In the exclusive interview with CNN, Mohamed al-Zawahir proposes to mediate a peace deal between the West and Islamists, saying he is in a unique position to help end the violence as long as the West is willing to make certain concessions. “The portrayal of al-Qaeda’s ideologies and mine: that it’s blood thirsty, barbaric, or terrorist, is not true at all,” says Mohamed.
It was only a few days ago that al-Qaeda operative Mohamed Al-Zawahiri, the younger brother of Osama bin-Laden’s successor as al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, justified the 9/11 attacks in an interview on Al-Jazeera.
UK Daily Mail Mohamed al-Zawahiri spent 14 years in Egyptian jail on charges including terrorism and involvement in the 1981 assassination of President Anwar Sadat 1981 – although he denies the charges.
Since his release in May he has written a proposal that he says will end al Qaeda’s jihad against the West. al-Zawahiri’s six-page proposal offers a 10-year truce if the following terms are met. (DING DING DING! “TEN YEARS” is the operative word here. Under Islam, Muslims are only allowed to enter into a peace treaty with their enemies for 10 years. After that, the terms become null and void) In brief they are:
• for the U.S. and West to stop intervening in Muslim lands
• for the U.S. to stop interfering in Muslim education
• for the U.S. to end the war on Islam
• and for the U.S. to release all Islamist prisoners (including Khalid Sheik Mohammed (mastermind of 9/11, currently awaiting trial in Guantanamo Bay and the blind Sheik, imprisoned for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center)
The document also calls on Islamists to change their behavior. He demands that they: ‘Stop attacks on Western and U.S. interests’; ‘Protect legitimate Western and U.S. interests in Muslim land’s, and ‘stop provoking the U.S. and the West’.
Speaking as the al Qaeda leader’s brother, he says they are ideologically inseparable. ‘Our people like death, the same way others like life,’ he tells reporter Nic Robertson. ‘But we do not want to get into this endless cycle of violence. We like for the others and us to live peacefully.’
When asked about the London terrorist attacks of 2005 he says, ‘I am sorry to say that those who caused the London attacks were the West because the oppression was continuous, either you stop the oppression or accept reconciliation.
Before his incarceration for terrorism, al-Zawahiri was military commander of Islamic Jihad that would later ally with al Qaeda.
‘Do you think it is realistic that the United States would release some one like this?’ he is asked by Robertson. He responds that releasing a prisoner such as Sheikh Mohamed ‘…reduces the impression of US arrogance.’
The document was likened by CNN to a similar proposal mooted by Osama bin Laden in 2004, which was followed a year later by the deadly 7/7 London attacks.