Zawahiri's getting an earful from a former Libyan mujahadeen. Evidently Numan Bin Uthman, now residing in London, is less than thrilled with the results of the AQ inspired attempt to wage successful jihad. Mind you, as a "retiree", I'm not sure how much weight Uthman carries, as he's a new entity to me. But you gotta love the message, if not the messenger.
"Dear Doctor Ayman, as I told you during a meeting in Kandahar [in Afghanistan] in 2000, the experience of the Jihadi groups in Arab countries is failed and despite our appeals, the armed groups are divided and will not unite," he said in the letter, a copy of which was published in the London based pan-Arab daily al-Hayat.
"I ask you and whoever is behind you to review the way you behave because the Jihadi groups are acting very badly towards those who think differently from the way they do," said Uthman in the letter.
"I aks you to stop the armed operations in the Arab countries, to guarantee the security of Muslims and to retract your threats toward the West, to take away from them the terrorism card used by some Western governments to hate Islam and Muslims," he said.
"Only in this way, will it be possible to rebuild ties with other Sunni guerilla groups," he said.
Note that the alliance with other Sunni's - i.e. Iraq - still weighs prominently on Uthman's mind.
But wait... just when you think it couldn't be any more of a slap in the face to a high profile Eqyptian terror leader, it does get better. The "na na na naaaa na" really comes out. Uthman apparently took umbrage with OBL's suggestion that the quest to obtain and use WMDs was a "Sharia obligation" back at a summit meeting in 2000.
"During this occasion, I had a strong dispute with the martyr Abu Hafs al-Kumandan, because he was heavily involved in acquiring weapons of mass destruction," he said in the letter.
"He wanted to use these weapons to dissuade the United State from attacking Afghanistan. And yet I knew that al-Qaeda did not have any strategic vision and would have used the weapons to kill indistriminately and not to dissuade".
According to the former jihadi, if al-Qaeda had chemical or nuclear weapons, they would only increase their destructive power to the detriment of Arab countries in particular.
"After seven years since that meeting, my convictions on these issues have only grown stronger," he said.
"At that time I said that provoking the United States would turn them against the Taliban and by striking the country in an unconventional way would bring occupation to the entire Middle East and not only Afghanistan and that's what's happened," he said.
Can't argue with the man's final point. We are far more visible in the ME now. Yet OBL banked on the US's further encroachment on Islam lands to boost their jihad goals amongst Muslims.
I'm sure he never dreamed that the vast jihadist family that they've put together would be so dysfunctional, and do more damage to their quest than a US footprint in the Middle East could ever do. They are literally cracking at the foundations in multiple fronts now.