Now Syria has released him..
The alleged terrorist mastermind behind the July 7 London bombings is reported to have been freed from a Syrian jail by President Bashar Assad's regime.Allegedly Assad did this as a warning to the west not to mess with him. But why would that be a warning? Wouldn't a release actually give the Obama regime an opportunity to turn him into pieces of desert or perhaps lead them to other big shots? Or maybe this, from a 2006 WaPo article, is the reason the released him:
In an e-mail to bin Laden in 1999, recovered from a computer hard drive in Kabul by the Wall Street Journal, Nasar complained that bin Laden was getting a big head from his frequent media appearances. "I think our brother has caught the disease of screens, flashes, fans, and applause," Nasar wrote.
In public statements and in interviews with Arab media, Nasar said he was happy to work with al-Qaeda but emphasized that he was an independent operator. His theories of decentralization had already taken shape: It would be a mistake, he said, for the global movement to pin its hopes on a single group or set of leaders. "My guess is that he saw bin Laden as a narrow-minded thinker," said Jarret Brachman, research director for the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. "He clearly says that al-Qaeda was an important step but it's not the end step and it's not sufficient."
Nasar's theories of war also called for the most deadly weapons possible. In Afghanistan, he worked with al-Qaeda leaders to train fighters in the use of "poisons and chemicals" at two camps near Jalalabad and Kabul, according to the State Department. After the Sept. 11 hijackings, Nasar praised the attacks. But he said a better plan would have been to load the hijacked airplanes with weapons of mass destruction.This guy appears more a strategic thinker than jihadist, and his thinking doesn't sound too good. Contrary to mainstream media whitewashing, he does have a background that involves Saddam Hussein's Iraq, somewhat interesting considering his comment about not identifying himself as AQ (this explains it better, along with a caveat not to connect him to Saddam and then to AQ. Of course Bush's rationale was that Iraq wasn't beyond working with any number of terrorists).
So, while it's unclear whether Nasar qualifies as a lieutenant if indeed he's on the loose he's in no way "defeated". Syria may have done this, or is bluffing, to tweak Obama into backing off. But releasing him at all should be seen as a hostile act.