Islamic Jihad strategist and co-conspiritor in the assassination of Anwar Sadat, Abboud Al-Zumar, has begun his own “apology tour” in the Egyptian media, most likely to reposition his organization for the new political environment in Egypt.
“I’d like to apologize to the Egyptian people (for the assassination of Sadat) because we did not intend to bring Hosni Mubarak to power. Our goal was to bring about change and deliver the Egyptian people from the conditions in which they found themselves.”
There are two notable things here. First, Al-Zumar is not apologizing for killing Sadat or political violence in general, he’s merely apologizing for facilitating the rise of Mubarak. Second, in response to the interviewer’s attempt to humanize the killing of Sadat, Al-Zumar cites the fatwa against Sadat in what appears to be an iteration of the “just following orders” argument. It seems jihadists have more than just hatred of Jews in common with Hitler’s minions.
Unfortunately, the interviewer doesn’t press Al-Zumar on what their ideal replacement regime would have looked like.