnappers, mass murderers, and terrorists are calling the deterrent response "a crime against humanity." I say, the burden of proof is on the "Palestinians." They need to prove that they are human. Based upon the evidence, I dare say no rational, informed person would come to that conclusion.
- April 13, 1998: Former PKK leader, Semdin Sakik, was captured during a Turkish raid into Iraq.
- April 15, 1998: Somali militiamen, or more accurately, Muslim militants, abducted nine Red Cross and Red Crescent workers at an airstrip north of Mogadishu. The hostages included a U.S. citizen, a German, a Belgian, a French, a Norwegian, two Swiss, and one Somali. The gunmen were members of a sub-clan loyal to Ali Mahdi Muhammad, who controlled the northern section of the capital.
While this might sound like a double posting of an earlier event, it's a different country. In November of 1996, in the Sudan, Muslim militants sponsored by the government kidnapped three Red Cross workers, including a U.S. citizen, an Australian, and a Kenyan.
- April 16, 1998: In a statement published in the official Palestinian Authority newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, Arafat was quoted saying: "O my dear ones on the occupied lands, relatives and friends throughout Palestine and the diaspora, my colleagues in struggle and in arms, my colleagues in struggle and in jihad/holy war...intensify the revolution and the blessed intifada/religious uprising.... We must burn the ground under the feet of the invaders." I'm sure it sounded better played against the staccato music of an AK-47 on automatic mode.
- April 19, 1998: A member of Yasser Arafat's Palestinian political party, Fatah, murdered one American and one Israeli in the West Bank.
- May 3, 1998: Islamic terrorist, Abu Hamadia, was convicted of the murders he perpetrated in a Tel Aviv café.
- May 28, 1998: Pakistan tests its nuclear weapons. The Muslims now have a nuclear bomb.
Unfortunately, the MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) strategy that prevailed in keeping the Russians and Americans from exchanging atomic bombs, won't work with the these Muslims because, unlike the Communists and Secularists, they are mad (in every sense of the word). Muslim militants will think they are serving Allah when they sail these Pakistani nukes into the harbors of America's largest cities and blow themselves to hell. The only thing that will stop them is to make Islam illegal.
- June 2, 1998: The GIA, or "Islamic Group," chief in Algiers, Muhammad Kebaili, was killed in clash with the Algerian army.
- June 3, 1998: Another Mohammad, this one, Muhammad Rashid, was linked to the Organization of May 15, and was arraigned in the U.S. for the 1982 Pan Am 830 bombing.
- June, 1998: The Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation (a recipient of Muslim Alms, or Zakat tax), with "prayer houses" in Ashland, Oregon and Springfield, Missouri, raised over $30,000,000.00 per year for Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. During this time, the Global Relief Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, was raising another $5 million per year for OBL and his gang of Muslim goons.
- June 10, 1998: Osama bin Laden broadened the scope of jihad to include all U.S. citizens in the Middle East. His press release said: "To kill Americans and their allies, civilians and military, is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it, in any country in which it is possible to do it.".
While every American politician, professor, pastor, priest, and media spokesperson who comments publicly on this subject claims that this interpretation of Islam is the result of Osama bin Laden's extreme interpretation or corruption of the religion, the evidence differs. In the Nobel Qur'an, the official textbook of the Saud warlords, and thus the most important book in Islamic mosques around the world, right below Qur'an 2:190, the Qur'an's first mention of Jihad, you'll find this passage: "Jihad is holy fighting in Allah's Cause with full force of numbers and weaponry. It is given the utmost importance in Islam and is one of its pillars. By Jihad, Islam is established, Allah's Word is made superior (which means only Allah has the right to be worshiped), and Islam is propagated. By abandoning Jihad, Islam is destroyed and Muslims fall into an inferior position; their honor is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam on every Muslim. He who tries to escape from this duty, dies with one of the qualities of a hypocrite.".
The plain reading of the words would indicate that Osama bin Laden's interpretation of Allah's Qur'anic instructions to Muslims was identical to that of the world's foremost Islamic scholars. That being the case, the source of the world's pain isn't al-Qaeda, but instead Islam. That being the case, every American politician, professor, pastor, priest, and media spokesperson who comments publicly on this subject is lying. That being the case, Americans are dying in Iraq making the situation worse, not better. That being the case, Yahweh was right when he said: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." (Hosea 4:6).
At his news conference, OBL was prophetic when he said: "We anticipate a black future for America. They shall have to carry the bodies of their sons back to America.".
- June 21, 1998: The U.S. embassy in Lebanon was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades.
- July 7, 1998: In Muslims killing Muslims, the replacement GIA (al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya) leader in Algiers, Khalifi Athmane, was among 11 rebels killed by the government.
- July 7, 1998: The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to give Palestinians a greater role in the U.N., a step towards full membership in the primarily U.S. financed institution.
- July 9, 1998: A bomb blast at a spice market in Istanbul killed 7, injuring 188. The PKK, the Muslim Marxist militant group of Kurds, was responsible.
- July 14, 1998: In Egypt, police killed 2 al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya (GIA) terrorists, Hamza Abdel Yunis and Yehiya Ali Saddik, near Abu Qurqas.
- July 16, 1998: Islamic PKK Kurdish rebels killed 22 Turkish soldiers in a single raid in southeastern Turkey. Muslim militants continue to kill far more Muslims than non-Muslims. No one ever said they were smart.
- July 19, 1998: A HAMAS car bomb attempt in Jerusalem failed, seriously burning the car bomber. He must have missed the one time his teacher at suicide bomber school demonstrated the correct technique.
- July 23, 1998: Palestinian Muslim, Ghazi Abu Mezer, was convicted in a plot to bomb the New York subway. His co-conspirator, Lafi Khalil, was acquitted.
Since Palestinian Muslims are so intent on killing Americans, why is America coercing and compelling Israel to give these murderers their own state?
- August 7, 1998: A bomb planted by good Muslims exploded at the rear entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 12 U.S. citizens, 32 Foreign Service Nationals, and 247 Kenyan civilians. Approximately 5,000 Kenyans, 6 U.S. citizens, and 13 American support personnel were injured. The U.S. Embassy building sustained extensive structural damage. .
- August 7, 1998: A bomb detonated by Islamic terrorists exploded almost simultaneously outside the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 7 U.S. support personnel and 3 Tanzanian civilians. It injured 1 U.S. citizen and 76 Tanzanians. The explosion caused major structural damage to the U.S. Embassy facility.
The U.S. Government held Osama Bin Laden responsible rather than Islam. It was a mistake that would cost 3,000 additional American lives within three years.
The American oversight, did not however absolve al-Qaeda of this crime. They were the tool Allah's religion deployed.
Al-Qaeda, meaning "the Base" in English, is a Salafi Muslim organization. As fundamentalists, they are guided exclusively by the oldest Islamic sources. These include: Allah's Qur'an or Recital whose oldest written fragments date to 725 CE, Muhammad's Sira or Biography compiled by Ishaq in 750 CE (120 years after Muhammad's death), Islam's Ta'rikh or History compiled by Tabari between 870 and 920 CE, and the Hadith or Oral Reports from Muhammad and his Companions compiled by Bukhari and Muslim around 850 CE. As Salafi Muslims, al-Qaeda members strive to obey Allah's orders and follow Muhammad's example. And that is why they are terrorists.
While al-Qaeda is often referred to as Wahhabist, that designation just means that they adhere to the pure, uncorrupted form of Islam lived and taught by Allah's lone messenger and Islam's solitary prophet Muhammad. And that's not good since according to the oldest Islamic sources Allah's prophet was a sexual pervert, a rapist and pedophile, a womanizer and adulterer who was incestuous. Muhammad was actively engaged in armed robbery, mass murder, kidnapping, extortion, and the slave trade. But more than anything, Muhammad was a terrorist. Allah's messenger led 75 terrorist raids during the first ten years of the Islamic Era. .
While al-Qaeda is led by Allah, it was founded by Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Azzam. Today, the Islamic club's ambassadors are Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. We will detail their lives in a moment. But first, let's review how al-Qaeda came to exist.
The inspiration and guidance was provided by Palestinian Islamic cleric and scholar Abdallah Azzam. Dr. Abu Muhammad Abdallah Azzam was the charismatic figure who served as bin Laden's ideologue and spiritual mentor. The Islamic academician named "Slave-to-Allah" taught that Jihad was the personal responsibility of every Muslim to liberate the lands of Islam from infidel control. His mantra was consistent with the definition of Jihad found in the Noble Qur'an's first use of the term:
"Jihad is holy fighting in Allah's Cause with full force of numbers and weaponry. It is given the utmost importance in Islam and is one of its pillars. By Jihad, Islam is established, Allah's Word is made superior, which means only Allah has the right to be worshiped, and Islam is propagated. By abandoning Jihad, Islam is destroyed and Muslims fall into an inferior position. Their honor is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam on every Muslim. He who tries to escape from this duty, dies with one of the qualities of a hypocrite." (Noble Qur'an - Translation of the Meanings in the English Language, definition reference to Qur'an 2:190, page 39, furnished by the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur'an, translated by Dr. Muhammad al-Hilali and Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan of the Islamic University, Al Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).
You should know that the Qur'an defines "hypocrite" in the 9th surah as peace-loving, moderate Muslims who are so vile that Allah will personally attend to their tortures in hell. Therefore, being a peaceful Muslim is a lose-lose scenario. If Muhammad spoke for God and the Qur'an is accurate, Allah hates peaceful Muslims and will personally destroy them. If Muhammad was a lying buffoon, the real hypocrite, then relying upon his religion is a fool's folly.
Osama bin Laden's jihad mentor, and the actual founder of al-Qaeda, the Palestinian professor Dr. Muhammad Abdallah Azzam said: "The love of jihad (holy war) took over my life, my soul, my sensations, my heart and my emotions. If preparing for jihad is terrorism, then we are terrorists. If defending our honor is extremist, we are extremists. If jihad against our enemies is fundamentalism, we are fundamentalists." (Dr. Abdallah Azzam as quoted on commemorative posters printed by HAMAS's Tulkarm Charitable Society).
The professor's words are repeated in books, pamphlets, audio and video cassettes, and they are preached in mosques. He is considered one of the four most outstanding figures of the Islamic struggle in Palestine and around the world. Also included on that list are Hassan al-Bana, who founded the Muslim Brotherhood (from which all modern Islamic terrorist organizations sprang), Sheikh Izzedine al-Qassam, a Syrian Islamic cleric and terrorist whose epic speeches and exploits are considered exemplary, and Ahmad Yassen, the founder of HAMAS.
Dr. Abdallah Azzam attended Islam's foremost academic institution, Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. It was there that he became a student of Islam and joined the Muslim Brotherhood. He received a doctorate in Islamic Law, graduating with honors. With these credentials, you can be assured that Dr. Muhammad Abdallah Azzam's understanding of Islam is consistent with the Islamic scriptures. Osama bin Laden's jihad mentor and religious teacher knows Islam infinitely better than all of the politicians who errantly claim that his student "corrupted, misinterpreted, and hijacked a peaceful religion.".
Following his graduation, and shortly after the Six-Day War, Azzam moved to Jordan. As part of the Muslim Brotherhood, he participated in terrorist raids against Israel in the Jordan Valley. He became a commander of a base in Zarqa, Jordan where Muslim Brotherhood militants were trained so that they could operate in Israel under the Palestinian Fatah flag.
During the 1970s, Azzam taught Islamic Law at the University of Jordan in Amman. But when he used his position to recruit for the Muslim Brotherhood he was fired. Along with other members of the Muslim Brotherhood, he left for Saudi Arabia in 1980.
In 1981 Azzam began teaching Islamic Theology at the King Saud bin Abdul al-Aziz University (named after Saud King Faisal, Muhammad bin Laden's (Osama's father) benefactor) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Osama bin Laden, attended the same school but graduated two years before Dr. Azzam's arrival. But what's important here is that Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Azzam would not have been allowed to teach Islamic Theology at Saudi Arabia's premier state-run university if his interpretation of Islam differed in any appreciable way from that of the Saud family or the Wahhabist clerics they employed.
Now while Saudi Arabia was on the front lines of propagating Salafi Islam, Pakistan was ground zero for implementing fundamentalist Islam. So Dr. Muhammad Abdallah Azzam, at the urging of the Muslim World League, volunteered to teach at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan. This was two years after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, so the Great Jihad was boiling. .
For the next few years, between 1981 through 1984, Dr. Azzam remained on the Saudi payroll while teaching fundamentalist Islam in Pakistan's political capital. But he didn't get a good report card from the Pakistanis who wanted him preparing jihadists rather than being a jihadist. His Saud funding was temporarily suspended and Azzam left Islamabad for Peshawar, where he began teaching at the College for Preaching and Jihad. Simultaneously, he managed the Pakistani offices of the Muslim Brotherhood and was responsible for sending Muslim Brotherhood teachers into Pakistani public and religious schools to promote jihad.
Muhammad Abdallah Azzam first met his star pupil when he was lecturing at the College for Preaching and Jihad in Peshawar, Pakistan, a town near the Afghanistan border. The college educated/indoctrinated many mujahideen (holy warriors) who participated in the Great Jihad against the Soviet Army. For this, Azzam is adulated to this day in the Islamic world.
The Al-Azhar professor laid the foundation for al-Qaeda, the Taliban, HAMAS, as well as most Islamic terrorist organizations. He expounded upon fundamentalist Islam in his fatwah, or Islamic religious edict, entitled: The Defense of Muslim Lands - the Most Important Personal Duty. It has become canonical in the Muslim world. Not only is it distributed by the Taliban and HAMAS, it has become required reading material for all al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic associations. First published in 1984, by the Modern Mission Library in Amman, Jordan, Dr. Abdullah Azzam's book serves as al-Qaeda's Constitution. His fatwah features quotations from the oldest Islamic sources, both Qur'an and Hadith, along with support from leading Muslim clerics in Saudi Arabia.
There is no question that bin Laden was influenced by Azzam's rhetoric and charisma, or that the teacher and student immediately bonded. But this needs to be made clear: Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Azzam didn't tell Osama bin Laden anything he didn't already know. Azzam's interpretations of Islam were identical to those preached in the Saudi mosques and taught in the Saudi schools bin Laden had attended. All Azzam did was distill the essential scriptural sources down so that the conclusion was undeniable and irrefutable - Allah demands that all Muslims fight to the death in his cause. Jihad is compulsory in Islam. The religion is a declaration of war on all mankind.
The cooperation between Dr. Azzam and bin Laden was manifest in what they called "the four institutions and mosques." These were established one after another. When they united, the grew into the infrastructure of al-Qaeda. They were:.
1) Bayt al-Ansar, or the House of the Supporters. As the first institution established by Azzam and bin Laden, BA served to provide infrastructure and logistical support, including food, shelter, clothing, and Islamic study material, for the mujahideen who had come to Pakistan to fight the Russians.
2) Maktab Khadamat, or the Office of Mujahideen Services. Its purpose was to equip the jihadists. It was financed by Saudi Intelligence, the Saudi Red Crescent, the Saud royal family, and by King Faisal himself.
3) While there was never a specified name for the project, the MAK ventured into the construction of training camps. In this endeavor, Abdallah Azzam and Osama bin Laden had two benefactors. The bases were provided courtesy of the Pakistani government by way of their intelligence community known as the ISI. Their weapons were provided by the American CIA - who by this time had already been arming Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan and Afghanistan for four years. (More on that later.).
4) Al-Qaeda al-Subah, or the Firm Base. The original name al-Qaeda al-Subah was chosen by Dr. Muhammad Abdallah Azzam, not bin Laden. It had nothing to do with the database Osama compiled of jihadists as is often reported. The name al-Qaeda al-Subah tells us that the organization was conceived to provide a firm Islamic foundation from which jihadists would succeed at being shaheeds - meaning martyrs who witness to Islam and earn paradise by dying fighting Infidels in Allah's Cause. The purpose of al-Qaeda al-Subah is to prepare Muslims for terrorist operations. That would include religious education, physical training, as well as logistical support for jihad.
Within this structure, Osama bin Laden toiled in the areas of acquiring funding, providing life support for arriving jihadists, building training camps, and allocating American weaponry. Dr. Azzam was engaged in recruiting, preaching Islam, and establishing the firm religious base the Islamic mujahideen would require to fight and die as a jihadist. While Abdullah Azzam and Osama bin Laden were partners in the development of Bayt al-Ansar, Maktab Khadamat, and Al-Qaeda al-Subah, they were not equals. The inspiration for al-Qaeda, its guiding light, was Azzam. The Palestinian professor was al-Qaeda's founder, its spiritual leader, the man who wrote its business plan, and its inspiration. The Saudi student was the technician. In business parlance, Azzam was Founder, Chairman, and CEO while bin Laden was Chief Operating Officer and CFO.
Using Saudi, Pakistani, and American money, Dr. Azzam traveled around the globe, establishing the connections that would lead to al-Qaeda's worldwide network of affiliates. He even visited the United States, participating in an Islamic conference in Oklahoma City in 1988 (the site of an al-Qaeda affiliate's (Abu Sayyaf's) initial strike in the United States). During that trip, he also visited mosques and Islamic schools in Brooklyn, New York, where he successfully recruited jihadists and aided and abetted al-Qaeda's second and third strikes on U.S. soil. While in the United States, Azzam also met with the Islamic Association for Palestine, a cover for HAMAS, designed to transfer tax-exempt dollars from American Muslims to Islamic terrorism. .
Dr. Azzam appears on a video cassette entitled "The Jihad in America" which recorded his visits to the United States in the late 1980s. It was produced by journalist Steve Emerson and was broadcast in America in 1994 - seven years before Azzam's ambitions were fulfilled in New York and Washington.
On November 24, 1989, Abdallah Azzam, al-Qaeda al-Subah's founder and religious leader, was killed along with two of his sons when a bomb exploded in his car in Peshawar, Pakistan. His assassins were either Soviet intelligence agents or representatives of the pro-Soviet regime in control of Afghanistan at the time, or both. .
Today, Dr. Muhammad Abdallah Azzam is known as "Amir Jihad," or the "Leader of the Holy War." After analyzing the fall of the Muslim world he came to the conclusion that the abandonment of jihad was responsible for Islam's decline. He recognized that Islam had been built by the sword and it had died when the swords had been laid down.
Azzam exposed fundamentalist Islamic doctrine that came to permeate the rhetoric of the association he founded. He said that jihad was the vehicle Muslims must deploy to regain their power. He said that any land which had ever been subjected to Islamic rule at any time must be returned to Islamic dominion. He taught that Infidels should not be allowed to tread on Muslim soil. Azzam preached that indiscriminate terrorist attacks on civilian populations were legitimate Islamic practices that had to be deployed to achieve victory.
To verify the veracity of these fatwahs, the Islamic cleric and scholar quoted Islamic Hadith attributable to the prophet Muhammad. He noted that Muslims had a duty and were authorized to attack infidels even if the targets were women and children, and not fighters. His use of Hadith and Qur'an surahs in this regard became the foundation for Islamic terrorism as we know it today.
In his parting salvo, Dr. Azzam wrote an open letter to Muslims he entitled "The Will." It was hauntingly similar to the Nazi recruiting film, Triumph of the Will.
"My fellow Muslims,.
Jihad is your life, jihad is your glory. The substance of your existence is linked by fate to jihad. Fellow preachers, you have no value on this earth beyond that of you destroying the population of cruel rulers, infidels and sinners .
Those of the opinion that the religion of Allah can be victorious without a jihad, without a battle, and without dismembered bodies strewn in every direction only delude themselves. They do not understand the essence of the Islamic religion.
Indeed, veneration for religious Islamic preachers, the might of the message of Islam, and the eminence of Muslims will never be realized without a battle against the infidels. In the words of the prophet Muhammad: "Yea verily will Allah displace from the hearts of your enemies their fear of you, while in your hearts he will certainly plant faintheartedness." And those who heard him asked: "Messenger of Allah, what is faintheartedness?" And the prophet answered: "The love of pleasures as opposed to the hatred of death and aversion to battle." Take the initiative and lead those of this generation who have returned to their sovereign , may your hearts know no fear and yearn not for mundane pleasures. Beware lest you rely upon the luxurious table of cruel rulers, for they will destroy your hearts and extinguish them, separate you from the generation and drive a wedge between your hearts and theirs.".
As we discovered earlier, the Maktab al-Khadamat, or MAK, was a joint venture with the Pakistani government by way of their Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and Saudi Arabia with their OPEC funding and Wahhabi inspiration. Of this alliance from hell, the leader of the British House of Commons correctly wrote: "Bin Laden was a product of monumental miscalculation by western security agencies." He was right. And since this "monumental miscalculation" has obliterated 7,000 American lives in the last ten years, you deserve to know who was responsible.
The policy to equip Islamic fundamentalists was crafted by Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) leader, Zbigniew Brzezinski. At the time he was President Jimmy Carter's mentor and National Security Advisor. Years before the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, Zbigniew Brzezinski conceived, sold, and implemented the plan to lure them in, creating a Russian Vietnam by way of Islamic jihadists.
During this time the American CIA covertly funneled $250 million a year in cash and weaponry to Maktab al-Khadamat, al-Qaeda al-Sudah, and Taliban jihadists. The total to Osama bin Laden's associates ultimately climbed to over a billion dollars. And overall U.S. military aid to Muslim militants in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, exceeded $5 billion. Not only was the Pakistani Taliban the most substantial recipient of CIA weaponry, their Foreign Affairs Minister, the man who was responsible for the Taliban's dealings with the ISI and CIA was Hamid Karzai - George Bush's appointed leader of Afghanistan. .
A little background here is in order because the facts are, America was instrumental in creating both the Taliban and al-Qaeda. At the time Zia was dictator over Pakistan. He worked with the U.S as early as July of 1979 to start arming Pakistani and Afghani Mujahideen to fight against the Soviet-backed government in Afghanistan. The Soviets, who liked the Marxist-Muslim government in Kabul, did not invade until late December - six months later.
This fact was not known at the time and has only come to light recently as CFR, CIA, and NSA officials have jumped up to claim their credit for helping to tear down the Soviet Union. Robert Gates, a former director of the CIA, confessed as much in his memoirs entitled From the Shadows.
But even more revealing is an interview in the French Le Nouvel Observateur in 1998. It was conducted with former American National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski. He said: "According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahideen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet Army invaded Afghanistan, on December 24th, 1979. But the reality, closely guarded until now, is completely otherwise. Indeed, it was July 3rd, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the President in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.".
This is stunning, since the U.S. vilified the Soviet Union for being the aggressor in Afghanistan. Jimmy Carter scoffed at their "lies" when the Soviets claimed they were trying to fight against "the secret involvement of foreign influences in Afghanistan." It was so hypocritical. The holier-than-thou Jimmy Carter boycotted the 1980 Olympics in protest of the Soviet Union's incursion, and set into motion an international anti-Soviet propaganda machine condemning them as aggressors and a threat to world peace, when he himself was the instigator - the man who started a war that killed nearly 15,000 Russians, 7,000 Americans, 1.3 million Afghanis, and as many as 6 million additional people worldwide since that time.
When Council on Foreign Relation's head and National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, was asked if he regretted pulling off such a massive and deadly deception against the world, he replied, "Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, in substance: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam War. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.".
While this was a contributing factor to the demise of the USSR, America's support of the Soviet Union in World War II under somewhat similar pretenses, established the beast in the first place. In other words, when a nation deploys the strategy of the enemy of my enemy is my friend, they manufacture their next foe - and all too often they create a much bigger mess. .
Brzezinski capped off his amazing confession with a callous disregard for the consequences of aiding and abetting Islamic fundamentalists. He asked: "What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Muslims, or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?".
The interviewer, even in the pre-9/11 context of 1998, and being a member of the politically correct, Islam-tolerant French media, threw back, "Some stirred-up Moslems? It has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today." Brzezinski, angered at his interviewer's attempt to hold him accountable for his actions, responded, "Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn't a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western, or Central Asian secularism? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries.".
I'd like to see him tell that same story to the 1,000 American families who have lost loved ones to Islam in Israel, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Libya, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt. Or to the 3,000 American families who lost loved ones to Islam in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on September 11th, 2001. Or to the 3,000 American families who have lost loved ones to Islam in the War of Terrorism since that time in Afghanistan and Iraq. The investment of $5 billion used to fund fundamentalist Muslims to fight the Soviets pales in comparison to the $550 billion the nation has had to spend undoing that damage in the past four years. .
Brzezinski's ignorance of Islam, and his errant comparison of it to Christianity in the West, set the stage for an onslaught of Islamic terrorism that has engulfed the world in fear, enslaved a billion lives with its oppression, and killed 6 million people in thirty-five years. The enemy that he funded is now on the path of nuclear annihilation with America being the prime target. The U.S. had once again manufactured a more lethal enemy than it eliminated. It matters not if the White House occupant is Republican or Democrat. They are all Satan's little helpers and scheming scumbags.
The nature of al-Qaeda changed dramatically after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. Osama bin Laden, who was like a son to the Saud family, negotiated for the right to defend the holy Islamic lands from the secular infidel Saddam Hussein. Fresh off of his victory over the Soviet Union, he promised tens of thousands of armed mujahideen, all amply equipped with American weapons. But he was rebuffed by the Saudi OPECers in favor of George H.W. Bush who had also applied for the job for personal reasons. A former ally, Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, was now a foe.
It would turn out to be among the costliest victory's in American history. As a direct result of being rebuked, Osama bin Laden renounced his government and condemned its dependency upon the United States. He demanded the closure of all American bases in Saudi Arabia and the complete withdrawal of the U.S. military - a demand that America has now met. He then issued his most famous fatwah. Following in the footsteps of his prophet and his mentor, called for the Muslim world to rise up and kill Americans - anywhere and everywhere. .
Most American's are ignorant of these astonishing facts. Had America not deployed its troops to liberate one OPECer from another during Operation Desert Storm, 9/11 would not have occurred. And second, after saving the fundamentalist Islamic Saudis from the secular Iraqis, and after invested another $5 billion in American military bases in Saudi Arabia, the United States cut and ran. Not only are there no longer any American bases or troops in the Saud fiefdom, the oil-drenched royalty would not allow America to use its soil for the reinvasion of Iraq following 9/11. .
The flood of American troops into Saudi Arabia in 1991 revolted OBL and his Islamic associates to the point of rage. This led to Osama's intense hatred of his former ally, America, and to the undermining of the Saud fiefdom in Arabia - pushing them to be ever more repressive and Islamic to survive. Bin Laden then used America's presence in Arabia, and the "crusaders" attack on Iraq, to inflame anti-American sentiment among Muslim militants worldwide.
Bin Laden's criticisms of the Saud warlords that got him expelled to the Sudan where the rejected boy pouted and then plotted his revenge: 9/11. Funded by donations through Islamic charitable fronts such as Benevolence International andKhalid bin Mahfouz's Muwaffaq Foundation, meaning "Blessed Relief,"Osama and his brother-in-law, Muhammad Jamal Khalifa, reestablished their mujahideen operations in the Sudan. Their farms, on land confiscated from native Africans, were used to disseminate Salafi-fundamentalist Islam, to train Muslim militants, and to recruit jihadists from mosques in the Philippines, Indonesia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England, and the United States.
So that we understand the environment in which he flourished, Arab Muslims in the Sudan, before, during, and after OBL's tenure there, conducted the most horrific genocide since the Holocaust - killing 2.7 million non-Muslim Africans in 20 years. Many of the murderers were corrupted on bin Laden's farms in the Sudan, although to be fair, bin Laden was a late arrival to this party.
Osama bin Laden's terrorist activities included training in the Qur'an and the use of explosives. He was supported by the Muslim warlord, Dr. Hassan ‘abdAllah al-Turabi - the head of the National Islamic Front, and Sudanese dictator. As is true with most of the Islamic world, terror is state sponsored, the official business of Islam. Al-Turabi established Sharia law in the Sudan which made any religion other than Islam illegal. During this time, bin Laden and his Islamic pals began planning and executing a series of attacks. These include the murders of U.S. troops in Riyadh and Dahran, Saudi Arabia as well as in Kenya and Tanzania. .
However, in the midst of the Sudanese holocaust, Osama bin Laden became a lightening rod, and a distraction. America was more interested in capturing him on behalf of the Sauds than the nation was protecting millions of Africans from continued slaughter at the hands of the Islamic government forces. Consequently, the Sudan expelled OBL to Afghanistan so that they could go on killing Africans without interruption.
Bin Laden's first blood against U.S. citizens occurred on December 29, 1992. He planned the bombing of the Gold Mihor Hotel in Aden, Yemen. The Yemeni hotel had served as home for 100 American troops who were part of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.
There was some financial evidence, some say, that OBL supported Ramzi Yousef and Sheikh Ar-Rahman in their 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. Others now suggest that some of those who killed 18 U.S. Rangers in Mogadishu in 1993, were trained by bin Laden when he was in the Sudan. The Saudi's believe Osama inspired the bombing of the Khobar military complex in Saudi Arabia that left 21 U.S. soldiers dead.
OBL is now such a legend and hero in the Islamic world, it's hard to know which terrorist attacks he was actually responsible for. Those who want to distance terrorism from Islam always blame Osama bin Laden, saying "the terrorists are suspected to have links to al-Qaeda." In actuality, all of the terrorists, including OBL, have links to Islam. That is the one thing that connects them all.
When bin Laden returned to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mujahideen leader, Abdul Rasuul Sayyaf, received him with open arms. Within no time, bin Laden formed close ties with like-minded Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan's new Pakistani-backed Taliban government. He and Muslim Mullah Muhammad Omar became allies and started working together. While they were no longer funded by the American CIA, Pakistan's ISI and Saudi Arabia were still providing substantial support. .
In Afghanistan, Osama rekindled his relationship with Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Jihad and al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya (the Islamic Group) who had visited during the Great Jihad. They would ultimately merge their Muslim militant clubs into one organization.
Their first act of terrorism together suggested that al-Zawahiri was in command. In 1997 they perpetrated the Luxor massacre which killed 62 tourists at the Egyptian temple to the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. The modus operandi included beheadings and disembowelments. Interestingly, Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak blamed the U.K. for the attack because they had granted asylum to the Islamic militant leaders who had inspired the raid. So had the United States.
In 1998, bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri cosigned their most famous fatwa, or binding religious edict. It read: "The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies, civilians and military, is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty Allah: ‘and fight the infidels all together as they fight you all together,' and ‘fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevails only the religion of Allah.'".
Both quotes were directly from the Qur'an as are most of bin Laden's and al-Zawahiri's edicts. They would later say: "We are following in Muhammad's footsteps." They were telling the truth. It is the West who is lying about them.
Also in 1998, al-Qaeda's bombed to American Embassy bombings in Africa. In 2000, they attacked the USS Cole in Yemen. September 11th, 2001 was their most infamous assault on America but they have been relentless ever since. Actually, America has made it easy for them. Rather than al-Qaeda having to send their operatives half way around the world, the targets have come to al-Qaeda. The arrival of "crusading infidels" in Afghanistan and Iraq has created the Second Great Jihad and a target rich environment for jihadists.
Today, Al-Qaeda's philosophy is identical to that crafted by Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Azzam. They seek to overthrow un-Islamic regimes in lands once ruled by Islam and replace them with fundamentalist Islamic theocracies. Israel is such a place and the United States is seen as aiding an abetting the Jewish enemy.
Al-Qaeda however is more of an association than an organization - a loose confederation of like-minded Islamic groups. They exist in the spiritual, rather than material realm, which is why the West neither understands them nor combats them effectively. While their carnage is certainly physical, the assets they deploy are mostly religious.
Al-Qaeda will ally with Islamic terrorist groups anywhere in the world to further their goals. These include Islamic clubs fighting Muslim governments with allegedly apostate rulers such as Egypt, Algeria, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq (pre-invasion), Jordan, and Syria. They ally with Salafi organizations fighting regimes perceived to oppress their Muslim citizens, such as Kosovo, India, Kashmir, Russia, and Indonesia. And they support Islamic terrorists fighting to establish their own Islamic states, such as Palestine, Chechnya, Dagestan and Mindanao.
Al-Qaeda supports their allied terrorist associations by training group members in its camps, both mentally and spiritually, and by sending its members out to help other Islamic groups succeed in their missions. Surprising to most, the overwhelming majority of al-Qaeda trainees are militant militia fighters rather than terrorists. They have been trained to operate in civilian militias with an Islamic clerical command and control structure. Nearly 3,000 Americans have been murdered by Islamic guerilla tactics in Iraq, so the nation should be more cognizant of this truth than it is. The same kind of paramilitary units are ravaging Kashmir. It is estimated that as few as 5% of al-Qaeda's trainees are terrorists, meaning that 95% are militia militants prepared to execute guerilla tactics. But I suppose the confusion lies in the fact that Americans have been led to believe that the enemy is terrorism, not Islam. Yet terror is simply a tactic. When we don't know who the enemy is or what words mean, we have no hope of success.
Al-Qaeda's members know who they are - good Muslims. They know who their leader is - Allah. They know whose example they are following - Muhammad's. These guys are veterans. Most of al-Qaeda's members have served in mujahideen and terrorist campaigns in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kashmir, Mindanao, Chechnya, Lebanon, Israel, Nagorno-Karabakh, the Sudan, Somalia, Algeria, and Egypt.
Al-Qaeda's most famous Muslim is known by many names: Abu Abdallah, Abd al-Hakim, Al Hajj, Mujahideen Sheikh, Sheikh bin Laden, The Contractor, and The Director. He was born Osama bin Laden in 1957 to Muhammad bin Laden, originally of Yemen. The elder bin Laden was a womanizer, having married 22 times. Osama was the 17th of 55 children the religious zealot and money-grubbing pervert fathered. OBL's mother was Muhammad bin Laden's 10th wife, Alia Ghanem. She was a Syrian. Therefore, Osama's genes were from Yemen and Syria, but that is not what made him bad. It was his Saudi upbringing.
Osama bin Laden was just ten-years-old when his father died but his influence on his son was immense. At the time of his father's death, the man who would become the world's most infamous terrorist, was being indoctrinated in fundamental Salafi/Wahhabi Islam in schools and mosques under the control of Saud royal family - schools and mosques built by his father. The beast who would murder thousands of Americans was manufactured by the religion of Islam in religious and academic facilities supported by the Saud warlords, build by the bin Laden company, and funded by OPEC. The West paid the tab for the feudal factories that made the terrorists that killed them.
It all began in 1964 when Prince Faisal (Saud bin Abdul Aziz) deposed his half-brother, King Saud, and began rebuilding the fiefdom which had squandered its OPEC fortune in meaningless personal indulgences and excess. From what we can tell, King Abdul Aziz, known in the West as King Faisal, was pleased with the construction work Muhammad bin Laden was doing on his $1.1 billion royal palace enlargement project. As a reward, the Saud king and dictator issued a royal decree awarding all future construction projects in Saudi Arabia to bin Laden's construction company. The OPEC monopoly created a construction monopoly, all working in harmony with a destruction monopoly known as Islamic terrorism.
Muhammad bin Laden would make his initial fortune from having the exclusive rights to all mosques, religious buildings, and Islamic schools in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Middle East - including the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem where his firm continues to destroy the Temple Mount. And this means that Muhammad bin Laden built the facilities that corrupted his son Osama into becoming the world's best-known Islamic terrorist. It also means that the West paid the bill by way of OPEC. Worse, it means that when five American presidents partnered with this family, they aided and abetted terrorism.
During his life, Muhammad bin Laden became a Sheikh and one of King Abdul Aziz's closest associates. All the while, Muhammad bin Laden was a devout fundamentalist Muslim and he demanded that his children observe his strict Wahhabist religious code. So in death, he left an enduring, yet foreboding legacy. In the September 3rd, 1967 entry to the Islamic Terrorism Timeline, I detailed the financial history of Muhammad bin Laden and how it influenced the fortunes of the American presidents - most especially George W. Bush and his dad. I won't repeat that information here.
We know that Osama was raised a devout Sunni Muslim, as were and are all Saudi children. He and his fellow Saudis are Salafi/fundamentalists, known in the West as Wahhabists - the purest form of Islam. They are indoctrinated in their schools, in their mosques, in their political assemblies, and by their media. There is no voice of moderation in Saudi Arabia.
From 1968 to 1976 Osama bin Laden attended class in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His school was funded by Saudi king, Faisal bin Addul Aziz and built by his father. It was there that he leaned what he knows about Islam. In Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Education publishes textbooks for mandatory Islamic studies. Parts read as if they were excerpts from bin Laden's fatwahs. And that's because they are singing from the same hymnal. The Qur'an is a declaration of war on all mankind and Muhammad, Allah's lone messenger, was a terrorist. We should not be surprised that 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were educated by the Sauds.
Approved eighth-grade texts teach that "the Jews are apes...while the swine are the Christians." They say this because it is what the Qur'an says. A 12th-grader in Saudi Arabia learns that, according to Muhammad and Allah: "Jihad (holy war) is a violent struggle against Jews, Christians, and peaceful, moderate Muslims who don't follow Allah's instructions and Muhammad's example.".
The highest raking Islamic cleric in Saudi Arabia, and the Saud warlord's favorite imam, al Buraik, said this on Saudi state-controlled television: "I am against America. She is the toot of all evils and wickedness on earth. Muslims, don't take Jews and Christians as allies. Muslim brothers do not have any mercy or compassion on them, their blood, their money, or their flesh. Their women are yours to take, legitimately. Allah made them yours in his Qur'an. Why don't you enslave their women? Why don't you wage jihad? Why don't you pillage them?".
This was the example Muhammad established for Muslims to follow. It is why Muslims do these things. This is what Osama bin Laden was taught in his Saudi classroom. It is why he kills. It is why he plunders. Therefore, he has not corrupted Islam, Islam corrupted him.
When bin Laden's father died, he left his young son $80 million dollars - money that came directly from Saudi OPEC crude. Eleven years later, one of the most uncivil men who has ever lived, graduated from King Abdul-Aziz University, in Jeddah, with a degree in civil engineering. Every step of the way, the world's most famous terrorist was educated in Saudi state-controlled mosques and schools.
At 17 Osama married the first of five wives. One, author Kola Boof, claims that she was kept in Morocco as a sex slave against her will. Since that time, bin Laden has fathered 24 children. Two of his sons, Omar and Abdallah bin Laden, organized the U.S. branch of the World Congress of Muslim Youth in Falls Church, Virginia during the 1990s.
If you are wondering why Osama's sons were allowed to establish an Islamic center just outside Washington, or why they were allowed to leave after 9/11/2001, the answer is George Bush authorized their departure and his administration prevented the FBI from investigating Omar and Abdallah bin Laden and their World Congress of Muslim Youth. The reason: because it would be embarrassing to the Sauds and George W. Bush cares more about them than Americans. They are his partners after all. .
The BBC and the British Guardian reported in November 2001: "High placed intelligence sources in Washington told us this week, ‘There were always constraints on investigating the Saudis and the restrictions became worse after the Bush administration took over this year. We were told to "back off" when it came to investigating bin Laden's family and their ties to the Saudi royals. We were also told not to investigate links which suggest that the Saudis have acquired Pakistani nuclear weapons.'".
The behavior would be manifest twice more the following year. When the Rand Corporation published their report for the Pentagon examining the connection between the Saudis and Islamic terrorism, the Bush administration had the document suppressed, its conclusions repudiated, and the team responsible for it fired. Shortly thereafter, the 19-page segment of the 9/11 Commission Report dealing with the Saudis was blacked-out and classified. This administration has something to hide. The truth is, the Bush's are in bed with the Saudis, including even the bin Ladens.
The introduction to the London Guardian's story, dateline, November 7, 2001 reads: "FBI and military intelligence officials in Washington say they were prevented for political reasons from carrying out full investigations into members of the Bin Laden family in the U.S. before the terrorist attacks of September 11. U.S. intelligence agencies have come under criticism for their wholesale failure to predict the catastrophe at the World Trade Centre. But some are complaining that their hands were tied. FBI documents shown on BBC Newsnight and obtained by the Guardian show that they had earlier sought to investigate two of Osama bin Laden's relatives in Washington and a Muslim organization, the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), with which they were linked. The FBI file, marked Secret and coded 199, which means a case involving national security, records that Abdullah bin Laden, who lived in Washington, had had a file opened on him ‘because of his relationship with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth - a suspected terrorist organization.'" Yes, America, your president is more interested in protecting the Saudis than he is you. Now, why would that be.
The soft-spoken bin Laden now suffers from kidney disease. His egotistical aliases and nicknames are: the Prince, the Emir, the Slave to Allah, the Sheikh of the Mosque, the Director, and the Samaritan. He currently lives in Pakistan, probably in Peshawar, where he and Dr. Azzam established al-Qaeda with the support of the Carter Administration, the American CIA, the Pakistani government through their ISI, and the OPEC warlords corrupting Saudi Arabia.
The return to Pakistan means that Osama bin Laden and company are but one breath away from their ultimate prize - a nuclear arsenal. Moving al-Qaeda's leadership out of Afghanistan into Pakistan, the only Islamic country with nuclear weapons, will prove to be the most foolish thing America has ever done.
I have predicted that Osama bin Laden would die of kidney failure, but that it will make no difference. Al-Qaeda survived the death of its founder Dr. Azzam, and it will survive the death of its current voice, because the leader of al-Qaeda is Allah - the demented spirit known only through the words and deeds of his lone messenger, Muhammad. I have also predicted that al-Qaeda will obtain the nuclear weapons they seek and they will deploy them, but not in Israel, in America. They will sail them into America's largest cities and destroy the nation as we know it. Thus far, I have predicted many things regarding the war on terror that have come true. It is not that I am a prophet, just informed.
When Osama bin Laden returned to Afghanistan, he rekindled his relationship with Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, a Muslim Brotherhood member, the founder of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and a leader in al Jihad and al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya (the Islamic Group). They would ultimately merge their Muslim militant clubs into one organization.
Since al-Qaeda today is no less, al-Zawahiri's, let's examine his credentials. Born to a middle class Egyptian family between 1951 and 1953, he is a physician, author, and poet. At fourteen, Ayman joined the Muslim Brotherhood. Two years later, at 16, he joined al Jihad.
Ayman al-Zawahiri was a follower of Sayyid Qutb, the father of modern jihadism. Sayyid Qutb received a Masters on scholarship to the University of Northern Colorado. He returned the generosity by telling Muslims to hate America. Upon his return to Egypt, Qutb, who was al-Zawahiri's mentor, just as Azzam was bin Laden's, was made responsible for public education. In other words, Egypt had entrusted the minds, hearts, and souls of its children to the Muslim Brotherhood.
It was during this time that Qutb wrote two books, Signposts Along the Way and In the Shade of the Qur'an. They serve to inform Muslims that jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam. Qutb, more than any modern Muslim, insisted that all non-Muslims were the enemy of their religion. But don't think for a moment that Qutb was a shallow, one-dimensional, jihad only type. He was first and foremost, a Qur'an scholar, just like his disciples, the blind professor and sheikh Ar-Rahman (the first World Trade Center bombing) and Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri (the second World Trade Center bombing).
Suitably indoctrinated, Ayman al-Zawahiri moved to Afghanistan in the 1980s to join the mujahideen and fight the Great Jihad. There, he joined Dr. Abdallah Azzam and Osama bin Laden who were engage with their House of Supporters, known as the MAK. Al-Zawahiri blossomed under the religious tutelage of Dr. Azzam and became a first-rate jihadist.
Eventually, Ayman al-Zawahiri came to hate the somewhat secular Egyptian government so much, he founded Egyptian Islamic Jihad to wage war against his own country. And as we now know, he merged this organization into al-Qaeda, setting a pattern others would follow. During their tenure together, OBL provided OPEC funding and logistical support while AZ supplied the Qur'anic ideology and operational leadership.
After the Great Jihad was won, al-Zawahiri returned to Egypt, where he became the most outspoken of Muslim militants. In late 1996, al-Zawahiri was arrested in Russia for recruiting jihadists in Chechnya. Rather than deal with him, the Russians took Ayman to the Azerbaijani border and released him. The French and the Americans didn't have a monopoly on stupidity in this regard.
Ayman has been indicted for conspiracy to kill United States nationals, to murder, to destroy buildings and property of the United States, and to destroy National Defense utilities of the United States, largely in connection with the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. In 1999, he was sentenced to death in absentia in Egypt. The U.S. State Department has a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest.
Shortly after their reunion in 1998, Ayman and Osama issued their joint fatwah under the title "World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders." It elevated both men to prominence in the Muslim world. They also created their United Jihad Council which serves to coordinate terrorist attacks and allocate resources where they are needed.
The biggest problem with Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden isn't their terrorist assaults on Americans and Jews. It is that they and their club have been made out to be the enemy, when they are really just a symptom. When David Long, a State Department official and "terrorism expert" said "If you were to kill Osama tomorrow, the al-Qaeda organization would disappear," he displayed the kind of ignorance that enables the bloody hand of Islam. OBL and AZ are simply good Muslims and there are millions more like them. Killing one or both will make as little difference a capturing Saddam Hussein. If you will recall, terrorism in Iraq escalated exponentially after his incarceration. And that's because he was never the problem - merely an irritating distraction.
The 9/11 suicide bombers didn't kill for Osama, they died for Allah and Islam. They were following Muhammad's example and Allah's orders, not Osama's. They screamed the Islamic Prayer of Fear: "Allahu Akbar - Allah is the Greatest," not Osamau Akbar, Zawahiriu Akbar, or even Azzamu Akbar.
America has lashed out at a symptom, and not the disease, so sometime in the next 10 to 20 years, the disease will sail nuclear bombs into the nation's largest cities and detonate them. While Islam will be at fault, Americans will only have themselves to blame.
- August 20, 1998: Turning Osama bin Laden from a relatively unknown Mujahideen, into the most revered Muslim in the world, virtually overnight, the Clinton administration fired 70 cruise missiles at Muslim militant training centers in Afghanistan and the Sudan in retaliation for embassy bombings. Muslims around the world reckoned that anyone worth 70 million-dollar-bombs had to be important.
A part of the story that is seldom told is that OBL has better intelligence than the CIA. The target of the cruise missile barrage snuck out of the Khost training camp just before it was hit. America spent $70 million dollars shattering some wooden huts, blowing holes in the sand, and scaring some poor camels to death. To be fair, the CIA claims that America mutilated a number of would be terrorists in the attack and al-Qaeda says that two dozen Afghani women and children were killed.
The reason that bin Laden's life was spared was because Bill Clinton's Secretary of State, Madelyn Albright, called the Pakistani government hours before the missiles arrived. Since the Taliban and al-Qaeda worked for the Pakistanis, they warned their friends of the impending attack. Should you be of the belief that 9/11 would not have happened without bin Laden, then the Secretary of State's foolish phone call cost American's 3,000 civilian lives, the lives of 3,000 soldiers, and well over $500 billion.
- August, 1998: The fundamentalist Islamic regime of the Taliban in Afghanistan, an organization built by, managed by, trained by, funded and equipped by the Pakistan government, murdered between 4,000 to 6,000 Hazara Shiites. Islam made these militant madmen racist, intolerant, hateful, and violent. It's little wonder liberal secular humanists in the media find them worthy of protecting and those who expose and condemn them worth attacking and hating. Hypocrites have an affinity for one another. .
- August 22, 1998: Two days after the failed cruise missile attack on Afghanistan, Iraq, longing for the good ole days with their fellow OPECers, when greed was personal and good, grew weary of the U.N. oil cartel and forced the "humanitarian" dictators out of their country. As a result, the conniving and greedy socialist secular humanist liars atop the United Nations said: "Saddam Hussein has produced thousands of liters of weaponized anthrax and botulinum toxin, more than enough to kill every human on earth." It wasn't true, but they didn't much like having their oil cartel ripped from their slimy hands. If they could aid and abet a good enough lie, perhaps the U.S. would sacrifice its sons to return the crude cartel back to the UN cons just as they had done for the Kuwait emirs a few years earlier. .
- August 25, 1998: In South Africa, Muslims bombed the Planet Hollywood restaurant in Capetown, killing 1 and injuring 24.
- August 27, 1998: In the Philippines, Abu Sayyaf leader, Sallani, was captured in Zamboanga. A very good Muslim, he was wanted for 25 different murders.
- August 28, 1998: Merciful and civilized as their religion, Islamic suicide bombers in Israel continued lacing their bombs with rat poison and filling them with nails. One such bomb exploded in Tel Aviv, mutilating 21 innocent people.
- September 10, 1998: In the Philippines, Islamic terrorists associated with Abu Sayyaf, kidnapped a Taiwanese woman and 3 others. The same day an Italian priest was kidnapped in Sibuco.
- September 17, 1998: Two suspects in the Nairobi Embassy bombing, Haroun, Fazil, Wadih el Hage, were indicted. To everyone's surprise, they turned out not to be Southern Baptist Boy Scouts.
- October 7, 1998: Four members of Bin Laden's al Qaeda (the base) group were indicted in a conspiracy to kill Americans.
- October 19, 1998: In Israel, a grenade attack on the Beersheba bus terminal wounded 67. In a needless press release, HAMAS claimed responsibility.
I find it stunning that the world is clamoring for HAMAS, the Islamic Resistance Movement, now that they have been democratically elected to represent the "Palestinian people" by a two-thirds vote, to edit their charter, removing the clauses which endorse terrorism as a tactic and which call for the destruction of Israel. It is as if erasing some words on a blood-soaked page will magically undue the damage Islam has done. Muhammad's legacy has made Muslims killers. Until the world calls for a ban on Islam there will not be a ban on terror. .
- October 20, 1998: Syria and Turkey signed an accord in Damascus in which the Syrians pledged to halt their support of the Kurdish Marxist Muslim resistance group known as the PKK. The need to halt their support means that the Shiite imams in Iran were funding the PKK by way of Hizballah.
- October 21, 1998: Israel sentenced 2 HAMAS militants to life for series of attacks, including the Tel Aviv café bombing.
- October 25, 1998: Proving that no place was safe from Islam, in Ecuador the Egyptian leader of the Luxor masseur, and al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya leader, Muhammad Ubayd Abdel al-Ubayd, was extradited.
The bottom line is: there are too many Muhammad's in this world. Fortunately, there won't be any in the next.
- October 27, 1998: In Paraguay, Hizballah chief, Soubhi Mahmoud Fyad, was arrested on suspicion of aiding the AMIA attack.
- October 28, 1998: The Algerian army killed 13 GIA (al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya) Islamicists. In their underground hideouts, bombs were found.
- October 28, 1998: A car bomb attack on the Gaza Strip killed 2, wounding several. HAMAS claimed responsibility for the killings. They were proud of what they were doing.
- October 29, 1998: A HAMAS suicide bomber killed an Israeli soldier, injuring 3 civilians in a car bomb attack aimed at a school bus.
- October 30, 1998: Police raided a hijacked Turkish Airlines plane after a seven-hour standoff. They killed the PKK hijacker and freed 38 hostages.
While there is no question the Islamic Kurds have been systematically hunted down and killed by Islamic regimes in Turkey and Iraq, it's hard to feel sorry for them when you read about their savagery.
- November 6, 1998: In Israel, a suicide car bomb exploded in a Jerusalem market killing the 2 attackers and wounding 25. Palestine Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. They were under their quota of murders for the year so they hastily sent out a poorly trained crew.
- November 13, 1998: In Italy, Islamic PKK leader Abdullah (which means "Slave-to-Allah") Ocalan was arrested in Rome as he arrived on a flight from Moscow.
- November 15, 1998: The 11-year-old son of a U.S. businessman was didnapped and held for a $1 million ransom.
- November 27, 1998: A bomb on a bus bound for Istanbul killed 4, injuring 17. The Socialist Islamic PKK was suspected.
- November 27, 1998: A mine blast killed 2 Israeli soldiers, wounding 4. Hizballah (Allah's Party) claimed responsibility.
- December 19, 1998: In the Philippines, the Libyan-trained Abu Sayyaf leader, Ab-durajak Abubakar Janjalani, died in gunfight on Basilian Island.
- December 20, 1998: Germany extradited to the U.S., Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, a prime suspect in the Kenyan and Tanzanian Embassy bombings, and a comrade of Osama Bin Laden. Turned out he wasn't a Southern Baptist, either.
- December 23, 1998: In Gaza, Yasser Arafat ordered Sheikh Yassin, who was being held for an earlier bomb plot against Jews, freed from house arrest.
- December 28, 1998: Flush with oil, the Islamic Army of Aden-Abyan, of Al-Jihad, in Yemen kidnapped 16 Western tourists. Four hostages were killed during the rescue bid by security forces.