A man described as one of Osama bin Laden’s closest aides, Abu ‘Ubeid Al-Qurashi, has acknowledged that the terrorist network al-Qaida carried out the Sept. 11 attacks against the U.S.
The admission was made in an article he wrote for al-Qaida’s biweekly Internet magazine, Al-Ansar. The Middle East Media Research Institute translated the article into English.
In his column, Al-Qurashi first refers to past Islamic battle victories as proof that the tactics of “the Mujahedin” are successful.
“…[T]he Islamic nation has chalked up the most victories in a short time, in a way it has not known since the rise of the Ottoman Empire,” he writes. “These victories were achieved during the past 20 years, against the best armed, best trained and most experienced armies in the world (the U.S.S.R. in Afghanistan, the U.S. in Somalia, Russia in Chechnya and the Zionist entity in southern Lebanon) and in various arenas (mountains, deserts, hills, cities). In Afghanistan, the Mujahedin triumphed over the world’s second most qualitative power at that time. … Similarly, a single Somali tribe humiliated America and compelled it to remove its forces from Somalia. A short time later, the Chechen Mujahedin humiliated and defeated the Russian bear. After that, the Lebanese resistance [Hezbollah] expelled the Zionist army from southern Lebanon.
“It is true that all the victories of the past did not lead to the establishment of the winners’ regime,” Al-Qurashi continues. “But this is not the topic of our study. This article is aimed at investigating the purely military confrontation, due to claims regarding the imbalance between America and the Mujahedin – which makes, according to the [Muslim] defeatists, jihad and victory impossible.
“Technology did not help these great armies, even though [this technology] is sufficient to destroy the planet hundreds of times over using the arsenal of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The Mujahedin proved their superiority in fourth-generation warfare using only light weaponry. They are part of the people and hide amongst the multitudes. …
“… Thus, it appears that there are precedents for world powers and large countries being defeated by [small] units of Mujahedin over the past two decades, despite the great difference between the two sides.”
Al-Qurashi then addresses the Sept. 11 attacks.
“Al-Qaida takes pride in that, on Sept. 11, it destroyed the elements of America’s strategic defense, which the former U.S.S.R. and every other hostile state could not harm. These elements are: early warning, preventive strike and the principle of deterrence.”
The writer’s analysis of the terror attacks continues:
“Early warning: With the Sept. 11 attacks, al-Qaida entered the annals of successful surprise attacks, which are few in history – for example, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the surprise Nazi attack on the U.S.S.R. in 1941, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, and the crossing of the Zionist Bar-Lev Line in 1973. Moreover, in the pain it caused, [al-Qaida] surpassed these surprise attacks, because it put every individual in American society on [constant] alert for every possibility, whether emotionally or practically. This has an extremely high economic and psychological price, particularly in a society that has not been affected by war since the American Civil War. If the USS Cole incident could happen to the American army, which is assumed to be in perfect preparedness, then preparing an entire society for ‘terrorist’ attacks appears hard to achieve.
“Preventive strike: This element was also shaken on Sept. 11. This element is subordinate to the first. … Even assuming that there had been early warning, it is very difficult to launch a successful preventive strike at an organization that maneuvers and moves quickly, and has no permanent bases.
“Deterrence: This principle is based on the assumption that there are two sides [fighting] that seek to survive and defend their interests – but it is completely eliminated when dealing with people who don’t care about living but thirst for martyrdom. While the principle of deterrence works well [in warfare] between countries, it does not work at all for an organization with no permanent bases and with no capital in Western banks and that does not rely on aid from particular countries. As a result, it is completely independent in its decisions, and it seeks conflict from the outset. How can such people, who strive for death more than anything else, be deterred?”
In his article, Al-Qurashi glories in the impact he says 9-11 had on American morale.
“In addition to the destruction of these three elements, al-Qaida has dealt Americans the most severe blow ever to their morale: One of the Western strategies determined that the best means of bringing about a psychological defeat is to attack a place where the enemy feels safe and secure. This is exactly what the Mujahedin did in New York.
“It appears, therefore, that the imbalance between America and the Mujahedin … is exactly what is needed to confront the Western military machine, particularly the American [machine]. [America] is baffled by fourth-generation warfare that suits jihad avant-garde – especially at a time when the Islamic peoples have re-espoused Jihad after they had nothing left to lose because of the humiliation that is their daily lot.”