In passing, the release of Al Quaeda No.2 Al Zawahiri's letter to their top head-chopper in Iraq, al-Zarqawi, makes it likely that the Respect/SWP Coalition are now actually more extreme than Al Quaeda. The letter is long and chatty ("remember to wrap up well at night - a true mujahideen takes care against sciatica and the temperature drops quickly in the desert. God willing, Deep Heat is often a good remedy") but half way through suggests that killing large numbers of Muslims may not be the best way to establish the Caliphate.
"if the attacks on Shia leaders were necessary to put a stop to their plans, then why were there attacks on ordinary Shia? Won't this lead to reinforcing false ideas in their minds, even as it is incumbent on us to preach the call of Islam to them and explain and communicate to guide them to the truth? And can the mujahedeen kill all of the Shia in Iraq? Has any Islamic state in history ever tried that? And why kill ordinary Shia considering that they are forgiven because of their ignorance? And what loss will befall us if we did not attack the Shia ?"
"Among the things which the feelings of the Muslim populace who love and support you will never find palatable - also - are the scenes of slaughtering the hostages. You shouldn't be deceived by the praise of some of the zealous young men and their description of you as the shaykh of the slaughterers, etc. They do not express the general view of the admirer and the supporter of the resistance in Iraq, and of you in particular by the favor and blessing of God."
"I say to you: that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media. And that we are in a media battle in a race for the hearts and minds of our Umma. And that however far our capabilities reach, they will never be equal to one thousandth of the capabilities of the kingdom of Satan that is waging war on us. And we can kill the captives by bullet."
Couldn't we swap Zawahiri for Seamus Milne and Galloway ? He seems a more moderate, liberal kind of chap.
Trouble is, they're trying to establish a caliphate while useful idiots like Seammus Milne are just reaching out to the key demographic of self-hating white liberals - people who don't realise they'd be first in the firing line whereas a straight, churchgoing dhimmi like me would probably survive quite well.
To quote the scandalously neglected Love In The Time Of Anthrax :
As she looked up, her blonde hair cascading over her shoulders, she saw a tall strangely familar man standing in front of her. He had a white turban, and long beard flecked with grey. His deep brown eyes looked into hers with a troubled expression. Could it be? Yes, it was, it was Osama himself.
"Osama, oh I am so happy to meet you at last. I've come here from England to apologise to you. You've probably heard about me from Samuel20 and Ashley on the Evening Standard, I just felt that I....' - her words were blocked by the stinging slap across her face. Osama towered above her. "Shut up infidel ! Why are you here ? You are a spy for the Americans are you not ?" he demanded. Sarapenelope's eyes filled with tears.
"Oh no, Osama, I hate the Americans, how could you say such a thing. Everything bad in the world is the fault of the Americans. Truly I am here to offer help and the love and support of the Guardian readers."
Osama's limpid brown eyes narrowed. "The Guardian ? What is this ?" he demanded. One his men spoke up, "Oh most holy one, I have heard of this 'Guardian' It is a newspaper in the West. They allow homosexuals and Jews to write in its pages. It promotes women and cultural diversity - it is a blasphemous rag Oh great leader".
Sarapenelope looked around in horror - these people seemed to have rather reactionary views.
"But Osama, everyone is equal - except the Americans - don't you think ?"
His reply was drowned out by the laughter from his men. What had she said that was funny ?
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