Thursday, March 20, 2008

Hitting the Fan

In the shadow of our perpetual election coverage and 24/7 news cycle the latest UBL message is not achieving the attention it clearly deserves.

So bent... there is no reckoning the moral equivalence of AQ attacks with the publication of editorial cartoons in defense of Free Speech.

bin Laden:
Although our tragedy in your killing of our women and children is a very great one, it paled when you went overboard in your unbelief and freed yourselves of the etiquettes of dispute and fighting and went to the extent of publishing these insulting drawings.

This is the greater and more serious tragedy, and reckoning for it will be more severe.
Incendiary device

A detailed background and timeline can be found at wiki.

Kurt Westergaard has been in hiding--frequently changing safe houses. Two Tunisians and a Dane of Moroccan descent were arrested last month for plotting to assassinate him.

The good folks over at The Jawa Report believe this may be an old tape and that UBL may be dead.

I don't know if that makes a difference. Muslims in Europe general seem to have rather short fuses.

We mark five years in Iraq. Others mark the date, as well. Here is bin Laden's closing statements:
In closing, I tell you: if there is no check on the freedom of your words, then let your hearts be open to the freedom of our actions.

And it is amazing and to make light of others that you talk about tolerance and peace at a time when your soldiers perpetrate murder even against the weak and oppressed in our countries.

Then came your publishing of these drawings, which came in the framework of a new Crusade in which the Pope of the Vatican has played a large, lengthy role.

And all of that is confirmation on your part of the continuation of the way as well as a testing of the Muslims in their religion: is the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) more beloved to them than themselves and their wealth?

The answer is what you see, not what you hear, and may our mothers be bereaved of us if we fail to help the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

And peace be upon he who follows the guidance.

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