Towards A Good Samaritan World

Thursday, July 07, 2005


Al-Qaeda claims responsibility:

A group called The Secret Organisation of al-Qaida in Europe today said it carried out the series of blasts in London in retaliation for Britain's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The group's statement appeared on a website popular with Islamic militants, according to Elaph, a secular Arabic-language news website, and Der Spiegel magazine in Berlin, which both published the text on their sites.

The statement, which also threatened attacks against Italy and Denmark, said: "Rejoice, Islamic nation. Rejoice, Arab world. The time has come for vengeance against the Zionist crusader government of Britain in response to the massacres Britain committed in Iraq and Afghanistan."

The massacres Britain committed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Note the hypocrisy of the statement. Al-Qaeda is committing massacres in Iraq, blowing up innocent civilians with car bombs and IEDs, every day. They kill the brave Iraqi policemen and security forces who try to avenge the massacres that they are committing. We will continue to do what al-Qaeda hypocritically claims to do: fight against those who commit massacres in Iraq.

Is al-Qaeda's end merely vengeance? Presumably they also want Britain to leave Iraq, but for what? So that they can lay down their arms and allow the elected Iraqi government do its work? Or so that they can overthrow the elected Iraqi government and... do what? Restore Saddam? Restore a hybrid regime of collaborating Baathists and jihadists? And will they be content then, or do they want to carry the war elsewhere? Do they want Iran to get a nuke, and use it to defy and make war on the West? Or, being Sunnis, are they anti-Iran too? Do they want to overthrow the House of Saud and make Mecca the center of a new caliphate? What portion of the earth would this caliphate include? North Africa and the Middle East, presumably-- and Israel-- but what about Pakistan? India? Spain? Would the Islamic lands of Southeast Asia be included, and would sharia be imposed in, say, Malaysia? If all the lands historically controlled by Islam were brought under the rule of the caliphate, would they want to expand further? I suppose capitalism has to go since the sharia forbids lending at interest. Classical Islamic civilization practiced slavery on a huge scale, feeding their slave markets by kidnapping Europeans and Africans-- would that practice be resumed? What is it, exactly, that they want? What dream is it for which those warm, breathing people became corpses today? Can al-Qaeda tell the world? Or do they even know?


  • Apt.

    That's precisely it. There can be no compromise. Why any person living in a society that allows people to pick their own direction should have to point this out is the searing question.

    From the declaration of war in 1996, it has been clear that bin Laden's war is primarily against moderate Muslims:
    As stated by the people of knowledge, it is not a secret that to use man made law instead of the Shari'a and to support the infidels against the Muslims is one of the ten "voiders" that would strip a person from his Islamic status (turn a Muslim into a Mushrik, non believer status). The All Mighty said: {and whoever did not judge by what Allah revealed, those are the unbelievers} (Al-Ma'ida; 5:44), and {but no! by your Lord! they do not believe (in reality) until they make you a judge of that which has become a matter of disagreement among them, and then do not find the slightest misgiving in their hearts as to what you have decided and submit with entire submission} (An-Nissa; 4:65).

    The screaming hypocrisy of bin Laden's statement is becoming clear in Iraq.

    By Blogger MaxedOutMama, at 9:00 AM  

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