Fjordman sends us this item, along with this comment: “These Taliban people must suffer from Islamophobia or something, since they believe there are numerous calls for violent Jihad in the Koran.”
Indeed. Note Baitullah Mehsud’s words: “Then we will attack them in the US and Britain until they either accept Islam or agree to pay jazia (a tax in Islam for non-Muslims living in an Islamic state).”
But try asking a self-proclaimed moderate leader in America about whether or not the Qur’an really calls on Muslims to wage war against non-Muslims and subjugate them, imposing a tax upon them. He will either not give you a straight answer or call you an “Islamophobe,” or both.
And then there will be the inevitable charges that by calling attention to this jihadist use of the Qur’an, I am helping those jihadists instead of the moderates I should be helping. Fine: I invite any moderate to explain what he or she would say to Baitullah Mehsud to try to convince him that the Qur’an does not actually counsel war, and to alert him to the existence of a mainstream Islamic tradition that teaches peaceful coexistence with nonbelievers as equals on an indefinite basis.
“Pakistan Taleban vow more violence,” from the BBC:
Pro-Taleban militants have been strengthening their hold in Pakistan’s tribal areas following controversial peace deals with the authorities. Haroon Rashid of the BBC’s Urdu service is one of the few reporters working for a Western media organisation with access to the area.
After visiting the site of the bombing, we were done with the basic purpose of the trip. I asked the militants if I could see their leader, Baitullah Mehsud.
Baitullah’s private army along with other militant groups have imposed a strict Islamic code in North and parts of South Waziristan.
They run a parallel government here. Music and videos are banned while militants claim people approach them for settlement of their disputes.
With a black-dyed beard, 34-year-old Baitullah greeted us in a big room with several of his armed men beside him. We sat on a new colourful quilt spread on the ground.
Baitullah seemed a man with only jihad (holy war) on his mind. During the interview he quoted several verses from the Koran to defend his stance that foreign forces must be evicted from Islamic countries.
“Allah on 480 occasions in the Holy Koran extols Muslims to wage jihad. We only fulfil God’s orders. Only jihad can bring peace to the world,” he says.
The militant leader on several occasions in the past had openly admitted crossing over into Afghanistan to fight foreign troops.
“We will continue our struggle until foreign troops are thrown out. Then we will attack them in the US and Britain until they either accept Islam or agree to pay jazia (a tax in Islam for non-Muslims living in an Islamic state).”
Baitullah predicted an even bloodier year for foreign forces in Afghanistan.
“The mujahideen will carry out even more severe attacks. If they [the West] have air power we have fidayeen [suicide bombers]… They will leave dishonoured.”
Before we left, Baitullah gave us perfume and a book in Urdu on ‘Why Jihad is a must‘. On our way back, we saw newly built white graves on the roadside.