Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian Islamist lawyer Muntassir Al-Zayyat, which aired on Al-Mehwar TV on August 6, 2011:
Interviewer: Did you cry over Bin Laden?
Muntassir Al-Zayyat: I shed tears. By Allah, I shed tears. I love Osama Bin Laden. I love him.
Interviewer: Tell me why.
Muntassir Al-Zayyat: And I refer to him as Sheik Osama Bin Laden. First of all, I love him because he is true to himself and to his God.
Interviewer: In what way is he true to God?
Muntassir Al-Zayyat: No, no. Osama Bin Laden's general strategy was to fight the US, which is considered to be the Great Satan. This was his general philosophy. In addition, he had a regional goal: To drive the polytheists out of the Arabian Peninsula.
Interviewer: Who are these polytheists?
Muntassir Al-Zayyat: The foreign armies in the Gulf.
Interviewer: What do you think about the throwing of his body into the sea?
Muntassir Al-Zayyat: This was audacity, ignominy, and disrespect.