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- n. An overthrow of a government that is considered an illegitimate regime by external force (especially military might), and its replacement with a new government according to the concept of political legitimacy promoted by that force.
Faraj Ismail, the Egyptian journalist who covered the war against the Soviets, recalls that it was Zawahiri “who got Osama to focus not only on the Afghan jihad, but regime change in the Arab world.”
The Egyptian doctor was a revolutionary who wanted regime change across the Middle East, something that Azzam would have no part of, as this was to engage in fitna: sowing discord within the Muslim community.
“If the case for regime change is clear,” writes Michael Eisenstadt in the National Interest, “the way forward is not.