Monika Maslikowski has a smart take on Sayyid Imam’s communication strategy vs. that of Zawahiri (it’s part of a larger assessment of the latter’s stumbles as a communicator this year). She seconds my argument that Imam’s personal attacks on Zawahiri are effective because “Zawahiri’s success as a leader is dependent on whether or not he can gain trust and support.”
On the same subject, the Shack has an essay by an Egyptian lamenting Imam’s personal attacks. For a different perspective by another Egyptian, I’d point you to Caliph’s remarks in the comments section of a previous post. Without revealing too much, Caliph has closely followed Egyptian media and Islamism for years. I’d rate his comments pretty high on their own merit, but one’s background seems to matter in these sorts of debates.