How is it that they call him a “warrior for Islam” when Muslims in the U.S. have been all over the media since he was killed, assuring us that his actions have nothing to do with Islam? Isn’t there a single Islamic spokesman in the U.S. who will explain that cognitive dissonance? And if not, why not? And won’t any non-Muslim analyst consider the implications of that unwillingness or inability to explain?
Islamization of Secular Turkey Update: “Turkey: Thousands attend bin Laden ‘funeral,'” by Aviel Magnezi for Ynet News, May 8 (thanks to Joshua):
Thousands participated in a funeral ceremony for assassinated al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Istanbul on Friday, following Muslim burial rites but not including an actual burial….
“The US, UK and Israel are the murderers of the martyr,” the participants chanted. “The US is the terrorist, bin Laden is the warrior.”
The mourners carried pictures of bin Laden and signs condemning his assassination, and called the man who planned the September 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans “a beautiful, wise man, a warrior for Islam.”
The mourners, who gathered near Istanbul’s Fatih Mosque, which is located in the area that is considered Turkey’s epicenter of Islamic extremism, burned Israeli, American and British flags, and prayed facing a stone bench that traditionally holds the body of the deceased.