Who said that? Spencer? Trifkovic? Davis? Some other greasy Islamophobe?
Nope. It was Momin Khawaja, now on trial in Ontario on terror charges, writing mash notes to his beloved. Of course, the Correct Thinkers would have us believe that Momin Khawaja is yet another Misunderstander of Islam, a benighted fellow who somehow missed the Qur’an’s many injunctions of peace and tolerance. Yet still glaringly absent from the scene is the peaceful Muslim group that will teach Muslims — not eager-to-be-reassured non-Muslims — that guns, warfare and weaponry are not instruments that enable a Muslim to carry out the obligation of the Jihad, and should indeed be eschewed forever in favor of peaceful coexistence with non-Muslims as equals on an indefinite basis, under a government that does not establish a religion. The learned analysts continue to assume, without evidence, that most Muslims want this kind of coexistence, and indeed, that they are working for it.
“Emails criticize ‘West’s dominance,'” by Richard Brennan in the Toronto Star, July 15 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Here’s a sampling of what Momin Khawaja wrote in a series of emails in 2003 with Zeba Khan during an Internet courtship:
“¢ “For a sincere Muslim, guns, warfare and weaponry are a means of defense, a means of deliverance and something which enables him to carry out the obligation of the Jihad . . . a war-like mentality is needed against the . . . governments, armies, supporters because they are at war with us. America is at war with Islam, Israel is at war with Islam . . . how can we put down arms, when today we are in our worst state ever. Country after country is taken over, yet no one is willing to fight.”
“¢ “Not a day goes by, that I do not wish to be with the Mujahideen in the front-lines of Jihad.”
“¢ “I get really cheesed when I turn on the TV and see all the negative propaganda directed against Islam, the insidious kind, the one where all the badguys in the movies are Muslim terrorists and the evil villain in the movie is a corrupt religious figure and all the women in hijab are oppressed . . . There are no positive Muslim characters in the media these days.”
OTTAWA-Momin Khawaja said in a 2003 email that he couldn’t stand by and watch “blood-thirsty” imperialists attack Afghanistan and other Muslim countries while he held down a cushy 9-to-5 job.
“There is no excuse deep down, just reaping the benefits of life in the West,” wrote Khawaja, who was arrested four years ago and is now on trial in Ontario Superior Court on seven terrorism-related charges, including allegedly funding known terrorists and building a device to be used to explode a 600-kilogram fertilizer bomb in a failed attack on London.
“I was not content with the idea of a 9-to-5 life where you just put on a smiley face and pretend you can’t do anything, change anything, while the muslim (sic) world is in flames,” the now 29-year-old computer programmer said in an Aug. 8, 2003, email to his former Pakistani fiancÃ©e.
Almost 200 pages of emails, most of them related to the courtship between Khawaja and Zeba Khan, 23, were released to the public yesterday. Khawaja worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs as a software developer.
Khawaja wrote that to do nothing was to “watch the West’s dominance, blood-thirsty imperialism, and the Ummah’s (Muslim world’s) oppression. It’s just like Bush said … you are either on their side or our side.”
If only Bush had followed through on that.