I trust that moderate Muslim spokesmen all over the U.S. are even as I write this hastening to explain that it is not the duty of Muslims to declare jihad against Infidels, and that Al-Qaeda has in this particular gotten Islam all wrong, wrong, wrong, and that they are beginning comprehensive, transparent programs in American mosques and Islamic schools to teach against this idea. Aren’t they?
“Al Qaeda Threatens New Strikes,” by Margaret Coker and Chip Cummins in the Wall Street Journal, January 18 :
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula issued fresh threats Monday against the U.S. and its Mideast allies, promising to retaliate against a surge of strikes launched in the past month against its leaders and safe havens in Yemen.
The terrorist group also denied statements made by Yemeni authorities late last week that six of al Qaeda’s senior leaders in the country, including the man identified as the leader of the group’s military operations, had been killed in an air strike.
“The Yemeni government has been making many false claims … against the Mujahedeen leaders in the Arabian Peninsula. The latest of these claims is that it killed six of them,” the group said, according to a statement posted online on Islamist Web sites. “We assure our Muslim nation that none of the mujahedeen were killed in that unjust and insidious raid; rather, some brothers were slightly wounded.”…
In its statement issued Monday, al Qaeda warned that it was ready to retaliate against that surge, and it urged other Yemenis to help it fight “the infidels and their agent helpers.”
“The duty of our Muslim nation is to declare jihad against the infidels and their agent helpers, not only on the ground, but in the sea and air as well as their Crusader warships in the Gulf of Aden,” according to the statement. “As they declared it to be an open war on the people of Islam, we must declare an open war against [them].”…
“They declared it to be an open war on the people of Islam”? Somehow I missed that declaration.