Let’s call the whole thing off

Eli Lake reports that one of al Qaeda’s senior theologians is calling on his followers to end their military jihad and saying that 9/11 was a “catastrophe for all Muslims.” It seems to be an interesting development, though it hasn’t received much attention or had much impact. The theologian — Sayed (or Sayyed) Imam al-Sharif — has been incarcerated in Egypt since the assassination of Sadat, where he apparently served time with Zawahri. Zawahri has responded to the renunciation of his old associate, attributing it to his torture by the Egyptians.
Are we doing anything to get the word out? Lake concludes: “Two spokesmen for American government agencies yesterday declined to comment on this story.”
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