Anis Al-Naqqash who planned the 1975 attack on the OPEC oil ministers' conference and was involved in the 1980 failed assassination attempt on former Iranian prime minister Shapour Bakhtiar, appeared on Al-Jazeera TV in a debate on the use of violence in the region. He was introduced as 'a writer and a political analyst who is an expert in this field.' Al-Naqqash expressed his support for violent attacks against the US and strikes on oil facilities and companies. Following are excerpts from his comments:
Al-Naqqash:Our nation suffers a catastrophe called the Arab regimes, who instead of fulfilling their role as leaders of the nation, have become not only an Arab or Islamic symbol, but a global symbol of surrender, treachery, and inefficiency, so much so that the Arab and Muslim leaders have become a laughing stock in the eyes of the world.
The real disaster is when a political leader gives up in face of the occupation, and the robbing of our resources and from being inefficient he becomes ultra-efficient in surrendering and collaborating with the enemy. Herein lies the disaster, and this is the reason the youth goes on Jihad, so they can take responsibility for themselves.
An Islamic Jihad force, which acts according to the religious law, and not emotions, responded to this attack. This religious law states that all the nation's lands are one land, and that if part of it is occupied? We do not recognize the Sykes-Picot agreement and that is why the defense of this nation must be launched from all places, against this specific enemy. That is why when Al-Qa'eda and the other Mujaheedin strike the American enemy, whether in the US or outside of it, they strike the nation's main enemy.
If we to go out to the streets and ask any Arab or Muslim citizen, if America is a friend or an enemy of the Arab world, he would say that it is an enemy. But audaciously and contemptibly the Arab and Muslim foreign ministers declare that America is our ally, and make strategic alliances with it, and that is why they are the ones who rebel against the law of Allah, and against the nation, They are the enemies of the nation.
In the past two weeks, it was proven that we must strike the oil facilities and companies, because this is the oil, which the Saudi minister declared is not a Bazooka that we can use. When the Prophet was in Al-Madina, did he let the Muslims give their water, bread, and dates to the Jews who fight us? Or give the Quraysh tribe, who fought against the Muslims, their food? We supply the industrial world with this oil, and cheaply, and then a minister, with all his audacity, summons OPEC and all the other countries' ministers to lower the prices of oil.
Our problem, brother Ghassan, is that even in this program we discuss the obvious because the Arab media are controlled and supported by the Arab regimes so they will say that this is some kind of extremism and lunacy, while their surrender and ineptness are facts that the nation must surrender to.