It’s no wonder that people dance around charred corpses when Islamic radical leaders have attitudes like those expressed in the latest issue of “Sawt Al-Jihad” (Voice of Jihad). Note the consistent use of religious language, which is just another indication of the deep religious motives that underlie attacks like these.
From an interview with Fawwaz bin Muhammad Al-Nashami, who led the Khobar attacks of May 29, in a translation from MEMRI (thanks to Jerry Gordon):
“The infidel’s clothing was torn to shreds, and he was naked in the street. The street was full of people, as this was during work hours, and everyone watched the infidel being dragged, praise and gratitude be to Allah. …
“The brothers had exchanged fire with the patrols, all the while shouting, ‘Allah Akbar,’ and ‘There is no God but Allah.'” …
“The four of us entered the company together. We met the Arab clerks, and greeted them. We asked them: ‘Where are the Americans?’ They were all in shock, and said: ‘What’s going on? Who are you?’ We told them, ‘We are Mujahideen, and we want the Americans. We have not come to aim a weapon at the Muslims, but to purge the Arabian Peninsula, according to the will of our Prophet Muhammad, of the infidels and the polytheists who are killing our brothers in Afghanistan and Iraq. We want you to show us where they are.'”
What’s that? You read the learned pundits saying that this idea that Arabia must be purged of non-Muslims is not really an Islamic religious tenet, but a cover for political goals? Look again. It was among the Prophet’s dying wishes:
Ibn ‘Abbas said, “Thursday! What (great thing) took place on Thursday!” Then he started weeping till his tears wetted the gravels of the ground . Then he said, “On Thursday the illness of Allah’s Apostle was aggravated and he said, “Fetch me writing materials so that I may have something written to you after which you will never go astray.” The people (present there) differed in this matter and people should not differ before a prophet. They said, “Allah’s Apostle is seriously sick.’ The Prophet said, “Let me alone, as the state in which I am now, is better than what you are calling me for.” The Prophet on his death-bed, gave three orders saying, “Expel the pagans from the Arabian Peninsula, respect and give gifts to the foreign delegates as you have seen me dealing with them.” I forgot the third (order)” (Ya’qub bin Muhammad said, “I asked Al-Mughira bin ‘Abdur-Rahman about the Arabian Peninsula and he said, ‘It comprises Mecca, Medina, Al-Yama-ma and Yemen.” Ya’qub added, “And Al-Arj, the beginning of Tihama.”) (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 4, book 52, no. 288)
Back to Fawwaz bin Muhammad Al-Nashami and his acts of devotion:
“We entered one of the companies’ [offices], and found there an American infidel who looked like a director of one of the companies. I went into his office and called him. When he turned to me, I shot him in the head, and his head exploded. We entered another office and found one infidel from South Africa, and our brother Hussein slit his throat. We asked Allah to accept [these acts of devotion] from us, and from him. This was the South African infidel. …
“We turned to the third site, which was the most fortified center of all the compounds. Our plan was to remain in the car until we were alongside the American Hummer. When we were next to it, the brothers appeared from the windows [of the car] and began shouting ‘Allah Akbar,’ and shooting them. And I saw the skull of the soldier standing behind the machine gun explode before my eyes. Allah be praised. I think the driver was also killed. …
A little later on these religious fellows got in a bit of preaching:
“We went to one of the buildings. Brother Nimr, may Allah’s mercy be upon him, shoved the door until it opened. We entered and in front of us stood many people. We asked them their religion, and for identification documents. We used this time for Da’wa [preaching Islam], and for enlightening the people about our goal. We spoke with many of them.
“At the same time, we found a Swedish infidel. Brother Nimr cut off his head, and put it at the gate [of the building] so that it would be seen by all those entering and exiting.
No doubt that was sure to win them some converts. Note the beheading and, below, the throat slitting. What happened to Pearl and Berg is common practice.
“We continued in the search for the infidels, and we slit the throats of those we found among them. At the same time, we heard the sound of the patrols and the gathering [of the security personnel] outside. These cowards did not dare to enter. About 45 minutes or an hour had passed since the beginning of the operation.
“We began to comb the site looking for infidels. We found Filipino Christians. We cut their throats and dedicated them to our brothers the Mujahideen in the Philippines. [Likewise], we found Hindu engineers and we cut their throats too, Allah be praised. That same day, we purged Muhammad’s land of many Christians and polytheists.
Read the whole thing. These are common attitudes.