Ayman al Zawahiri is at it again. This time he uses Azzam the American, a.k.a. Adam Gadahn, an Islam convert, as his messenger. The tape says Americans need to convert to Islam or suffer the consequences:
Al Qaeda called on non-Muslims especially in the United States to convert to Islam and abandon their ‘misguided’ ways or else suffer, according to a video tape posted on a Web site on Saturday.
The speaker was identified as Azzam the American, also known as Adam Yahiye Gadahn — an Islamic convert from California wanted for questioning by the FBI and who U.S. authorities believe to be involved in an information campaign for al Qaeda.
“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,” Gadahn said in English.
He appeared in the video dressed in a white turban and seated in front of a computer and books.
Al Qaeda’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawhari made a brief statement at the beginning of the tape — dated September 2006 — urging viewers to listen carefully to the message, entitled: “An Invitation to Islam”.
With only nine days until the fifth anniversary of 9/11, it’s no surprise that we’d hear something from al Qaeda although I assumed Bin Laden would have delivered the message. But there’s still time; Bin Laden still may pop his head out of the cave in which he’s hiding.
Update: ABC News runs with the very PC headline “New al Qaeda Video Invites Americans to Convert to Islam.” Right. Al Qaeda is inviting us to join Islam.
Here’s ABC’s report:
In an apparent Sept. 11 communiqué broadcast on ABC News, an al Qaeda operative threatens new attacks against cities in the U.S. and Australia.
“Yesterday, London and Madrid. Tomorrow, Los Angeles and Melbourne, Allah willing. And this time, don’t count on us demonstrating restraint or compassion,” the tape warns. “We are Muslims. We love peace, but peace on our terms, peace as laid down by Islam, not the so-called peace of occupiers and dictators.”
Sorry folks, but the quote above is from an old ABC News story. The link is correct, though.
Michelle Malkin has transcribed some of the video:
“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.”
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I can’t wait to wear a burqa and be only a shadow of my former self and be treated like chattel.
Sure, that sounds really inviting.
Update II: Isn’t it ironic. The day al Qaeda issues a new tape urging Americans to convert to Islam or else, we hear President Bush is backing off of the term Islamic Fascism out of respect to Muslim groups.
Update IV: John at Power Line provides very interesting comments about Islamofascism of today and the Bolshevik movement in the early 20th century:
Someone–if I could remember who, I’d credit him–wrote recently that the Islamic terrorism we are now experiencing is analogous to the Bolshevik and anarchist terrorism of the early years of the 20th century. If that’s true, we have a long road ahead of us. Europe will very likely succumb to Islam in the years to come, for reasons of demography and spiritual and intellectual exhaustion. But Americans are no more interested in converting to Islam than they were in adopting socialism. And Americans not only are more stubborn about such things than Europeans, they are also better at reproducing.
Damn straight! Especially about the reproducing.