Michelle Malkin has a superb piece in the New York Post today, in which she reminds us of how many people dismissed the possibility that the D.C. snipers might be jihadists.
* CNN downplayed Muhammad’s religious conversion – calling him by his old name, John Allen Williams, when his identity was first revealed. Malvo was cast as a clueless dupe with no true convictions.
* Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) argued: ‘There is no indication that this case is related to Islam or Muslims.’
* Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper railed against conservative commentators such as the indomitable Mark Steyn, who had taken note of Muhammad’s Islamic faith and his reportedly expressed anti-American sentiments after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Roeper . . . smugly concluded: ‘An awful lot of conservatives really, really wanted the snipers to be terrorists. But they were wrong. I’ll say that because they never will.’
Now it is time for Roeper, CAIR and the militant ‘Religion of Peace’ propagandists to face the facts once and for all. A chilling stack of evidence, introduced by Malvo’s own lawyers last week at his capital murder trial, exposes accused sniper Malvo as an unrepentant Muslim extremist.
He may not have been a card-carrying member of al Qaeda, but as Claremont Institute fellow John Hinderaker notes on Power-lineblog.com, Malvo was more of a ‘freelance’ Islamofascist – as legions of aggrieved fanatics around the world are.
Malvo’s violent drawings and anti-American and anti-Semitic rantings show him to be every bit as blood-thirsty, hatemongering and martyr-craving as any Sept. 11 hijacker or Palestinian suicide bomber. Among Malvo’s jailhouse artwork:
Exhibit 65-006: A self-portrait of Malvo in the cross hairs of a gun scope shouting, ‘ALLAH AKBAR!’ The word ‘SALAAM’ scrawled vertically. A poem: ‘Many more will have to suffer. Many more will have to die. Don’t ask me why.’
Exhibit 65-016: A portrait of Saddam Hussein with the words ‘INSHALLAH’ and ‘The Protector,’ surrounded by rockets labeled ‘chem’ and ‘nuk.’
Exhibit 65-043: Father and son portrait of Malvo and Muhammad. ‘We will kill them all. Jihad.’
Exhibit 65-056: A self-portrait of Malvo as sniper, lying in wait, with his rifle. ‘JIHAD’ written in bold letters. . . .
Exhibit 65-067: A suicide bomber labeled ‘Hamas’ walking into a McDonald’s restaurant. Another drawing of the Twin Towers burning captioned: ’85 percent chance Zionists did this.’ More scrawls: ‘ALLAH AKBAR,’ ‘JIHAD’ and ‘Islam will explode.’
Exhibit 65-103: A lion accompanies chapter and verse from the Koran (‘Sura 2:190’): ‘Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you and slay them wherever ye catch them.’
Exhibit 65-109: Portrait of Osama bin Laden, captioned ‘Servant of Allah.’ [Pictured above.]
Exhibit 65-117: The White House drawn in crosshairs, surrounded by missiles, with a warning: ‘Sep. 11 we will ensure will look like a picnic to you’ and ‘you will bleed to death little by little.’ . . .
Exhibit 65-101: Malvo’s thought for the day: ‘Islam the only true guidance, the way of peace.’
How could he call it “the way of peace”? No problem. It must be emphasized that Islamic radicals believe that what they are doing is in service of ushering in the peace of Allah wherever they are victorious. They don’t see this as in the least incompatible with violence.
Malkin continues: “Ten Americans were murdered at the hands of the Beltway-area snipers. Malvo’s lawyers say he was insane and ‘brainwashed.’ No more so than your average madrassa student in Jeddah or America-hating cave dweller in Tora Bora. Malvo is, in his own words, a ‘believer’ of Allah and a ‘soldier’ for ‘JIHAD.’
“Stop telling me Islam had nothing to do with it.”
The media, by the way, is still getting it wrong. In looking around for the drawing above, I came across headlines like “Malvo’s drawings reveal ‘Matrix’ obsession” and “Malvo’s drawings attack U.S., racial bias.” Sure, but a lot of people like “The Matrix” and are angry about racism, without going out and murdering people at gas stations. There was another element involved in this case that many are still reluctant to acknowledge.
UPDATE: Reader “corrupt mayor” tells me that the “poem” quoted above is actually a Bob Marley song, “Natural Mystic.”