From The Telegraph:
A couple of weeks ago one of the nutters who runs al-Qa’eda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, delivered a ferocious denunciation of one of his and his movement’s most bitter enemies: that well-known zealot and extremist Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Her Majesty is also, of course, by the Grace of God, Defender of the Faith, and this appears to be what cheesed off old Ayman. He pilloried her as one of the “severest enemies of Islam”, and for being responsible for what he called (with a deliciously mediaeval turn of phrase) Britain’s “crusader laws”.
We should let pass for a moment the detailed knowledge of the British constitution that such remarks indicate Mr al-Zawahiri manifestly doesn’t have. What is particularly wonderful about his words is that they appear, almost unprecedentedly, to have stirred our beloved Queen into one of those defences of the Faith that figure so prominently in her job description. Addressing her fellow extremists in the Synod on Tuesday, she celebrated the “uniqueness” of the Christian faith, and of her “conviction that all people, irrespective of race, background or circumstances, can find lasting significance and purpose in the Gospel of Jesus Christ”.