Wednesday, May 18, 2005
One can only hope that the "mainstream" Muslims in Iraq, and throughout the world, will someday realize that embracing Islam is a death sentence. There is no "volunteering" for Jihad. Jihad will come to you.
Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq defended the killing of "innocent Muslims" in suicide bombings against U.S. forces, saying it was legitimate under Islam for the sake of jihad (holy war), according to an audio tape attributed to him today.
"The killing of infidels by any method including martyrdom (suicide) operations has been sanctified by many scholars even if it means killing innocent Muslims. This legality has been agreed upon ... so as not to disrupt jihad," Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said on the tape posted on an Islamist Web site.
In case anyone thought being Muslim would protect them as their correligionists go after the Jews and infidels, they'd best think again. Zarqawi and his Jihadis are playing a game of death in which everyone else is just a pawn to be sacrificed.
"Protecting religion is more important than protecting (Muslim) lives, honour or wealth," said the man who sounded like Zarqawi. "The shedding of Muslim blood ... is allowed in order to avoid the greater evil of disrupting jihad."
What he means is "Don't worry, if you are blown up on your way to the supermarket, at least you will have a street named after you somewhere in Ramallah." Who wouldn't be comforted by that?
He said Muslims killed unintentionally in such attacks were "martyrs who died for Islam".
And if they tell you that Israel shouldn't worry about Iranian nukes, because it would be impossible for the Ayatollahs to drop them on the Jews without killing all the Israeli Muslims, well...
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