Al’ Qaeda and the Islamic Caliphate [Reader Post]

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We keep hearing about these “freedom fighters” in Tunisia, Egypt. Libya, and Yemen. We are told by the press that the people of these countries have spontaneously rose up to overthrow the oppressive dictatorships that have long held them imprisoned in poverty and despair. But who are these “freedom fighters” really, and how are they being trained and equipped? This paper questions whether what at first glance appears to be random events, might actually be a highly coordinated strategic war against the West by a surreptitious yet highly successful foe whose intent is upon global domination.

While we have been chasing Al’ Qaeda across the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Osama Ben Laden and Ayman Al Zawahiri have been busily fomenting revolutions throughout the Middle East. From Egypt to Yemen, from Bahrain to Libya, Al Qaeda is on the rise, and we are helping them remove the stumbling blocks (current regimes) from their path. Should they succeed in their quest, they will establish an Islamic Caliphate over the entire Middle East and control a good portion of the World’s oil. I do not make this claim lightly. This is their strategy and they are following it to the letter. It is their intention to destabilize the entire region in order for the Caliphate to emerge as the only credible option. As of the time of this article, revolutions are currently under way in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain with demonstrations also in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Algeria. As we shall see, It is not unreasonable to assume the Al Qaeda has a hand in all of them. But for the purpose of this essay we will focus primarily on just one, Egypt.

Egypt

Although Egypt was not the first to fall, it is thus far the largest and perhaps most significant. Although the press constantly refer to Hosni Mubarak’s ouster as a “democratic revolution”, it remains to be seen whether a democracy actually takes shape. There are strong forces pushing for an Islamic state similar to Iran’s theocracy. This has been the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood first and later the Egyptian Islamic Jihad from their beginning. These are the also the groups that have been engaged in the “jihad” or “struggle” for Islamic supremacy since the assassinations of Nasser and Sadat. Members of both groups have been jailed and/or executed for various and sundry crimes against the state, including conspiracy, assassination and murder. There is little doubt that both these groups are involved up to their eyebrows in the current revolution. But there may also be another group equally committed to the collapse of the Mubarak regime and the end of Western influence in Egypt, possibly a group which also seeks the formation of an Islamic Caliphate…Al’ Qaeda.

To prove that Al’ Qaeda is tied to the Egyptian revolution is not difficult. To begin with Al’ Qaeda has a long history with both the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Indeed, Al’ Qaeda’s number 2 man, Ayman Al Zawahiri was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood from the age of 14 before becoming a founding member of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, whose stated goal was to overthrow the government of Egypt in order to establish an Islamic Caliphate. To achieve this end, Zawahiri has engaged in numerous acts of terror including, the November 19, 1995 bombing of the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad and possibly the tourist massacre at Luxor, Egypt on November 17,1997 for which Zawahiri was tried and found guilty in abstentia by an Egyptian court in 1999. The attack was brutally successful and tourism to Egypt dropped precipitously under concerns that the Egyptian government could not guarantee the safety of foreign tourists to their ancient sites.

According to sources, after meeting Osama ben Laden in Peshawar, Pakistan, merged his Egyptian Islamic Jihad cell into Al’ Qaeda. Since their union, Osama ben Laden and Ayman Al Zawahiri have embarked on a relentless crusade to destabilize the West in order to institute the long awaited Islamic Caliphate throughout the Middle East. They have spawned Al’ Qaeda cells throughout the world spreading their doctrine of Islamic purity and supremacy. They have also been directly linked to terrorist acts of murder and mayhem around the globe, and they are dead set on establishing a world wide Islamic Caliphate, no matter how many people they have to sacrifice in order to make that happen, or how long it might take. Just prior to the fall of the Mubarak regime, on February 28, 2011, Zawahiri released a tape on behalf of Al’ Qaeda praising the Egyptian revolution and calling for the installation of the Caliphate. (see: Al Qaeda looks to co-opt Egypt, Tunisia unrest)

Since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, many of the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic Jihad prisoners have been released, including Ayman Al Zawahiri’s own brother, who has been imprisoned for the past ten years, supposedly in order to gain intelligence about Al Qaeda’s number two. Should any sort of elections occur, the Muslim Brotherhood, with its attendant military wing, the Islamic Jihad, is well positioned to influence, if not control, a new government, especially if support from the military is forthcoming. Should that happen, the Caliphate will have begun and in all likelihood will expand with other Islamacist regimes having to cast aside their differences in order to merge with the Caliphate, especially if the Caliphate becomes headquartered in Saudi Arabia wherein lies Mecca and Medina, or better yet Jerusalem, where Mohammed purportedly flew to heaven on his magical horse, Buraq. Obviously Israel would have to cease to exist for this to occur, so the Israelis have been taking a hard, nervous look at these revolts popping up around the Middle East.

Like a neutron star pulling other systems into its gravitational field, so would the nascent Caliphate draw all Muslim regimes unto itself, beginning with the ones closest, spreading ever outward until the entire muslim world falls under its power. These are the plans of Al’ Qaeda. And if you think they are not well on their way in accomplishing their goal, think again!

Below are some links to Al Qaeda’s push to take over the region. In addition to where we know Al’ Qaeda already maintains a presence, ie Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Indonesia…

Interpol Says Al-Queda is a Growing Threat in Africa

Al Qaida commander backs Libyan rebels in message

Al Qaeda in Yemen Worries the West

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)

Is al-Qaeda working in Nigeria?

Six Al-Qaeda suspects detained in Bahrain

Morocco breaks up al Qaeda terror cell

35 Responses to “Al’ Qaeda and the Islamic Caliphate [Reader Post]”

  1. 26

    Ariel

    This paper questions whether what at first glance appears to be random events, might actually be a highly coordinated strategic war against the West by a surreptitious yet highly successful foe whose intent is upon global domination.

    I must have missed the link, Ariel. What “paper” would that be? – MataHarley

    Greetings MataHarley,

    That would be the paper you would have been reading had what I had written actually been on paper and not on a computer. Please forgive my archaic terminology. I’m just an old codger who still prefers paper over pixels.

    It’s a mentality, and is certainly not confined to what the average reader knows as “al Qaeda”. They may not be orchestrating any or all of these uprisings as a collective group, but the mentality is alive, well, and organized… waiting for the vacuum to seize power with their far more organized skills and financial backing. That’s why many of us have been bucking this “democratic uprising” crap the media and admin parrot to the masses.

    I did not ever mean to imply that the Islamic unrest that is sweeping through the Middle East is being solely directed by Al’ Qaeda. However, I have come to believe that they are at the very forefront of this fight. I think we greatly underestimate the appeal and influence Osama Bin Laden has in the Muslim world. Although moderate Muslims may decry his violent methods, secretly they may admire Bin Laden’s ability to carry the battle to the enemy and inflict substantial damage. This is why they danced in the streets on hearing of 911. Those were not all “jihadis” dancing. They were young and old, rich and poor, Shiite and Sunni, all celebrating the carnage visited upon the “Great Satan”.

    Not only is Osama (funny how his name looks so much like Obama’s) able to claim credit for 911, the most highly successful foreign attack ever on American soil, at the very heart of America’s financial district, but he is also seen as being instrumental in defeating the Soviets in Afghanistan. Nor were either of the super powers able to capture or kill Bin Laden, or Ayman Al Zawahiri for that matter. Add these colossal triumphs to his growing resume of terrorist bombings and attacks, and you have a formidable hero to the Muslim world, a veritable “Mahdi”.

    So there may be many groups competing for political control, but I believe only one truly captures the hearts and minds of the Arab street, for they are seen to be the ones at the forefront of the battle since their very beginning…Al’ Qaeda.

    You mention that Muslim Brotherhood and AQ have been released from prisons post Mubarak. I know that there were prison breaks and release of MB and jihadists DURING the riots while Mubarak was in power. Egypt is now under control of the Egyptian military… martial law, so to speak. Are you telling us the Egptian military is releasing MB and AQ prisoners? You have links to this data?

    Try this one :

    Egypt releases 60 political prisoners
    Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:24PM
    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/169611.html

    or this:

    Egypt releases brother of al Qaeda’s Zawahiri-lawyer
    http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/03/17/idINIndia-55657620110317

  2. 27

    MataHarley

    premium_subscriber

    Thanks you for that clarification of “this paper”, Ariel. Thought I was missing some major white paper release, while busy with the daily tasks in my own, small world backyard. I certainly understand clinging to older terminology. After my brief forays into the new “social media”, I found myself retreating further in the either handwritten letters and cards, or “old fashioned” (in this day and age) emails.

    Thank you for the links to post Mubarak, Egyptian martial rule actions. I’ve been quite busy with my own back yard and making a living, so it’s been difficult to focus news searches on things other that the narrow headlines the media follows. In today’s news, everyone covers the same three stories… in overabundance and speculation. So if you want to follow up on events, you have to search special publications about specific events. What you link with the PressTV is enough to confirm what I was railing about during the Egyptian riots… that the uprising was anything but “pro democratic”. When the Egyptian military takes it upon themselves to release those suspected of Sadat’s assassination, they are direct links to Zawahiri… and by proxy to OBL. For them to forgive these elements during temporary power hold, and turn them loose… for no reason other than to pronounce the terms are fully served…. is not a good sign of the way Egypt is headed. However, it’s also not a surprise to me. I doubt it will be to Israel either.

    You said:

    I did not ever mean to imply that the Islamic unrest that is sweeping through the Middle East is being solely directed by Al’ Qaeda. However, I have come to believe that they are at the very forefront of this fight. I think we greatly underestimate the appeal and influence Osama Bin Laden has in the Muslim world. Although moderate Muslims may decry his violent methods, secretly they may admire Bin Laden’s ability to carry the battle to the enemy and inflict substantial damage. This is why they danced in the streets on hearing of 911. Those were not all “jihadis” dancing. They were young and old, rich and poor, Shiite and Sunni, all celebrating the carnage visited upon the “Great Satan”.

    I don’t think that anyone underestimates the inspiration, or financial aid and organization, that AQ has provided since their rise after their merger with EIJ, and their successful assaults. However there is a danger in identifying the enemy as just “al Qaeda” (as I point out later…) in a very literal world who is happy to give other jihadis a pass because they are small fish. You are correct in your focus on jihad. I think you would do well to modify your writings that address the enemy to the larger one we really face… the global Islamic jihad movement. Part of our problem in the past is that many could not accept Saddam’s dealings with splinter groups of the same ideology simply because they didn’t have an AQ “get out of jail free” card. The same happens on the domestic front when anyone defines a union force as simply the SEIU, with they are only one part of those with a larger ideology. Are they and the AFL-CIO two of the largest and most inspirational? Yes. Are they the only problem? Hang no…

    Thus why no one cared to pursue global Islamic jihad movements anywhere, unless they had “al Qaeda” somewhere in their name…. AQ in Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, etc. I don’t care if they call themselves Group of Bobs. They are all bad guys with the same goal. Thus I will respectfully disagree with your comment that you “…believe only one truly captures the hearts and minds of the Arab street, for they are seen to be the ones at the forefront of the battle since their very beginning…Al’ Qaeda.” I might say that is true only of Americans, with limited knowledge of the history of the quest for the Caliphate and jihad in general. OBL is only the more modern leader. Even Zawahiri has the right to look at OBL as a punk in the world of jihad. But it’s only since he’s been around,and pulled off one huge assault with very little assets, that the sleeping westerners have awakened. Big difference.

    The biggest error that westerners do is to view Shariah, the Qur’an and jihad through their own western prism. In fact, to understand the different facets of Muslims, their views of jihad, the Caliphate and Islamic states in general requires total disassociation of western perspective. But then, all 911 has done is foster a group of self-proclaimed Islamic infidel experts – most who think themselves on the level of clerics – who constantly lecture us on a religion and perspective they are adept at misportraying.

    The variety of Muslims and beliefs, however, are no more a one size fits all that the various demonimations of Christianity. Plus the modern world, advancements and even capitalism has modified their views. For example, the Muslim world did celebrate post 911 at the “gotcha” moment by a new jihad leader. But that same tactic and drive for a strict fundamentalist Caliphate proved their undoing when they became the largest murderer of their own kind, as exampled in Iraq. Muslim opinions of jihad freedom fighters started turning. Most modern Muslims do have a respect and desire for some things western… the opportunities, the individual freedoms, etc. Once the jihadists gained momentum, they literally started destroying their own myth. The Caliphate, as envisioned by them, is not the Caliphate envisioned by modern Muslims.

    It was almost three years to the day that I wrote of Zawahiri’s interview earlier that year, as translated by Laura Mansfield. Ms. Mansfield has since published a book of those two interviews/translations, and no longer provides thems for no charge. Too bad… I still possess Pt I of that in a PDF form… all 46 pages… and it’s quite the read.

    Returning to Egypt – as well with other current events – Zawahiri’s history with EIJ is well known. As I said, OBL is the new, young guy on the block with the Caliphate and jihad in general. But he had money, charisma, and with a high profile under his belt that attracted the interest of the US and western world. Thus he grabbed the spotlight. But not with a newly defined quest or goal. No problem for the older leaders. Their goal always supercedes and individual’s fame in jihad. In Islam, there are the fighters, and there are the clerics. To be adept at one, does not make you accepted as a high cleric without their seminary instruction. Sadr had that problem with legitimacy in Iraq with his leadership.. which is why he bolted Iraq to return to studies in Iran.

    Zawahiri and OBL’s merge in the mid 90s is also well known, as well as their goals. That became obvious with the World Islamic Front statement, declaring war on the US and the west in 1998. Even Saddam’s relationship with Zawahiri from 1993 (prior to his official merger with AQ) is well known. thanks to the Harmony/ISG documents we found post the fall of Saddam in 2003. The threads of these influential leaders, both current and past generations, is thick.

    The French journalists that were captured in Iraq late 2004 were also privvy to the caliphate plans, and even shown a “wish list” map. They passed that on to the world via the media then.

    The world didn’t care. The media, clues to jihad history and threads, didn’t find it of interest. To them it was just some madmen and a scribbled map. Still, it was no surprise to global intelligence organizations who know their desires well.

    It is within this frame work that these uprisings, and most especially Libya, bother me tremendously. The media, and tonight our POTUS, is quick to label these rebels as pro democracy forces. Any suggestion that “al Qaeda” (there’s that narrow definition again) is involved in Libya is quickly dismissed. Yet Libya held the record for the nation that sent the most fighters to Iraq.

    Too bad they weren’t wearing their “I’m a bud of OBL” tees so we could see the obvious, yes?

    Yet the resigned former Justice Minister and head of the rebel forces says “there are no al Qaeda in Libya”. Technically, using that name and not the ideology, that could be true But it is far from true when you consider there are no jihad elements that align with AQ’s philosphy in Libya.

    Yet we are there, considering arming the enemy of the US.. the global Islamic jihad movement.

    Where has our sanity gone?

  3. 28

    Gregory_Dittman

    Zac, the Bible mentions God commanded the Jews to commit genocide when Moses was founding Israel. God also made many exceptions to “thou shall not kill.” The various Christian churchs expanded the exceptions (Among them was Pope Innocent III’s order of “fire and sword” to kill the heretics in Europe which led to 100,000 deaths). The Christian went around the world installing their beliefs using swords and guns for centuries. The Spanish Inquisition promoted rape and torture and the Catholic church allowed pedophilia to flurish among its ranks.

    The phrase “Kill’em all and let God sort them out” sounds like an American military call to genocide to me.

    As far as death counts go, the Marlboro man is more dangerous than the Muslim man. Four million people die each year in the world, with 600,000 of them being from second hand smoke. The Jihad movement wishes it could produce that many deaths. Their number of expansionist kills is about 10,000 a year. The vast majority of violence by Muslims is against other Muslims because their ties to their tribes are stronger than their ties to religion.

  4. 29

    Ariel

    from: Zawahiri… in his own words
    Visions for the Middle Eat

    http://sea2sea.blogspot.com/2008/04/zawahiri-in-his-own-words.html

    1) The clash with the corrupt regimes must occur sooner or later if we want to set up the Muslim state and liberate the lands of Islam.

    2) The overall position is open to adjustment from one territory to another. So for
    example, in Algeria the brothers pair targeting of Jewish and Western interests with waging a guerilla war against the hireling government, because their circumstances make it possible for them to do that.

    3) Severing the heads isn’t the objective: rather, the objective is to remove the corrupt, apostate regime and set up the Islamic government. And the means of change differ from one territory to another.

    I repeat… “the objective is to remove the corrupt, apostate regime and set up the Islamic government.” So in the first stated goal above, it was to see receding influence of Jews and Crusaders. But there is a second stated goal. Once the jihad movement can bring American resolve to her knees, their next target are the Arab governments themselves – those who do not implement and rule by Islamic law.

    These governments are also marked for demise by mere cooperation with the west on intelligence.Even perhaps, by trade. And it is this phrasing that makes me believe the “move towards Jerusalem” is actually the quest to surround Israel with the Islamic Caliphate.

    Greetings MataHari,

    I see you have been well ahead of the curve on this. The Zawahiri interview is quite revealing, as it gives us a glimpse into Al’ Qaeda’s overall objectives and how they intend to achieve those objectives. And with the replacement of the Bush regime with the Obama regime, Al’ Qaeda now has a free hand, (and quite possibly military help from the US and Europe) in accomplishing their goal in removing the regimes which are obstacles to the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate covering all territories once held under Muslim control.

    In order to achieve their objective, all the despotic regimes in the Middle East would have to be deposed in order to be replaced by governments sympathetic to the creation of a Caliphate. That would necessitate a popular uprising, even a “democratic” uprising which would camouflage the real objectives of the revolt. And now we see exactly such uprisings springing up simultaneously throughout the region, with extremist Islamic elements at the forefront.. whether they be Al Qaeda or others. Your point is quite well taken that the Islamacist movement is far greater than the individual groups that comprise it, but they all seem to be working toward the same goal.

    It is within this frame work that these uprisings, and most especially Libya, bother me tremendously. The media, and tonight our POTUS, is quick to label these rebels as pro democracy forces. Any suggestion that “al Qaeda” (there’s that narrow definition again) is involved in Libya is quickly dismissed. Yet Libya held the record for the nation that sent the most fighters to Iraq.

    Indeed they did, and now many of those same fighters, the ones still able to do so, are fighting to overthrow the Khaddafi regime. With the ascendancy of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (and the attendant Egyptian Islamic Jihad) immediately to the East of Libya, and the rise of Islam in the Magreb in Algeria immediately to the west, the entirety of North Africa may be poised to be subsumed within a single Caliphate. Though the individual nations may continue to use their names and sport their national identities, like the states within the US, the overarching governmental structure and religious ethos will be Islamic and will most likely incorporate Sharia law throughout as the glue that binds them together.

    Yet the resigned former Justice Minister and head of the rebel forces says “there are no al Qaeda in Libya”. Technically, using that name and not the ideology, that could be true But it is far from true when you consider there are no jihad elements that align with AQ’s philosphy in Libya.

    Yet we are there, considering arming the enemy of the US.. the global Islamic jihad movement.

    Where has our sanity gone?

    They may proclaim that there is “no Al’ Qaeda” in Libya until the cows come home, but that does not negate their involvement there, especially considering that less than one year ago Khaddafi released hundreds of Al’ Qaeda members from prison. (see: Libya Released Hundreds of Al-Qaeda Terrorists http://amerpundit.com/2010/04/06/libya-released-hundreds-of-al-qaeda-terrorists/

    Check out:

    Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8407047/Libyan-rebel-commander-admits-his-fighters-have-al-Qaeda-links.html

    also:

    U.S. supports Al Qaeda ‘freedom fighters’ against Gaddafi in Libyan civil war

    http://www.examiner.com/geopolitics-in-national/u-s-supports-al-qaeda-freedom-fighters-against-gaddafi-libyan-civil-war

    and again:

    ‘Al-Qaeda snatched missiles’ in Libya

    http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/al-qaeda-snatched-missiles-in-libya/story-e6frfku0-1226028543204

    And we are helping to level the playing field for the insurgents, many of whom fought against us in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Hence, I echo your concern.

    Where has our sanity gone?

  5. 30

    batman

    I was wondering if the bible scholar in #28 can please enlighten us on all of the contradictions in that (pffft!) bible regarding the 6th commandment. I guess I missed all of those parts. Yeah, that nasty old bible is nothing like the Quran, which is completely contradiction-free! And, that nasty terrible, Spanish Inquisition. Murdered millions on that Iberian peninsula. Those peace-loving moors were just there, visiting, minding their own business; And, Wham. Up come these nasty Christums. Those bad-old Christums need to be more like those peace-loving muslims: Those who would never think of stoning to death the victims of rape for violating the 7th commandment, or anything, right?

    And, every U.S. service man and womans knows American military’s call to genocide: “Kill’em all and let God sort them out.” Yessireee. Yep..

    And, that nasty Marlboro man, with his 2nd hand smoke: Has killed, oh, so many more people than that religion of peace: Islam. Oh Yeah! OK.. Thanks!

  6. 31

    Hankster

    Well, the way I see it, the Christians of 800 to 1000 years ago were a bit crude, and hard core to say the least. Now, for someone, to equate the less than Civilized world of 1000, to 1200 ad.. to TODAY…. and use THAT as an “excuse” for people 1000 years ADVANCED, to act like the SAVAGE RABBLE that people were then.. is beyond belief, and the intellect of modern man! The SAVAGE acts that go on, in MODERN Middle east Countries… is also beyond belief!! In many respects, a lot of these folks, STOPPED EVOLVING 1000 years ago… and act like it. Put it this way, is someone thawed out a “suspended” T-Rex”… and turned him loose in your town, would you try to TAME him?? Or Blow him away??
    Unfortunately, for some over there, the choices we face, are no different! Golda Meir once said… “We will have peace, when the Arabs love their Children MORE than they HATE us”! Over 35 years later.. the Arabs STILL don’t place their kids and families futures above hate! Why?? Allah! The end.

  7. 33

    ilovebeeswarzone

    Hassanulbana Mackno, hi,
    there will be peace in this world if ISLAM STAY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
    AND FIGHT THEIR ENEMY WHO ARE WITHIN THE MUSLIM POPULATION,
    INSTEAD OF FORCING THE FREE WORLD TO FIGHT THEM,
    remember who attacked the free WORLD
    remember who attack ISRAEL, remember who use their son to be suicide bomber, you must fight you’re ennemies so we can live in peace and bring back our sons and daughters to their beloved AMERICA SAFE AND WELL,
    YOU MUST LIVE IN PEACE WITH OTHER RELIGIONS IF YOU IMMIGRATE IN AMERICA, YOU CANNOT LET YOUR RELIGION LEAD AND CONQUER THE CHRISTIANS WHICH ARE THE ROOTS OF AMERICA,
    YOU MUST BE AMERICAN TOTALY FIRST AND LOVE NOT HATE THE OTHER RELIGION ,
    AND EXPOSE THOSE OF YOU WHICH ARE SEEKING TO TERRORISE THIS NATION, WHICH DON’T WANT TO BE IN YOUR RELIGION, AND WILL NEVER BECOME ISLAMIC,
    THEN THERE WILL BE PEACE ALL OVER THE WORLD IF THE WOMANS ARE FREE, IF THE ATTACK CEASE TO BE, IF THE MUSLIMS KEEP THEIR RELIGION IN THEIR OWN SELF, NOT TRYING TO SELL IT TO OUR YOUNG IN CAMPUS AND SCHOOLS.
    THE MUSLIMS ARE NOT A DOMINANT PEOPLE HERE THEY WILL NEVER BE,
    LET THEM BE HUMBLE AND REALISE THIS FACT, AND STOP WISHING TO DOMINATE THIS BEAUTIFUL AMERICA, WHERE THE ROOTS ARE STRONG AND WHERE THE BRAVEST HAVE SPEND THEIR BLOOD TO KEEP AMERICA A FREE WORLD, SINCE THE BEGINNING.

  8. 34

    Ariel

    @Hassanulbana Mackno:

    Greetings Hassanulbana Mackno,

    At this time I will have to decline your generous offer of universal Islam, because it goes against my Christian as well as my American sensibilities. Since Islam rejects my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I have no alternative but to reject Islam. Since Islam requires a totalitarian theocracy to enforce its moral laws, it overturns the US Constitution, which I honor and have sworn to uphold. Hence I cannot now, nor ever support or endorse Islam in any way, shape or form.

    As for your fervent desire for peace. We all wish for peace. Perhaps if members of your religion would stop slaughtering innocent men, women and children in the name of Allah, there would be a great deal more peace.

    Lead by example, not by smooth sounding words. We already get enough of that with Obama!

    In Christ,

    Ariel

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