“Keep up the dawah and the psychological warfare,” one Muslim advised another not long ago.
From Reuters, with thanks to Kemaste:
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Departing from fiery Islamic slogans, Iraqi guerrillas have launched a propaganda campaign with an English-language video urging U.S. troops to lay down their weapons and seek refuge in mosques and homes.
The video, narrated in fluent English by what sounded like an Iraqi educated in the United States or Britain, also mocked the U.S. president’s challenge to rebels in the early days of the insurgency to ‘bring it on’.
“George W. Bush; you have asked us to ‘bring it on’. And so help me, (we will) like you never expected. Do you have another challenge?,” asked the narrator before the video showed explosions around a U.S. military Humvee vehicle.
Threats intended to demoralise and frighten in the tense build up to elections at the end of the month were tempered with invitations to desert and escape retribution.
A masked guerrilla from an unknown group called the Islamic Jihad Army, eschewing past impassioned Arabic-language threats of holy war, told U.S. soldiers: “This is not your war, nor are you fighting for a true cause in Iraq.”
“To the American soldiers we say you can also choose to fight tyranny with us. Lay down your weapons and seek refuge in our mosques, churches and homes. We will protect you,” he said.
This offer of protection after surrender is of course in line with traditional Islamic theology, rooted in the Qur’an, of offering the protection of dhimmitude to “People of the Book” — mainly Jews and Christians — who submit to Islamic rule. Of course, that “protection” amounts to all manner of insititutionalized harassment and discrimination.