Islamic spokesmen in the West constantly insist that only greasy Islamophobes claim that Islam is incompatible with democracy and Western-style pluralistic republics. When jihad leaders like al-Zawahiri say the same thing, they do nothing to counter his assertions or convince Muslims that he is wrong. They just attack the non-Muslims who report on what al-Zawahiri said.
CAIRO, Egypt “” Al-Qaeda’s leader said Egypt’s military coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi provides proof that Islamic rule cannot be established through democracy, and urged the Islamist leader’s followers to abandon the ballot box in favour of armed resistance.
In a 15-minute audio message posted online late Friday, Ayman al-Zawahri also lashed out at the Egyptian military, the country”s secular and liberal elites as well as the Coptic Christian minority, accusing them of conspiring against Morsi solely because he was an Islamist….
“We have to admit first that legitimacy does not mean elections and democracy, but legitimacy is the Shariah (Islamic law)”¦ which is above all the constitutions and laws,” al-Zawahri said in comments addressed to Morsi’s supporters.
He condemned the Muslim Brotherhood for having “tried its best to satisfy America and the secularists” by relinquishing “jihad,” usually invoked by al-Qaeda to mean armed struggle. He also noted that Morsi’s government was overthrown despite its acceptance of Egypt’s landmark peace treaty with Israel and security agreements with the United States “” both of which Islamic militants sharply oppose.
“You forgot that democracy is the West’s monopoly and it is allowed for those who belong to the Islamists to benefit from its fruits only on one condition “” you be a slave for the West’s ideology, action, policy and economy,” he said.
Al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremists roundly reject democracy as a Western-imposed system, and oppose it on the grounds that it puts man’s laws above those of God.
Turning to Egypt’s military, al-Zawahri, who is Egyptian and grew up in a Cairo suburb, accused the army of being a pawn of U.S. interests.
“The Americanized army, was raised by America’s aid, training courses and exercises and their allegiance was bought to fulfil the Americans” orders and protect U.S. interests as well as maintain the security of its foster child, Israel,” he said.
He said Egypt’s secular camp forgot democracy, elections and the peaceful transfer of power and resorted instead to the “Americanized military to overthrow the Egyptian constitution.”
The message’s authenticity could not be independently confirmed but was posted on a militant website commonly used by al-Qaeda. It was produced by the group’s arm, As Sahab.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, an Egyptian police official called on Morsi supporters to abandon their protest sit-ins, saying it would pave the way for his Muslim Brotherhood to return to a normal role in the country”s political process.
The nationally televised remarks by Interior Ministry spokesman Hany Abdel-Latif came as authorities announced plans to break up the two main Cairo sit-ins by erecting cordons to prevent people from entering them.
Morsi’s backers, including his Muslim Brotherhood group, have vowed to continue protesting until he’s reinstated. He was ousted in a military coup July 3 after several days of protests by millions who took to the street to demand his ouster.
Abdel-Latif promised the protesters they would be able to leave without being arrested if they had not committed any crimes. He offered protection and safe passage to those willing to leave the two main camps “” a large one outside the Rabaah al-Adawiya Mosque in eastern Cairo and a smaller one near Cairo University”s main campus in Giza.
“If you believe you are bringing victory to the Brotherhood, it is your safe and secure departure that will allow the Brotherhood to go back to its role in the political process,” Abdel-Latif said.
He said that Islamist leaders at the sit-ins are controlling information and “brainwashing” the protesters into thinking the sit-ins are in defence of Islam….