The assassination of the al Qaeda leader Aiman al-Zawahiri, was America’s biggest counterterrorism victory in years. As Che Guevara, Zawahiri was a doctor who saved lives and inspired others to take them. While studying medicine and as a young surgeon in Cairo, he joined a number of radical groups in the 1970s and was imprisoned for his involvement in the 1981 assassination Anwar Sadat. According to his autobiography, Knights Under the Banner of the Prophet, the lesson he learned in prison was that if he had been able to choose his allies, he would not have been caught.
He rarely spoke about poverty or class oppression, but his autobiography shows that he studied Lenin’s methods closely. He believed that a small group, a vanguard of enlightened extremists, should run society while keeping its true goals secret, and that people, especially in democracies, needed to be pushed by terror to go in its desired directions without evidence to be persuaded by reason and persuasion.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/al-qaedas-lenin-is-finally-gone-zawahiri-counterterrorism-victory-kabul-september-11-kabul-bin-laden-death-11659538212 Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al Qaeda’s Lenin, Is Finally Gone