We’ve covered the dawah buses that appeared in various cities a few months ago, but has anyone seen anything like this white truck? In “A Different Kind of Ice Cream,” November 23, the estimable Baldilocks recalls a strange visitor to her Los Angeles neighborhood:
[…] At midday, I was in the back of the house in my office–blogging, of course. At some point, a noise entered my consciousness. It was a voice, a tinned one and, as I listened I became aware of three things: that the voice was male, that it was coming out of a bullhorn and that it was repeating the same phrase over and over again. However, I could not make out the words at first. […]
The voice was coming from speakers attached to the type of truck that is sometimes used by ice cream vendors. The truck was spotlessly clean and gleaming white except for the design on the side: the huge blood-red star-and-crescent symbol of Islam.
The occupant had been exhorting the residents of this neighborhood using a two-sentence phrase, most of which I have blocked out of my memory. But I do remember one part and, really, it’s the only relevant part. The occupant was advising us to…
By the time I gained the presence of mind to grab a camera, the gleaming white truck had moved on. I haven’t seen it since.
From the time that it came to light the Major Nidal Malik Hasan basically warned the FBI and the Army of what he was–if not of what he was about to do–I’ve been thinking of that “ice cream” truck and what that particular vendor was selling. Aren’t Jihadis required to warn their infidel foes and invite them to convert before any attack?
“Embrace Islam,” he said. Left unspoken was the alternative.