Joel Mowbray

  Al-Massari, though, has every incentive to hype the success of ?Dirty Kuffar,? as he is the man responsible for initially making it available to the world, courtesy of the web site of his misleadingly-named Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights.  Although the British-based CDLR is labeled a Saudi dissident organization, its dissent is premised on its belief that the Saudi regime isn?t supportive enough of fundamentalist Islamic rule.

  CDLR?s radical bona fides can be confirmed by a quick scan of their web site.  In addition to hosting the ?Dirty Kuffar? video, the site boasts a message board (where members post articles and have running dialogues) containing discussions such as how ?Jihad? is actually a ?defensive war? and how the Holocaust is the ?biggest lie of the 20th century.?

  The Saudi ?dissident? group has for years been suspected of ties to al Qaeda, and according to the Investigative Project?s Steven Emerson, CDLR purchased a satellite phone for Osama bin Laden in 1998.

  In The Observer, al-Massari is quoted as saying, ?'I believe the lyrics are only metaphorical. It is not like this is a fatwa.?

  But as metaphors go, ?Dirty Kuffar? seems to be awfully direct.  Among the text messages that flash across the screen during the video are ?Be prepared for battle with the infidels? and ?Jihad Against the Crusaders.?

  The closing lyrics leave little doubt the sympathies of the Soul Salah Crew: ?Peace to Hamas and the Hizbollah / OBL (Osama bin Laden) crew be like a shining star / Like the way we destroyed the two towers.?

  If you do view the video (online at, be prepared for the video?s end: footage of the twin towers collapsing to the sound of laughter.

Joel Mowbray

Joel Mowbray, who got his start with, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.

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