Monday, July 12, 2010

Awlaki Announces Fatwa Against Cartoonist

Anwar al-Awlaki is in the news once again. The radical Islamist who has been linked with the Fort Hood massacre, the failed Times Square bombing, and the underwear bomber, has announced a fatwa against a cartoonist who wanted to test the limits of free speech in the United States.
Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki - the radical who has also been cited as inspiring the Fort Hood, Tex., massacre and the plot by two New Jersey men to kill U.S. soldiers - singled out artist Molly Norris as a "prime target," saying her "proper abode is hellfire."

FBI officials have notified Norris and warned her they consider it a "very serious threat."

In an English-language Al Qaeda magazine that calls itself "Inspire," Awlaki damns Norris and eight others for "blasphemous caricatures" of the Prophet Muhammed. The other cartoonists, authors and journalists in Awlaki's cross hairs are Swedish, Dutch and British citizens.

The 67-page terror rag is seen by terrorism experts as a bald new attempt to reach and recruit Muslim youth in the West.

"The medicine prescribed by the Messenger of Allah is the execution of those involved," writes Awlaki, 39, a Las Cruces, N.M.-born American citizen.

"A soul that is so debased, as to enjoy the ridicule of the Messenger of Allah, the mercy to mankind; a soul that is so ungrateful towards its lord that it defames the Prophet of the religion Allah has chosen for his creation does not deserve life, does not deserve to breathe the air."

Awlaki's rant first appeared late last month in "Inspire," which was posted to the Internet by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a Yemeni branch linked to a Christmas Day bombing attempt on a U.S.-bound jet.
The Seattle-based American Molly Norris was among nine people singled out by Awlaki, including Swedes, Dutch, and British authors and artists.

Awlaki continues to run free in Yemen despite efforts to track him down. He is a major player in recruiting to jihad and his online rantings are both used for indoctrination and for spreading the message of hate and violence against those who do not subscribe to his vision of Islam.

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