Skip to comments.The ‘Hybrid View’ of Benghazi
Posted on 11/18/2012 11:36:24 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
The Washington Post reports that the CIA and other intelligence analysts have settled on what amounts to a hybrid view of September 11, 2012, suggesting that the Cairo protest sparked militants in Libya, who quickly mobilized an assault on U.S. facilities in Benghazi.
What the Post doesnt say is that the Cairo protest was itself an al Qaeda-infused, if not outright orchestrated, event.
The hybrid explanation is a compromise, of sorts, between two competing narratives. The first suggested that a protest against an anti-Islam film in Benghazi led to a spontaneous assault on the US consulate there. We know that version isnt true because there never was any protest in Benghazi. The second narrative points to a terrorist attack. The weaponry involved in the assault, the sophistication of the operation and, most importantly, the involvement of al Qaeda-linked terrorists all buttress this second version.
While there was no film protest in Benghazi, however, there are reasons to suspect that the events in Egypt and Libya on Sept. 11 are linked. But that link isnt an anti-Islam film. They are linked by the fact that known al Qaeda-affiliated individuals were directly involved in both.
It is not a coincidence that an al Qaeda flag was raised in the place of the stars and stripes in Cairo, or that protesters chanted: Obama! Obama! We are all Osama!
Keep in mind, too, that al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri has cited the Cairo protest, along with the attack in Benghazi and a similar protest in Yemen, as defeats for the U.S.
Lets look at the key personalities involved in Cairo protest. The following four individuals attended the protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and helped to incite protesters.
Mohammed al Zawahiri He is the younger brother of Ayman al Zawahiri. He admittedly helped organize the Cairo protest. While Mohammed al Zawahiri has been coy about his ties to the al Qaeda organization, he has openly professed his adherence to al Qaedas ideology. And U.S. intelligence officials contacted by THE WEEKLY STANDARD say there is strong evidence he remains operationally involved in the terror network.
Rifai Ahmed Taha Musa He was a leader of Gamaa Islamiyya (IG), a designated terrorist organization with numerous ties to al Qaeda. Taha Musa was a signatory on al Qaedas February 1998 fatwa justifying terrorist attacks against American civilians. Taha Musa later claimed that he did not sign the fatwa, but his al Qaeda ties are beyond dispute. He appeared in 2000 video sitting between Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri. The three called for the spiritual head of the IG, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (also known as the Blind Sheikh), to be freed from prison. Rahman is imprisoned in the U.S. for his involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a follow-on plot against New York City landmarks. The Blind Sheikh is still revered by al Qaeda. Taha Musa is Rahmans longtime terrorist accomplice, and has compiled an extensive dossier of violence.
In a recent interview, Taha Musa openly praised Ayman al Zawahiri and says he should be allowed to return to Egypt.
heikh Adel Shehato Egyptian authorities arrested Shehato and accused him of founding the Nasr City terrorist cell. That cell hasnt received much attention in the American press, but Egyptian authorities have alleged that its members were involved in the Benghazi attack. Shehato is an official in Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), a terrorist organization headed by Ayman al Zawahiri that long ago merged with al Qaeda. Mohammed al Zawahiri also belongs to the EIJ. Shehato has openly proclaimed his allegiance to al Qaedas ideology.
Sheikh Tawfiq Al Afani He is also an EIJ official. Along with the three jihadists listed above, he was released from prison following the fall of Hosni Mubaraks regime. Al Afani openly praises al Qaeda in his public lectures. During the Cairo protest, Al Afani repeated the widely heard refrain: O Obama, we are all Osama
All four of the individuals mentioned above attended the Cairo protest and helped incite protesters.
A fifth senior jihadist who helped incite protests in Cairo is Ahmed Ashoush, who is so liked by Ayman al Zawahiri that al Qaeda includes clips of Ashoush in its official productions regularly.
Thanks Ernest. Damage control (a.k.a. lying) continues.