Skip to comments.Mort Zuckerman: Looking evil right in the eye
Posted on 07/15/2004 5:33:39 AM PDT by SJackson
The grotesque cruelties of the radical Islamists leave no doubt about the enemy we're up against. News of their horrific abductions and beheadings fly around the globe on the Internet and satellite TV technologies, in their twisted minds, invented by the infidel but the perpetrators of the outrages are throwbacks to the Dark Ages. The masked cowards pose with their helpless captives while presenting demands they know cannot, and will not, be met. Their purpose is manipulation: to increase the pain of the victim's family and friends; to force western governments to moderate their opposition to the terrorist networks; to panic foreigners into leaving Muslim lands.
This is not simply a war against America. These killings are not about the Abu Ghraib prison scandal or American actions in Iraq and Afghanistan they're not even about Israel. They are a tactic in a war to claim the world for a perverted version of Islam. It is not what we do but who we are and we are in the way as these misguided men seek to restore a new unified Muslim umma (community), ruled by a new caliphate, governed by Islamic law, and organized to wage jihad against the rest of the world. These men, as Osama bin Laden wrote, are bent on the "disappearance" of the United States and "the infidel West" from the Islamic world. In their war against the "infidels," the terrorists kill irrespective of nationality, race, religion, or politics: Filipinos, Greeks, Italians, South Africans, South Koreans, Christians, and Hindus are victims many from countries that played no part in the invasion of Iraq.
Joyous killing. The unfathomable depths of the terrorists' moral depravity is manifest in the remarks of one of the jihadists, whose interview on an al Qaeda-linked website was translated from Arabic by the Middle East Media Research Institute. The speaker was Fawwaz bin Mohammed al-Nashami, commander of the al-Quds Brigade, who took responsibility for the recent murders of westerners in Khobar, Saudi Arabia. He described how he and his brothers shot their way into the compound, where they killed a British worker, then tied his body to their car. The four men drove, he said, until "the infidel's clothing was torn to shreds and he was naked in the street, and everyone watched the infidel being dragged. Praise and gratitude be to Allah." Then the terrorists stormed another compound and found an American. "I shot him in the head, and his head exploded," Nashami recounted. "We entered another office and found one infidel from South Africa, and our brother Hussein slit his throat. We asked Allah to accept [these pious acts] from us and from him." Then they caught a few more workers, checked on their religion, and then slit their throats, except for one American because he was a Muslim. All of this Nashami described with a sense of joy.
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when did mort "get religion"?
"when did mort "get religion"?"
A wolf in sheep's clothing.
ah, the cynicism:> can't we all just get along? oh, well.
"ah, the cynicism:> can't we all just get along? oh, well."
"Harmless as a "dove"......."
....wise as a serpent...innocent as a dove:>
"Looking evil right in the eye"
Some countries blink (France, Spain, Phillipines), we spit.
"innocent as a dove:>"
innocent???? I think the better word is harmless, got to know what "wisdom" is to know what and whom not to harm.
it's a biblical quotation. i believe the underlying inference is that we choose to be innocent, but not fooled.
Ooops. Thought this was a story about Hillary.
Since Zuckerman has his stuff ghost-written for him, I generally do not read him (or rather, his ghost-writer).
> A wolf in sheep's clothing.
Most likely. But he's written several good pieces in recent weeks.
I think that the people of Iraq are going to lead this cleanup.
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