Who said that? Matthias Kuntzel? Bernard Lewis? Robert Spencer? No, it was that Australian Misunderstander of Islam, David Hicks. Where did he get that idea? What are Muslim leaders in the West doing to ensure that other Muslims don’t get that idea?
“Hicks kept ‘jihad diary,'” from The Australian (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):
DAVID Hicks’s handwritten “jihad diary” gives new insight into the sophisticated terrorism training he underwent, exploding claims that he was an innocent abroad.
The confessed terrorism supporter used a school exercise book – complete with boy’s-own images of fighter aircraft – to write up the detailed instruction he received in weapon use, explosives and military tactics from Islamic extremists in Pakistan.
After describing how “to kill a VIP”, Hicks noted that guerilla war involved “sacrifice for Allah”. He sketched the mechanism of the telescopic sight of a sniper’s rifle and the circuitry of deadly rocket-launched warheads….
Hicks, now living in Adelaide, revealed in the book that he had been trained to carry out armed raids and ambushes, and to designate potential targets including police and railway stations.
At one point, he wrote: “To kill a vip (sic) we must penetrate 5 security circles then defend ourselves. The security is nearly the same all over the world.”…
Hicks made extensive notes on the specifications of the Heckler & Koch submachine gun, the M-16 assault rifle, RPG-7 grenade launcher and anti-tank rockets. Another drawing detailed where an anti-tank missile was to be aimed at a tank.
The exercise book was filled out by Hicks while he was training with the Lashkar-e-Toiba terror group in northern Pakistan between March and June 2000.
The Adelaide man, now 32, went on to train with al-Qa’ida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, where he was captured and handed over to US forces.
He remained in US custody, mostly at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before being repatriated to Australia last May to serve out a prison sentence imposed by a US military commission.
Hicks had pleaded guilty to a charge of providing material support to terrorists.
Hicks is believed to have sent his “jihad diary” home to Adelaide before it was seized, along with other documentation, in raids by ASIO and Australian Federal Police on the homes of his parents and other relatives.
The magistrate released a rambling letter to his mother, Susan King, sent soon after he arrived in Pakistan. Hicks said he wanted her to understand why he had taken up arms in an Islamic jihad.
Satan was aligned with Western society, which was “full of poison” introduced by Jews, he wrote. “Muslims fight against Jews and they kill them,” he wrote, purporting to quote an Islamic text, the Book of Hadith….
Of course there is no “Book of Hadith.” There are many books of Hadith. Probably this is what Hicks had in mind:
Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.” (Bukhari 4.52.177)