As has long been known. And of course, al-Zawahri’s talk about the hypocrisy of the West will resonate powerfully with many in Europe and the U.S. — many if not most of whom will not realize that he wants to replace Western societies with Sharia, which will go harder on human rights than they probably suspect. From MSNBC, :
DUBAI – Al-Qaida’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri, in a videotape aired on Arab satellite channel Al Jazeera on Monday, said the London suicide bombings were carried out by the militant group to strike at “British arrogance.”
“The London attack is one of the attacks that al-Qaida … had the honor of carrying out against Zionist, British arrogance, the aggression of the crusader British against the Muslim nation for over a hundred years” Zawahri said on the tape.
He denounced Britain for “the historical crime of setting up Israel and the continuing crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
“These and other attacks have revealed the true hypocritical face of Western civilization that talks about human rights and freedom only as long as it is in its interest,” he said, citing the planned toughening of British security laws after the London blasts.
“˜Great lessons” from the bombers
“In their final testament, the heroic brothers in the London attacks … provided great lessons to the Islamic nation and Muslims in Pakistan to oppose the infidels,” said al-Zawahri, who was shown in the tape wearing a white turban and speaking to an interviewer off camera.