A series of three audio lectures from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi titled: ?Did You Get the Message of the Shi?ites,? and constituting nearly four hours of vitriol aimed at the Shi?a Muslims, was issued June 1, 2006, and asserts that there is an Iranian-American alliance aimed to prevent the Sunnis from obtaining any power, and which allows the Shi?ites to maintain hegemony in several countries throughout the Gulf region. Zarqawi attacks Iran and Hezbollah, and explains that Shi?ites are not part of the Muslim Nation, rather, claiming they possess a desire to destroy Islam. He states: ?The Shi?a completely differ from the Islam given to us by our Prophet and disagree with its main principals and doctrines. How could this not be so, since their main scholars and religious leaders have established their own religious rules and justifications for their belief, which differ from Islam.?
For the duration of his lectures, Zarqawi presents theories explaining Iran?s pursuit of power in the backdrop of an alleged Shi?ite conspiracy, charging that Ayatollah Khomeini was an ?American product? who made a reverse turn in his ideology following the Iranian Revolution, and sought the eliminate of the Sunni people, even instigating the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980?s to extend Iran?s sovereignty. Zarqawi believes that the ?treason? by the Shi?ites continues into the present, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq, where the Iranians aided the Americans to wipe out the Taliban in coordination with the Shi?ites in the Afghan north. He adds: ?Also, Iranian Shi?a collaborated with the Americans to occupy Iraq in coordination with the Shi?a of Iraq. They were not satisfied with their negative position relative to the crusaders? invasion of Muslim lands.?
Within the purview of Iran, Zarqawi turns to the Shi?ite Hezbollah and accuses the organization of receiving their orders from Iran, ?the axis of evil and the crib of the expected Mahdi, the Anti-Christ?. According to the lecture, Iran sought to export its revolution to the al-Sham countries, especially Lebanon, where it initiated a Shi?a movement, Amal, which attacked Sunni Palestinians from its camp in southern Lebanon. As he describes Hezbollah, Amal prevented any Palestinian organization from attacking Israel, but when the ?truth? of the strong ties between Amal and Iran became evident, Iran came up with a new solution in the form of Hezbollah. Zarqawi states: ?The ties between Hezbollah and Iran are like the ties between a branch and a tree… Hezbollah is an enemy to the Sunni people even if it covers itself with devoutness. Nobody will be deceived by this unless he is ignorant.?
Hezbollah, in Zarqawi?s view, reneged on many positions they claimed to have stood in their establishment statement, and which were later extended by Hassan Nasrallah, the leaderof Hezbollah, concerning the liberation of Palestine. Zarqawi questions why Hezbollah is exempt from the al-Taif agreement, an agreement signed in 1989 to end the Lebanese civil war, which rulers to disarm all of the militias. In addition, he states that Hezbollah exists to block Sunnis from fighting the Israelis, and alleges the group to have captured individuals who had that intent.
Zarqawi raises further points towards his claim of Iran supporting the United States in its aims in Afghanistan and Iraq, turning his attention to alleged crimes committed by the Shi?ites against the Sunnis implicit in the collaboration. He states: ?Many of the military leaders stated that the planes that took off from the Arab nations could not have reached Afghanistan without crossing the skies of Iran. At the same time, the Iranians were insisting on the neutrality of the Iranian skies.? Iran, Zarqawi adds, has an unguarded border with Iraq allowing them to move their agents and people to the country to tip the balance in Iraq towards a Shi?a majority, especially after the many killings within that state.
The lecture series ends with Zarqawi embarking on a historical discussion of the evils of the Shi?a and reasons they are to be hated, including betrayal of their own Imams, betrayal of Islam by moving to the ?camp of infidelity? when war is fought with the Jews and Christians, making it only possible to fight the enemy when the Shi?ites have been dealth with, and following rules that deviate from Islamic Shari?a.
The Arabic audio lecture and a translation of selected excerpts are provided to our Intel Service members.