How refreshing it would be if once, just once, the Muslims in America who indignantly deny that people like this “German-speaking gunmen” are Muslims at all would explain just how they’re Misunderstanding Islam. But they do not do that, ever, except in deceptive and vague terms (condemnations of “terrorism” without defining who and what they mean by the word, etc.) — and that in itself is telling. “‘German Taliban’ video posted on al-Qaeda website,” by Rob Crilly in the Telegraph, October 5 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A recruiting video produced by German militants and posted on an al-Qaeda website has cast fresh light on how European Islamists are joining insurgents fighting in Pakistan’s mountainous tribal areas.
The 51-minute film shows German-speaking gunmen, armed with AK-47s, light machine guns and mortars, apparently taking on Pakistani troops in South Waziristan and Orakzai, areas close to the border with Afghanistan.
They include a clean-shaven man of Caucasian appearance, who wears a baseball hat pulled low on his face and sunglasses.
The role of the “German Taliban”, as analysts have dubbed them, emerged last week when security sources said eight Germans were believed to be at the centre of a plot by al-Qaeda cells to launch commando attacks on European cities.
German authorities believe at least 70 German nationals have travelled to Pakistan for training, with about a third returning home.
A drone strike on Monday killed eight militants, including possibly five Germans, according to Pakistani security sources, as part of a US surge in attacks to kill the plotters.
The new video is filmed in the style of a travelogue – offering a running commentary on the beauty of the region’s forested valleys and scenic waterfalls – but includes a chilling call to arms in German, exhorting young Muslims to join them in their fight against Pakistan and its American ally.
“Join the Taliban and the Mujahedeen in the holy war against the infidel government so we can establish sharia law in Pakistan and avenge all the crimes against us,” says a bearded fighter….