Abu Yahya al-Libi
This wolf, of course, is not a reference to itself, al-Qaeda, but rather Britain. Another indication that the terrorist organization has Britain in mind for its next major attack? “Al Qaeda figure calls for attacks on Britain,” from Reuters, January 22:
DUBAI (Reuters) – A prominent leader of al Qaeda called for attacks in Western countries particularly Britain in retaliation for Israel’s offensive in Gaza, arguing that London was behind the creation of the Jewish state.
“It’s high time that this criminal country, I mean Britain, paid the price of its historic crime,” Abu Yahya al-Libi said in a video posted on an Islamist website.
Well, then, since “historic crimes” still need to be paid for, what about the countless crimes committed in the name of Islam? What about the fact that nearly every single Muslim country today was conquered and colonized by Islam? Who shall pay for these “historic crimes”?
“There is no child who dies in Palestine … without this being the outcome of the (country) that handed Palestine to the Jews … Britain.”
Libi, whose group was behind deadly attacks in Britain in 2005, is one of the top leaders of al Qaeda believed to be hiding in the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Libi told British people to expect reprisals for the Israeli “annihilation campaign” in Gaza.
“We are not fooled by the policies of courtesy. A wolf is a wolf even dressed as lamb,” he said in an apparent reference to demonstrations in Western countries calling for an end to the three-week Israeli offensive.
In the 31-minute video, Libi also repeated calls for attacks on other Western countries including the United States.
“Make them taste the bitterness of war and the tragedies of homelessness and the misery of horror,” he said in a call to militant fighters. “They should not be secure while our people (Palestinians) are scared.
“O, mujahideen (holy strugglers) everywhere rise like an angered lion … do what you can to make the infidel capitals of the West and America and the Arab Tyrants taste what our brothers and weak folks in Palestine have been tasting.”
Libi praised a three-day rampage in Mumbai, India in November in which 183 people were killed by suspected Islamists who he called “heroes” and urged similar acts of retaliation.
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden earlier this month called on Muslims to rise in a holy struggle against the Israeli offensive in Gaza and accused Arab leaders of collusion with Israel.