"Today, with grace from God, the Muslim nation witnesses a blessed step," Zawahiri stated. "Honorable members of the Fighting Islamic Group in Libya announce that they are joining the al Qaeda group to continue the march of their brothers...
Zawahiri called for the overthrow of the governments of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco, and named the leaders of these governments in his speech. "O nation of jihad, support your sons so that we defeat our enemies and rid our homeland of their slaves." Zawahri also criticized Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for surrendering its nuclear and chemical "weapons and equipment to ... crusader masters," Reuters reported.
Al Qaeda in Afghanistan's leader, Abu Laith al Libi, who is Libyan, also spoke on the recording. "We announce we are joining al Qaeda as loyal soldiers," al Libi said. "The tyrant of Libya is pushing the country into a new quagmire ... He suddenly discovered ... that America the guardian of the cross is not an enemy."
He also urged Libyans to join the fight against Qaddafi, the United States "and their brothers the infidel of the West."
UN, Obama Fighting Alongside Al-Qaeda in Libya
During his March 23 show blasting U.S. intervention in Libya, Fox News personality Glenn Beck also claimed that the American military could very well be helping al-Qaeda there. Citing an article in Time magazine, Beck said the Obama administration actually knows the terror group is in the fight and that the terrorists will try to exploit the power vacuum after the Libyan dictator falls.
“This is exactly what we said would happen,” Beck explained. “Time mentioned that we may actually be helping the terrorists with this air campaign.... This scenario just doesn't seem to make sense to me.”
Of course, it’s extremely hard to know what is actually going on in Libya at the moment, or what the true purpose of U.S. and international military intervention really is. Analysts have all sorts of different views.
There are those who believe President Obama and the UN when they claim “humanitarianism” is truly the goal. Others — ranging from liberty-minded U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) to socialist despot Hugo Chavez of Venezuela — think it could be about oil. Glenn Beck and others have claimed it could be about setting the stage for a future international invasion of Israel to enforce UN resolutions.
And there are plenty of reasons for the confusion. For example, al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, wanted by the FBI in connection with two American embassy bombings, have not always been the enemies of the U.S. government. In fact, the U.S. government — by its own admission — actually armed, trained, and funded bin Laden and his Muslim warriors in Afghanistan just a few decades ago. Many of those fighters eventually went back to Libya, where they are battling Gadhafi today.
“Al Qaeda is not a centralized organization, but rather a gaggle or congeries of fanatics, dupes, psychotics, misfits, double agents, provocateurs, mercenaries, and other elements,” noted investigative reporter Webster Tarpley in a piece entitled “The CIA's Libya Rebels: The Same Terrorists who Killed US, NATO Troops in Iraq.”