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2009-01-26 Africa North
GSPC founder calls for al-Qaeda surrender in Algeria
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Posted by Fred 2009-01-26 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6544 views ]  Top
 File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa 

#1 It is fascinating that former major philosophers of jihadi terror and Number 1's have so publicly and forcefully recanted their original arguments. This gives me hope of a real evolution to an Islam that can live with the rest of the world, not just apostasy and conversion.
Posted by trailing wife ">trailing wife  2009-01-26 05:58||   2009-01-26 05:58|| Front Page Top

#2 Hattab seems to be recognizing the 'trap' that Zarquawi-type actions represent. Even fundamentalist Islam relies on the acquiescence of the population, and it is possible to repel them beyond terrified tolerance and into alliances with the opposition.
Posted by Glenmore 2009-01-26 07:35||   2009-01-26 07:35|| Front Page Top

#3 I think glenmore is on the right track. I would also note that Algeria may be unique, in that the "insurgency" there began when some relatively moderate islamist parties were pushed out in a coup by the military (back in '92), a carry over of failed Algerian socialism, and so elements in GSPC (I am not sure about Hattab in particular) may have been moderate enough to pursuse a different strategy from the pure jihadi one.
Posted by liberalhawk 2009-01-26 10:33||   2009-01-26 10:33|| Front Page Top

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