***updated: Spencer and Pipes respond…***
Watch the new al Qaeda video to see what an “invitation to Islam” sounds like. I’ve transcribed a sample of American al Qaeda Adam Gadahn’s rant:
“Islam is the only religion acceptable to God and came with the revealed book, the Koran, which abrogates all previous revelations, like the Torah and Evangel… God recognizes no separation between religion and state…”
“To Americans and the rest of Christendom we say, either repent (your) misguided ways and enter into the light of truth or keep your poison to yourself and suffer the consequences in this world and the next…”
“If the Zionist crusader missionaries of hate and counter-Islam consultants like Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, Michael Scheuer, Steven Emerson, and yes, even the crusader-in-chief George W. Bush were to abandon their unbelief and repent and enter into the light of Islam and turn their swords against the enemies of God, it would be accepted of them and they would be our brothers in Islam. And we send a special invitation to all of you fighting Bush’s crusader pipe dream in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else W. has sent you to die.”
Reuters’ brief report doesn’t mention Gadahn’s targeting of Pipes, Emerson, Scheuer, and Spencer. Gadahn also extended a special plea to one of al Qaeda’s favorite journalists, Seymour Hersh.
“Why not surrender to the truth? Escape from the unbelieving army and join the winning side. As for those who have expressed their respect and admiration for Islam, and acknowledged that it is the truth and demonstrated the support and sympathy for the Muslims and their causes like George Galloway, Robert Fisk, and countless others, I say to them, isn’t it time you stopped sitting on the fence and came over to the side of truth? …Abandon unbelief and accept the truth.”
Don’t miss yet another jihadi propaganda video recently released of terrorists who love Michael Moore.
Oh, yes, it’s real, not a spoof:
“The Code of Silence” was posted on the Internet by the Rashedeen Army, thought to be a relatively small Sunni group which has produced videos in the past of attacks it claims to have carried out.
At almost an hour in length, it is the longest and most professionally made of recent postings by mainly Sunni militant and insurgent groups fighting the U.S.-backed government.
The U.S. military said earlier this week that recent intelligence indicated al Qaeda in Iraq was refining its strategy by producing propaganda and adding a political base to its violent campaign of suicide bombings.
Lifting scenes from Michael Moore’s anti-war film “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Rashedeen’s narrator taunts President Bush in softly spoken English over graphic images of Humvees being blown up by roadside bombs, and purportedly dead U.S. troops.
The most shocking thing about the Centanni-Wiig “conversion” is the silence that has followed. First, there is silence from Islam. Shouldn’t Muslim religious leaders, and particularly “beautiful and kind-hearted” Palestinian Muslim religious leaders, vehemently condemn the forced conversions? As Mr. [Andrew] Bostom put it, “Will such Muslim authorities at least recognize the acute predicament of Centanni and Wiig by issuing a fatwa stating that their ‘conversion,’ being under duress, was not bona fide, condemning in advance any Muslim who might now attack these journalists for ‘apostasy’ from Islam?”
Yes, of course, they should — at least according to any Western understanding of compulsion and morality — but don’t hold your breath. Meanwhile, holding their breath is exactly what Western media are doing when it comes to covering (not covering) the story. Even Fox’s Greta van Susteren, a tabloidesque host who never met a bodily fluid she couldn’t elaborate on, went delicate on us the other night, failing, in a one-hour “exclusive” interview with the two men, to ask a single question about their religious ordeal — presumably at their request.
Why? Who or what is served by shutting up? Only forces of coercion — a word which, after all, implies the nullification of individual will. Which means this is one case where silence isn’t golden and ignorance isn’t bliss. They are dangerous and dumb.
By the way, the “Holy Jihad Brigades,” kidnappers of Centanni and Wiig, announced Saturday that they’ll be targeting more non-Muslims:
Palestinian militants who held two Fox News journalists hostage for nearly two weeks threatened in a statement posted online Saturday to abduct non-Muslims visiting the Palestinian territories and kill them unless their demands were met.
The statement, posted in the name of the Holy Jihad Brigades on a website frequently used by militants, said the group would kill any hostages it takes unless they converted to Islam, paid a ransom or Muslim prisoners were exchanged for their release.
“Any infidel blood will have no sanctity,” the group said in the statement.
Update: Robert Spencer responds to Gadahn…
Gadahn rails against “the Zionist Crusaders, missionaries of hate and counter Islam consultants like Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, Michael Scheuer, and Steve Emerson.” I am honored to be in this company, of course, and pleased to see that Al-Qaeda has noticed my work and is unhappy with it.
Maybe Adam Gadahn is angry with me for describing him a couple of years ago as he appears in an old photo: as a “pudgy, long-haired American kid who appears to be locked in a desperate, losing struggle to grow a beard.” Adam, I see from more recent photos that you have won that struggle, for which I congratulate you. In your larger struggles, however, you will not prevail.
Update: Daniel Pipes responds…
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I note your offer for me to change sides in the current war. But I am faithful to my own religion, to my own country, and to my civilization. I will do my part to defeat radical, totalitarian Islam and to usher in the emergence of a modern, moderate, and good-neighborly Islam in its place.
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