Al-Ahram newspaper is a terrorist apologist
The People who run Al Ahram newspaper have got to be kidding me. The reported on their front page the news about the Zawari letter to Zarqawi, but the tone of their reporting was anything but objective. If anything, it seemed to be kind of praising Al Zawahri and ommitting the really disturbing parts of the letter, thus painting Al Zawahri as a moderate. Under the title of "The Al Zawahri guide to islamic caliphate in Iraq" , the newspaper reported that it showed the writer -Zawahri- as someone who gained his experience and wisdom from "Life's hardships" and described the tone of the letter as "mature, clear and filled with convincing arguments". No, really. But anyway, while that is kind of disturbing, what's even more disturbing is the context of the words written in the letter. It's almost as if they are trying to protray Al Qaeda's second man in command as someone who is not a bloodthirsty terrorist. For example: They report him telling Zarqawi that he should stop slaughtering captives on video cameras and broadcasting the event, because of the bad effect it has on the "cause", but fail to mention that in the line right after that one in the letter, where Al Zawahiri advices him to just shoot the captives instead, because "that would achieve that which is sought after without exposing ourselves to the questions and answering to doubts". Nope, no mention of that part at all. Just reporting that Al Zawhiri is upset at the boradcasted slaughter and that he is urging al Zarqawi to stop them. Or another example: they report that Al Zawahri chided him for igniting secterian conflict with the Shiite, that he shouldn't do it or attack their mosques or shrines and how it could be divisive to "the movement" and their supporters, who would never understand the reasoning for such a war. All was said in the letter, but they don't mention Al Zawahiri's opinion of the Shiites sect, whom he calls is based on "falsehood", and how a "collision between any state based on the model of prophecy with the Shia is a matter that will happen sooner or later", but now isn't the time and that even if that's the case, it isn't wise to announce such a war, because attacking the Shiittes will upset Iran, which they need its support right now. No mention of any of that. I think you get the picture. What I don't understand is why Al Ahram reported it that way. Are they stupid, making Al Zawahiri look like a moderate who is against spilling the blood of the inocent? What, do they want to increase public sympathy to Al Qaeda and their terrorist operations or something? Don't they get the implications of what they are doing? I mean, this isn't the MB 's weekly newspaper; this is Al Ahram, the leading egyptian newspaper and one that is state-sponserd and controlled, which means that the egyptian government approved of this protrayel of someone that is actually wanted by them for criminal charges. And, mind you, the article took great pains in making Al Zawahiri look good, and it's on the front page, which means that this was approved by the higher-ups in the government. This had an agenda, and it aimed at making Al Zawahiri, who wants Mubarak dead and its government overthrown, to look good. How the hell did that happen? I mean, it's not really hard to show Al Zawahiri for the blood thristy psycho that he is from that letter. Hell, they don't even need to leave any commentary. All they had to do is publish those excerpts in full and let the people decide for themselves. I doubt many people who will read the full letter or even the excerpets mentioned will come to the same conclusion that the writer of this piece did. So why did they do that? Why make Al Zawahiri look good? If it's done for the same old reason of making the US look bad and the iraqi insurgency look good in Iraq, so that the public would continue to sustain its anti-american presence in Iraq sentiment and by implications their efforts to democratize the region , then they are dumber then I thought. This doesn't promote the Iraqi insurgency or make the US look bad; it just makes Al Qaeda and Al Zawahiri look good, and that's the last thing that this government needs, especially with all the shit that Egypt's been going through this past year. The Egyptian government should realize that their biggest threat isn't the US presence in Iraq and the US pressure to democratize the region, but rather it's the islamist extreemist organizations who want to overthrow it by force and establish a theocracy in egypt. They should relaize that anything that would make the "Al Qaeda crowd" more popular with the public, like this article, shouldn't be allowed on the press, let alone the state-owned newspapers. It's not in their best interest to continue to do that, and it will surely bite them in the ass afterwards. Too bad that means it will bite us all in the ass as well. Morons.