"I was trying to kill him," she told investigators, because of his vote in favor of the Iraq War. Witnesses said she smiled as she plunged the knife into his stomach. (He survived.)
Inspire was moved. "A woman has shown to the ummah's men the path of jihad! A woman my brothers! Shame on all the men for sitting on their hands while one of our women has taken up the individual jihad! She felt the need to do it simply because our men gave all too many excuses to refrain from it."
Inspire hopes to incite its readers with photos of the Chicago skyline, and of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., with a twinkling Christmas tree in the foreground. Contributors like al-Awlaki and Sheikh Adil al-Abbab stress that in addition to violence, jihad also includes plundering the wealth of infidels through force or fraud. That they need cash is obvious. Al-Awlaki himself suggests as much, saying "jihad around the world is in dire need of financial support."
He soothes those with residual qualms: "Some Muslims today might feel uncomfortable consuming money that was seized by force from the disbelievers and would feel that income they receive as a salary or from business is a better form of income. That is not true. The best and purest form of income is booty." Quite a daily devotional.
Like the communists, who justified any crime in the name of revolution, Islamists justify any outrage if the goal is fulfilling their twisted vision of Allah's will. Aware that they've been thwarted by American military power, al-Qaida now greedily imagines smaller-scale attacks on American civilians. "Pull off Mumbai near Whitehouse (sic) till martyrdom," they plead.
Perhaps, nearly a decade after 9/11 and the murder of Daniel Pearl, we've forgotten just how vicious our enemies are. Perhaps, after all of the sacrifice and expense of the past decade, we're inclined to relax our vigilance.
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