Though protesters emulated Gandhi and King more than Azzam or bin Laden, terrorist organizations are claiming Egypt's unarmed revolution as a victory for their violent causes. While the revolution was nonviolent and its result still tentative, that hasn't stopped these organizations from using it to promote their cause.
"The developments in Egypt have a clear message for the invading Americans and their surrogates in Afghanistan, unveiling that the use of advanced weapons, destruction of orchards and houses and filling prisons with free people does not contribute to their continuation of authority," said a Taliban statement posted to the jihadi media site, the Kavkaz Center. "The atrocities that they commit against the Afghan people today will soon usher in a revolution and the vessel of their arrogance will drown surely following inception of a popular uprising, Inshallah [God willing]."
Hizballah lauded Egypt's revolution as a victory for its own cause. Amr Nassef, an Egyptian anchor on the group's Al Manar TV, was ecstatic over the Feb. 11 fall of President Hosni Mubarak and attributed it to Hizballah's leader Sayyid Nasrallah. "Now, oh leader of the resistance, more than 80 million Egyptians acknowledge you, your resistance, your grace, and your greatness," said Nassef. "Sayyed Nasrallah, you are worthy of the greatest congratulations for this victory and this great revolution. This revolution had your blessing. Thousands and thousands of congratulations to you and to the entire Islamic nation."
These comments contradicted earlier remarks by Nasrallah, in which he claimed Hizballah was not involved in the "patriotic revolution" and that the movement should not be seen as "serving a foreign agenda."
Hamas congratulated the Egyptian people and called for the immediate repeal of anti-Hamas regulations. Hamas "expressed hope that Egypt could restore its pioneering role in supporting the issues of the Arab and Islamic nations, especially the Palestinian cause against the Zio-American schemes in the region."
Ironically, Hamas' political rival Fatah celebrated the Egyptian success from the opposite point of view, lauding the success for all Arabs and especially its nonviolence. "What's happening in Egypt represents strength to us and to all Arabs. This is a peaceful revolution that did not vandalise anything," said Nabil Shaat, a senior member of Abbas' Fatah faction.