When else are they going to get the West to actively and directly assist in installing Sharia regimes? You could almost say it’s like Christmas for jihadis, except that would be awfully haram. “Islamist extremists ‘elated’ over Arab unrest,” from the New York Times, April 1:
ANWAR AL-AWLAKI, pictured, the Yemeni-American cleric who is a propagandist for al-Qaeda, said Islamist extremists had gleefully watched the success of protest movements in the Arab world against governments they had long despised.
”The mujahedeen around the world are going through a moment of elation,” he wrote in the English-language al-Qaeda magazine Inspire, ”and I wonder whether the West is aware of the upsurge of mujahedeen activity in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Arabia, Algeria and Morocco?”
A handful of al-Qaeda leaders have made statements countering the common view of Western analysts that the terrorist network looks irrelevant at a time of change unprecedented in the modern Middle East. In ousting the rulers of Tunisia and Egypt and threatening others, secular-leaning protesters have called for democracy and generally avoided violence – at odds with al-Qaeda’s creed, aimed at instilling rigid Islamist rule.
And many in those countries and in the West are being played for fools by those who will promote and use “democracy” as a vehicle to impose Sharia.