Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor of The Australian, recently wrote that "Barack Obama's anti-Israel jihad is one of the most irresponsible policy lurches by any modern American president." This is true not solely because
"Jihad is becoming as American as apple pie and as British as afternoon tea" – so said the American-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi recently. Al-Awlaqi, who was in contact with Nidal Hasan, the jihadist who murdered thirteen Americans at Fort Hood in November 2009, and with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the jihadist who tried to bring down an airplane as it landed in Detroit on Christmas day, had plenty of reason to claim that "jihad is becoming as American as apple pie": evidence of U.S. Muslims engaging in terrorism grows every day.
Last week a Chicago-based Muslim, David Headley, a.k.a. Daood Gilani, pled guilty to going on a reconnaissance mission to find targets for the devastating 2008 jihad attacks in Mumbai, in which over 150 people were murdered. Gilani also participated in a plot to bomb a newspaper in
The week before that, two American Muslim women, both of whom are converts to Islam, were arrested for their involvement in a plot to murder the Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks for his cartoon of the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a dog. One has since been released, although her mother and stepfather have voiced concerns about how she is teaching her six-year-old son to hate Christians and believe that Muslims must wage war against them.
And last month, a Muslim from
Meanwhile, the Pakistani government has charged five Muslims from
An undetermined number of Somali Muslims have gone from their new homes in
And in August 2009, Daniel "Seifullah" Boyd, yet another convert to Islam, and six other Muslims in
What is Barack Obama doing about all this? Not much besides pressure
Does he think that bullying
Or does he just not care?
Robert Spencer is a scholar of Islamic history, theology, and law and the director of Jihad Watch.
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