Al-Zawahri a women's rights activist?
Al-Qaida number two Ayman al-Zawahri released a statement that condemned the assaults carried on egyptian females on the day of the referendum, you know, after the usual " We must drive the zionist and americans out of the land of Mohamed" and " any reform has to be according to the sharia" and the always popular "we have to fight for god in order to get freedom" rhetoric. You know, basically all of his greatest hits. In the video, the Egyptian-born al-Zawahri is seen speaking with a machine gun next to him. Al-Zawahri's message is particularly critical of the Pakistani, Saudi Arabian and Egyptian governments. "Driving out the invading crusader forces and Jews from our Muslim homes cannot be realised solely through demonstrations and speaking out in the streets," he said. "Reform and expelling the invaders from Muslim countries cannot be accomplished except by fighting for the sake of God." [...] Al-Zawahri referred to protest-demonstrations in Cairo last month against the Egyptian constitutional referendum in which female protesters and several female reporters were allegedly molested by plain-clothed ruling party supporters. Al-Zawahri, considered to be Osama bin Laden's second in command, criticised what he said were violations of women's rights during the Egyptian protests. Cause you know, him and Bin Laden, are all for women's rights! The funny thing was reading Al-Ahram's spin.. i mean version of the tape released. Basically in a small excerpts on page 6 they said that Al Zawahiri released a new tape condemning foreign interference and western-like european reform in arab countries, and was critical of a number of arab governments, while not specifiying which governments or the reasons. LOL We definitely live on Spin Alley over here in the good ole Middle East! UPDATE: Go read Nadz's excellent post on Al Zawahiri's statements. Me and that girl are definitely telepathic!