Mrs. Obelix has sent a link to “Don’t Worry, We Don’t Kill Muslims” with the following comment: “Let’s see. After I recite the Shahada in the presence of witnesses I become a Muslim. If I later deny Islam, I can be killed as an apostate. Perhaps it would be better if I just trampled a crucifix or spit on a mezuzah or something.” I tend to share her view; I rather suspect that my skin is not worth saving if the price is such a deception.
Nor is this the first time Islamists have specifically targeted infidels. In Malaysia in 2000, for example, jihadists purposefully killed two non-Muslim hostages and spared two others, both Muslims. In Pakistan in 2002, a police chief noted killers “took a good fifteen minutes in segregating the Christians and making sure that each one of their targets gets the most horrific death.” The murderers separated Christians from Muslims by requiring each hostage to recite a verse from the Koran. Those who could not were shot.
In all these cases, non-Muslims facing jihadists could have saved themselves by passing as Muslims.
Pipes goes on to give a handy guide to impersonating a Muslim.
It’s a pity Frank Gardner didn’t get a chance to read Pipes’ article. He would have been far more convincing.