“The powers of evil are united in waging wars against Islam and their people…” No, we aren’t. On our side, evil or not, we refuse to acknowledge that Islam has anything to do with this, and so decline to take the necessary steps to stop jihadist recruitment, limp along in sham alliances with states that are working against us while working with us, and more. From AP, with thanks to Mackie:
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – A previously unknown Palestinian group released the first video Wednesday of two kidnapped Fox News journalists and demanded that Muslim prisoners in U.S. jails be released within 72 hours in exchange for the men.
In the video, correspondent Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig appeared to be in good health, seated on the floor in sweat suits against a black background with no logos or banners. No armed men were shown.
The two had not been seen since they were kidnapped Aug. 14 near the Palestinian security services headquarters in Gaza City.
“Our captors are treating us well,” said Centanni, 60, of Washington, D.C., adding that they had access to clean water, showers, bathrooms, food and clothing.
“So, just want to let you know I am here and alive and give my love to my family and friends and ask to do anything you can to try to help us get out of here,” he added.
A written statement accompanying the video was issued by a group called the Holy Jihad Brigades. The statement railed against the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“The powers of evil are united in waging wars against Islam and their people,” it said….
The militants’ statement was peppered with verses from the Koran and written in a literary, poetic style – a sharp departure from the terse statements usually issued by Palestinian militant groups….