Note how al-Qaeda couches its appeal strictly in Islamic terms, and makes use of the established Islamic legal concept that jihad warfare becomes obligatory on every Muslim when a Muslim land is considered to have been attacked. Instead of confronting the theological content of al-Qaeda's appeal and explaining why it is wrong on islamic grounds, so that more Muslims from the West don't end up joining this supposedly false jihad, "moderate" groups in the U.S. such as Hamas-linked CAIR are spending huge amounts of money on an ad campaign designed to convince people that jihad is just getting in your exercise and making friends. Well, Muhammad said it: "war is deceit"!
"Qaeda urges jihad against France in Mali: SITE," from AFP, February 12 (thanks to Lookmann):
AFP - Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has called for jihad, or holy war, to thwart France's military intervention in Mali against Islamist rebels, SITE Intelligence agency reported on Tuesday.
"Supporting the Muslims in Mali is a duty for every capable Muslim with life and money, everyone according to their ability," the Sharia Committee of the extremist group said in a statement reported by US-based SITE, which monitors extremist Internet forums.
AQAP, which has been labelled the most dangerous branch of the global jihadist network, said France's "Crusader campaign against Islam" has no justification and a "declaration of aggression against Islam and its people."
It said jihad is "more obligatory on the people who are closer" to the fight, in an apparent reference to North African nations and those living in countries helping France.
"Helping the disbelievers against Muslims in any form is apostasy from the religion," it added....