Anorak | Why I’m Leaving Al Qaeda, by Ayman al-Zawahiri

Why I’m Leaving Al Qaeda, by Ayman al-Zawahiri

by | 14th, March 2012

GREG Smith is resigning today as a Goldman Sachs executive director and head of the firm’s United States equity derivatives business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Others soon to pen their resignation letters from organisations bent on world domination and a win-at-all-costs mentality:

Rupert Murdoch from News Corp
Ayman_al-Zawahiri from al-Qaeda
Samir Nasri from Manchester City
Tony Blair from Heaven
Phil Mitchell from The Arches

Says Ayman_al-Zawahiri:

Today is my last day at Al Qaeda. After almost 21 (!) years at the firm first as a summer intern while at the Muslim Brotherhood, then in Bosnia for 3 years, and now in Melton Mowbray I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its identity. And I can honestly say that the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it.

The firm has veered so far from the place I joined right out of college that I can no longer in good conscience say that I identify with what it stands for.

It might sound surprising to a skeptical public, but culture was always a vital part of Al Qaeda’s success. It revolved around teamwork, integrity, a spirit of humility, and always doing right by our clients in Iran, Afghanistan and Leeds. The culture was the secret sauce that made this place great and allowed us to earn our clients’ trust for years. It wasn’t just about murdering; this alone will not sustain a firm for so long. It had something to do with pride and belief in the organization. I am sad to say that I look around today and see virtually no trace of the culture that made me love working for this firm for many years. I no longer have the pride, or the belief.

But this was not always the case. For more than a decade I recruited and mentored candidates through our grueling interview process. I was selected

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