“His similitude is that of a dog” (Qur’an 7:176)
Here’s the World War I Infidel zooming through the air in his Sopwith Camel…
This lovely missive came in this morning from an IP address in Damascus, Syria. The subject line was “Robert Spencer,” so I suppose all the rest is meant to refer to me:
followed his own vain desires. His similitude is that of a dog: if you attack him, he lolls out his tongue, or if you leave him alone, he (still) lolls out his tongue. That is the similitude of those who reject Our Signs; so relate the story; perchance they may reflect.
Evil as an example are people who reject Our Signs and wrong their own souls.
Whom Allah doth guide, he is on the right path: whom He rejects from His guidance, such are the persons who perish.
Many are the Jinns and men We have made for Hell: they have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle, nay more misguided: for they are heedless (of warning…
This is, of course, all from the Qur’an (7:176-179). I haven’t noticed my tongue lolling out, but you never know. Anyway, for the author of this email, the present conflict is essentially religious, and bound up with the teachings of Islam and the Qur’an. Yet Western analysts continually and consistently reject those teachings as irrelevant to understanding the motives and goals of the jihadists, and the mainstream media, both liberal and conservative, considers investigation of those motives and goals to be “bigoted” and offensive in itself.