OSINT News came across an article written by Emad El Din Adeeb in the Asharq Alawsat, a leading Arabic daily newspaper. We read his writings often in our osint research and consider him to be a reliable source to interpret the inner workings of the Arab world and their perception of the US. Recently, he discussed the assassination of the US ambassador and three other US embassy staff in Benghazi, and defined it as a terrible crime and a political disaster by any standard, not just in terms of US – Libyan relations, but Washington’s relations throughout the entire region.
Emad El Din Adeeb posed an excellent question to his Arabic readers. He wondered how the White House, State Department and Pentagon are interpreting this tragic event- Are there questions among them being raised whether this is the thanks and gratitude the US deserves from a country and people they helped politically, financially, militarily and security-wise? He brought up the point that, until now, his country did not know the true identity of who carried out this heinous crime, but he added that fingers are being pointed at forces comprised of remnants of the Gaddafi regime.
He also reports that there is unconfirmed theory that a section of the al Qaeda organization, which last year transferred from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen, is now bedded down in three other territories- Libya, Syria and the Sinai Peninsula.
It is not uncommon to see the black al Qaeda banner being raised in Yemen or Cairo’s Tahrir Square. It is no coincidence that the assassination of the US ambassador in Benghazi and the huge protests outside the American embassy in Cairo took place on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It is also no surprise that the al Qaeda flag was raised outside the walls of the US embassy last week.
Emad El Din Adeeb also stated that “It is no longer surprising to see, on our television screens, trucks equipped with machine guns manned by mask figures brandishing the black al Qaeda banner”.
OSINT News believes al Qaeda is not on the road to defeat, but is strengthening more now than ever before. It still maintains a central organization with a unified command in xxcharge of violence and terrorist operations throughout the world. There has been a huge shift following the killing of its infamous leader Osama Bin Laden. Today, under Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda now follows different approaches based on establishing branches wherever crises are taking place, thus securing a wide-spread international presence. According to Emad El Din Adeeb, this new al Qaeda policy of establishing branches and units across the region will make it difficult for armies, regimes and conventional intelligence services to counter them.
He further wrote in the Asharq Alawsat, “This situation will create a state of turmoil and chaos that cannot be controlled, not just during the era of the Arab Spring, but following this. The current assassination attempts against Yemeni officials following regime change, the Benghazi operation following the collapse of the Gaddafi regime and the protests outside of the US embassy after Mursi came to power, represent evidence that al Qaeda lives on as a new chapter in the post-Arab Spring era”.
OSINT News agrees with US policy makers inside the Obama administration and within the Intelligence Community (IC) who believe the attack on the US Libyan embassy and the recent killings were purposeful, coordinated and pre-planned... by the new al Qaeda that Emad El Din Adeeb describes. We also believe that the ultra-right religious factions in the US may result in many more American deaths throughout the Middle East. The ridiculous video which spawned this recent chaos by a right-wing evangelical christian isn't the first time such chaos was instigated. Most Christians do not hate Muslims. However, America's new right-wing, evangelical "Christians" are bigoted and prejudiced enough to do so. It's unfortunate that the masses of Muslims and Christians cannot chastise the tiny percentage of their peers who decide to become terrorists and bigots. Perhaps our Intelligence Community (IC) and State Department can join hands and, in some way, afford them avenues to do so?
OSINT News brings up a bigoted right-wing Christian who mended his ways. In the 1980s, a man named Siljander was a conservative republican from Michigan who entered Congress roughly the same time Newt Gingrich and Tom Delay did. He was prepared to mold the world into his own fundamental right-wing religious mindset. A staunch member of the Religious Right, he even walked out of the National Prayer Breakfast when a speaker quoted from the Qur'an.
After he lost his reelection (Thank goodness), he scrutinized the Bible, searching for passages that said it was his mission
to convert others in order to save them from eternal damnation. He came up with zilch and couldn't even find a passage saying that Jesus set out to form a new religion. This discovery was the first step on a spiritual and political journey that started with an in-depth linguistic study of the Bible and led to the discovery that Christianity and Islam share many base words and concepts.
Ironically, Siljander became United Nations ambassador and began sharing his insights on the common grounds shared by both Islam and Christianity. He traveled to unfriendly places around the globe, like Libya, Sudan, Pakistan, and India and tried to forge relationships with both heads of state and religious leaders. Is it possible that this man's quest could be a way to radically shift the present religious landscape and help heal the rift between Islam and the West? Could we have global summits between Muslim and Christian leaders to ascertain where the agree and disagree?
OSINT News researched the book Because They Hate. It is not advertised on this post, but we recommend you obtain it through other retail outlets. It describes Brigitte Gabriel, who
Because They Hate describes the true nature of radical Islam and warns that the US is threatened by fundamentalist Islamic theology in the same way Lebanon was. Radical Islam will stop at nothing short of domination of all non-Muslim countries. Gabriel saw this mission start in Lebanon and remains outspoken about it. She sees in the West a lack of understanding and a blatant ignorance of the ways and thinking of the Middle East and points out mistakes the West has made in consistently underestimating the single-mindedness with which fundamentalist Islam has pursued its goals over the past thirty years.
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