It’s sad to see friends fight

A co-founder of Al-Qaida, now serving a life sentence in an Egyptian prison, has some harsh words for Osama and company:

One of Al-Qaida’s founders, Sayyid Imam al-Sharif, has waged a harsh verbal attack on the terrorist organization’s leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Sharif’s criticism of the Al-Qaida ideology and the failures of its leadership have unleashed a heated debate within the global Jihad movement and it has been publicized in several western media outlets.
Sharif, who is serving a life sentence in a Cairo prison, recently wrote a book in which he said, “every drop of blood that was shed or is being shed in Afghanistan and Iraq is the responsibility of bin Laden and Zawahiri and their followers.”
The Al-Qaida figurehead also said called the September 11 terror attacks immoral and counterproductive.
“Attacking America has become the shortest road to fame and leadership among the Arabs and Muslims,” wrote Sharif, who also goes by the nom de guerre Dr. Fadl. “But what good is it if you destroy one of your enemy’s buildings, and he destroys one of your countries? What good is it if you kill one of his people, and he kills a thousand of yours? That, in short, is my evaluation of 9/11.”
Sharif also criticizes Muslims who move to the West only to perpetrate terror attacks in their adopted countries. “If they gave you permission to enter their homes and live with them, and if they gave you security for yourself and your money, and if they gave you the opportunity to work or study, or they granted you political asylum” wrote Sharif, then it is “not honorable” to “betray them, through killing and destruction.”

Via Tim Blair.
Damian P.

4 thoughts on “It’s sad to see friends fight

  1. FredM says:

    Actually i didnt even read what he said because this guys voice in the media is the biggest problem we face today. The media giving these muslum extremist a voice does nothing but help them spread their own agenda. Thanks media

  2. Expert Tom says:

    I guess a few years in an Egyptian prison has tought this guy a few life lessons. If only our prisons could do the same to Canadian criminals.

  3. Sean Calder says:

    While I certainly welcome his criticisms of Bin Laden et al, I honestly wonder why it took him so many years to come out and say it? How many radicals would have chosen not to participate (in the past) had this man spoken up sooner? Would that have eased some of the losses NATO forces have taken to date?
    “every drop of blood that was shed or is being shed in Afghanistan and Iraq is the responsibility of bin Laden and Zawahiri and their followers.”
    Correct sir. And you are also one of them. You could have spoken out against this years ago, especially when you had some authority within the organization. You also share this blame.

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