Australian jihadi David Hicks
Australian TV is airing a sympathetic documentary about David Hicks, a convert to Islam who is now “awaiting before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.” Piers Akerman in the Sunday Telegraph (thanks to Kevin) has a few choice words about this publicly-funded puff piece, but one section jumps out in particular:
[Hicks] also loved the fanatical Islamist notion that the religion would sweep the world, subduing all those who resisted.
“Pakistan, Kashmir and Afghanistan (will) join together in a true Islamic state. The Islamic state is nearly completed. Love, David,” he wrote.
Hicks couldn’t wait to fight the infidel, even considering the possibility of martyrdom through death. “As a Muslim, I believe in destiny. I will always fight for the truth, Islam,” he wrote.
Where did he, as a convert to Islam in Australia, get the idea that a true Islamic state was being formed in central Asia? One may assume that his Islamic mentors instructed him to read the Qur’an and other texts important to the faith. Why did he miss all the peaceful injunctions we keep hearing so much about? Why didn’t Sheikh Al-Hilali, or his daughters, explain to him that all this jihad talk was just Arabic exaggeration and poetry?
Why won’t Australian and American Muslims acknowledge that recruitment for jihad goes on in their mosques, and embark on a comprehensive program of reform?