British cleric Anjem Choudary says al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood have assets on the ground in Libya and are ready to take control if Moammar Gadhafi is removed from power.
The top Muslim cleric accuses the U. S. and French-led coalition trying to topple Gadhafi of working to install a puppet regime, but he says there are al-Qaida operatives in Libya who will stop the West from installing a friendly government.
“Al-Qaida has their own agents and their own people in the region who are propagating their own Islamic ideas and their agenda. At the right time they will make the move, and we will see the emergence of Islam and Shariah in that particular region,” Choudary said.
“The power vacuum is very useful for anyone who has an agenda and an alternative system to put in its place,” he said.
“Al-Qaida is in fact a philosophy and an idea which is franchised now all around the world. You don’t necessarily have to be a member of al-Qaida. If you believe in the Shariah and if you believe in the concept of jihad, and you want Islam to be implemented, then you are adhering to the same ideas as the people of al-Qaida,” said Choudary.
“This is widespread throughout Africa and the more these people resist against oppression, the more they see the Americans, the British and the French bombing Muslims, the more they will be drawn towards Shariah as an alternative,” Choudary said.
Florida Security Council President Tom Trento agrees.
“He is telling the truth, because North Africa from Cairo going West has deep penetration by the Muslim Brotherhood. We also know that Gadhafi is hated by and hates the Brotherhood and al-Qaida,” Trento said.
“We also know that al-Qaida has their heart set on controlling petroleum. Libya is the No. 4 producer. There is no bigger prize in northern Africa than Libya right now,” Trento said.
He said Choudary is in a position to know if the Brotherhood or al-Qaida is poised to move if Gadhafi is removed.
“Choudary has deep analytical connections to a variety of organizations. He is the sort of philosophical mind for al-Qaida. He is a confidante of Osama bin Laden,” Trento said.
Trento is certain that these connections give Choudary inside information on whether al-Qaida is able to make such a power play if Gadhafi is gone from Libya.
Choudary’s comments came after he and other leaders of the outlawed Al-Muhajiroun organization gathered in front of the prime minister’s residence at No. 10 Downing Street in London to protest the British and American actions in Libya.
The press release for the protest said the operation is the latest example of American and British opposition to Islam.
“Under the guise of helping the people, once again we see the full might of the U.S. and its stooges, i.e. the British and French, murdering Muslim men, women and children in cold blood,” Choudary’s statement read.
“Yet again we see the fig-leaf excuse of defending democracy and freedom being used to justify atrocities against Muslims. The reality is that the Americans and the institutions that they control, such as the U.N. and Security Council, will do everything in their power to ensure that the Muslims do not rise to implement the Shariah and threaten their military and economic interests in the region,” Choudary’s statement said.
Choudary’s statement also claims that the military action is to cover up how the U. S. has benefitted from Gadhafi’s rule over the years.
“The clear truth is that the U.S., British and French have benefited from their puppets like Gadhafi and Mubarak for decades, they have been complicit in their torture of Muslims, they have even rendered Muslims to such countries to be tortured, all in order to stop the spread of Islam and for Muslims not to rise to establish the Islamic state which would spell the end of their hegemony,” Choudary’s statement asserted.
Jihad Watch publisher and Islam analyst Robert Spencer says that Choudary’s accusation that the U. S. and French-led coalition plans to install a puppet regime is giving the coalition way too much credit.
“Anjem Choudary is being a bit fanciful in suggesting the coalition that is attacking Gadhafi now from the West is going to install some Western puppet government,” Spencer analyzed.
“The glaring omission in this whole enterprise has been any discussion or any hint that anyone in this coalition has any idea of what’s going to follow Gadhafi at all or has made any provision for a post-Gadhafi Libya,” he observed.
But Spencer supports the analysts who say that radical Islam groups are on the ground in Libya and are prepared to take control.
“That’s the big problem with it, that the largest organized forces in Libya opposing Gadhafi are Islamic supremacist, pro-Shariah groups, including al-Qaida. So they’re most likely to be the beneficiaries of this intervention,” Spencer said.
Spencer added that because al-Qaida is in Libya, even if the Western coalition removes Gadhafi, the civil war will continue until the jihadi forces prevail.
Trento added that the U.S. is making it safe for jihad in North Africa and that the administration is making a tactical error by supporting the removal of Gadhafi.
“I regard very highly Ambassador John Bolton, but this morning he made the statement that, ‘Whoever comes next,’ with the assumption that, ‘I don’t know who’s coming next,’ can’t be as bad and as anti-American as Moammar Gadhafi,” he said.
“I thought, ‘How can you base national policy in the hope that the next isn’t as bad as the man in power and a man that we can manage to some extent?’” Trento added.
Choudary seems to echo that thought, because he says that the West’s intervention to topple Gadhafi wasn’t necessary. He says that Gadhafi’s days were already numbered.
“The Muslims in Libya are rising against oppression and calling for Islam and the Shariah. This is evident in the chants of the people. Many people believe that they’re fighting in jihad against Gadhafi and his own regime,” Choudary claimed.
“The removal of Gadhafi was something that was going to be done anyway by the people in Libya. The removal of all dictators is on our agenda. We do not need the Americans, the British and French to come in and bomb Baghdad, and bomb Kabul and bomb Tripoli in order to remove leaders,” Choudary added.
Choudary and his supporters took their cause to the British prime minister’s residence. The demonstration followed what Choudary called an urgent weekend conference on the status of the worldwide Muslim Ummah.
The Paltalk-hosted Web conference was a forum for some of the British Commonwealth’s most radical clerics to take shots at British and American foreign policy and to talk up Islamic law, or Shariah.
Choudary associate Abu Izzadeen was at the protest and a speaker at the conference, and he says that both events are commentaries on the anti-Islamic West.
“It was a commentary on the rise of Muslims around the world and the awareness of the need for change. That change is not hearkening back to the same promises we’ve had broken for many years of freedom and democracy and liberty, etc.,” Izzadeen asserted.
“Those slogans only brought to us humiliation and subjugation. What we need is an independent system where we are free from Western domination. It’s not about changing a particular person or an individual. It’s about changing a whole system,” he said.
Choudary’s openness about his intentions has created controversy during his American media appearances. MSNBC TV host Elliot Spitzer has said Choudary should be in prison, and Fox News Channel and nationally syndicated radio host Sean Hannity has called Choudary evil.
Spencer said that Choudary attracts attention because he’s open about his intentions.
“He attracts so much attention among such people (the pro-freedom and anti-Shariah groups) because he is so forthright about these objectives of Islamic jihad where most Islamic spokesmen dissemble about them. He is easy to point to and say, ‘This is the real agenda here,’ because he’s the one who’s being honest about it,” Spencer explained.
Spencer adds that Choudary is this open about his intentions because the British imam knows most Americans don’t take him seriously.
“He knows that most Americans don’t care, won’t pay attention and won’t take him seriously and don’t realize that what he’s expressing is the broad mainstream of Islamic teaching and not some radical offshoot like the KKK or something like that,” Spencer said.
“He knows that most Americans won’t realize the implications of what they’re hearing and he feels free to say what he wishes.”