Egypt and Al Qaeda

I’ve got nothing original or unique to contribute on this story about what the events in the Middle East might mean for Al Qaeda, but I did find it really interesting.  And I sure do hope that what we’ve seen means that Al Qaeda is on the wane.  I do love that this revolutionary change was accomplished not through violence, but through non-violence:

For nearly two decades, the leaders of Al Qaeda have denounced the Arab world’s dictators as heretics and puppets of the West and called for their downfall. Now, people in country after country have risen to topple their leaders — and Al Qaeda has played absolutely no role.

In fact, the motley opposition movements that have appeared so suddenly and proved so powerful have shunned the two central tenets of the Qaeda credo: murderous violence and religious fanaticism. The demonstrators have used force defensively, treated Islam as an afterthought and embraced democracy, which is anathema to Osama bin Laden and his followers.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

One Response to Egypt and Al Qaeda

  1. jonolan says:

    Al-Qaeda knows that they’ll be in power in those countries through agencies such as the Muslim Brotherhood in a short while.

    These revolts weren’t about freedom; they were about economics and they’ve changed nothing. It’ll all go to shit and the Islamists will step into the power vacuum as they’ve done before.

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