Twenty years ago, Dr Fadl became al-Qaeda’s intellectual figurehead with a crucial book setting out the rationale for global jihad against the West.
Today, however, he believes the murder of innocent people is both contrary to Islam and a strategic error. “Every drop of blood that was shed or is being shed in Afghanistan and Iraq is the responsibility of bin Laden and Zawahiri and their followers,” writes Dr Fadl.
The terrorist attacks on September 11 were both immoral and counterproductive, he writes. “Ramming America has become the shortest road to fame and leadership among the Arabs and Muslims. But what good is it if you destroy one of your enemy’s buildings, and he destroys one of your countries? What good is it if you kill one of his people, and he kills a thousand of yours?” asks Dr Fadl. “That, in short, is my evaluation of 9/11.”
He is equally unsparing about Muslims who move to the West and then take up terrorism. “If they gave you permission to enter their homes and live with them, and if they gave you security for yourself and your money, and if they gave you the opportunity to work or study, or they granted you political asylum,” writes Dr Fadl, then it is “not honourable” to “betray them, through killing and destruction”.
Every drop of blood spilled in Iraq and Afghanistan is on Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri’s hands, not George W. Bush’s as the left in this country would have you believe. This is an amazing turn around from the “America is the devil” we are so used to hearing. President Bush proved that America’s overwhelming force would defeat the evil of terrorism and global jihad. Dr. Fadl’s comments sound like they spring from a man who knows he has been defeated.
Thank God for George W. Bush and his commitment to protect America.
I will leave you with some of Don’s comments:
There may be a reason it is no longer called the Global War On Terrorism.
We may have won.
Not everyone in the world is an American liberal.
The other side — the enemy — sees our invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq as their defeat — their death.
And it scares them.
Because Bill Maher was wrong; they are not heroes but rather cowards who pick on innocents.