From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: WHO PAID THE SNIPPERS FOR THEIR KILLING SPREE ????
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Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 23:06:04 -0500
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 23:10:14 EST
Organization: Bell Sympatico
DIDN'T THEY GET PAID BY A THIRD DISCRET PARTY TO DO THE SNIPPING JOB =
AS A MEAN TO TERRORIZE THE CIVILIANS IN THE AREA ?
THIS ANOTHER QUESTION TO PONDER AT !
Mart=ED siempre condeno la tiran=EDa: "
=BFDel tirano? Del tirano/ di todo, =A1di mas! y clava/ con furia de =
mano esclava/ sobre su oprobio al tirano.!
The Snipers: Crazy or Jihadis?
by Daniel Pipes
New York Post
October 29, 2002
'Why now? Why? Why? Why? Why? That's the question I think everyone is =
asking." So agonized the half-brother of Lee Malvo, the alleged =
17-year-old sniper, baffled by the causes behind the Washington, =
D.C.-area shooting spree that left 10 people dead.
One answer came from a friend who quoted John Muhammad, the senior =
alleged sniper, saying that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks "should have =
happened a long time ago."
This implies that Muhammad might have seen himself as a foot soldier in =
the jihad (holy war) against the United States, and that he took up arms =
to terrorize Americans.
Media across the country as one, however, shut their eyes to this =
explanation. A Los Angeles Times article proffered six motives for =
Muhammad (his "stormy relationship" with his family, his "stark =
realization" of loss and regret, his perceived sense of abuse as an =
American Muslim post-9/11, his desire to "exert control" over others, =
his relationship with Malvo, and his trying to make a quick buck) but =
did not mention jihad.
Likewise, a Boston Globe article found "there must have been something =
in his social interaction - in his marriage or his military career - =
that pulled the trigger."
Unwilling to specify the possibility of jihad as even part of his =
motive, media analyses dismissed it by implication. The Atlanta =
Journal-Constitution merely reported that local Muslims rue the snipers =
having "once again tarred the image of a peaceful religion." All those =
interviewed by the Commercial Appeal in Memphis "agreed that it did not =
matter that one of the suspected snipers had converted to Islam."
By adopting this see-nothing approach, journalists effectively accept =
the strictures of American-based militant Islamic groups. The alleged =
snipers "weren't motivated by any religious or political agenda" but =
appeared to be "deranged individuals" who acted for reasons of their =
own, says Ibrahim Hooper, the Council on American-Islamic Relations =
Hooper's colleague, Nihad Awad, dismissed the alleged snipers as =
"troubled and deranged individuals."
By emphasizing Muhammad's "deranged" condition, the gentlemen from CAIR =
conveniently pre-empt a discussion of the jihad element.=20
But it cannot be so readily dismissed. That Islam is engaged in a =
titanic battle with the United States, the outcome of which will =
determine the world's future, is a central idea among Islamists. =
Significantly, this idea has no parallel among Christians, Jews, Hindus, =
Buddhists or adherents of any other religion; its closest parallel would =
be the views of fascists and communists in decades past.
The expectation of a cosmic Islamic-American confrontation is a leading =
theme of all the strains of militant Islam, including bin Ladenism, =
Wahhabism and Khomeinism. It is present no less in America than in the =
wilds of Afghanistan or the shopping malls of Saudi Arabia, as three =
recent arrests of American Muslims suggest:
* Seattle, Wash.: The indictment of James Ujaama accuses him of setting =
up a training camp for al Qaeda.
* Portland, Ore.: According to Attorney General John Ashcroft, one of =
the six Muslims arrested joined the U.S. Army Reserves with the =
intention of gaining skills later to use fighting Americans.
* Lackawanna, N.Y.: A U.S. government affidavit revealed that two of the =
six Muslims arrested possessed audiotapes calling for jihad and =
martyrdom, one of which appealed for "fighting the West and invading =
Europe and America with Islam."
American Muslims also find themselves repeatedly encouraged from abroad =
to resort to violence. These enemies of the United States anticipate =
. An Iranian government-sponsored radio station gleefully predicts that =
its brand of militant Islam within the United States will "provoke a =
dangerous and crucial confrontation" with the American authorities.
. Islamists in Pakistan, reports Arnaud de Borchgrave, expect that "in =
the next 10 years, Americans will wake up to the existence of an Islamic =
army in their midst - an army of jihadis who will force America to =
abandon imperialism and listen to the voice of Allah."
None of this is to say that American Muslims cannot be patriotic =
citizens, and plenty of them are. It is to say that when Muslims engage =
in terrorism against Americans, the guiding presumption must be that =
they see themselves as warriors in a jihad against the "Great Satan."
Not to see this real and present danger renders the United States =
vulnerable to more violence by the forces of militant Islam.
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