Borrowing yet another technique from
other non-profit organizations, al Qaeda has gone on television and appealed
for donations. Pointing out that the organization has thousands of gunmen and
suicide bombers on the payroll, and a severe cash shortage in Afghanistan, .the
leader of al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan, Shiek Mustafa Abu al Yazid, made the
plea recently on al Jazeera television.
Al Yazid also warned donors to only give cash to
authorized representatives of al Qaeda. Apparently there have been others who
have been collecting money for al Qaeda, money which never reached the
organization. Apparently, in most Arab countries, and many non-Moslem majority
nations, it's not too difficult to find an al Qaeda fund raiser. The only
problem is determining if he's legit.
A video of the fund raising pitch, prepared with
the help of the As Sahab Media Foundation, is now appearing on the Internet. As
Sahab is the official media production
arm of al Qaeda, insuring that the terrorist organization looks good on