A highly influential imam, after lots of time for quiet reflection and intropspection in an Egyptian prison, has come to the conclusion the the 9/11 attacks, along withÂ the 3/11 attack (Spain) and 7/7 attack (London) not to mention the dozens of thwarted jihadiÂ operations that have been planned over the last 6 yearsâ€”were all a big mistake.
As the New York Sun reports:
One of Al Qaeda‘s senior theologians is calling on his followers to end their military jihad and saying the attacks of September 11, 2001, were a “catastrophe for all Muslims.”
In a serialized manifesto written from prison in Egypt, Sayyed Imam al-Sharif is blasting Osama bin Ladenfor deceiving the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, and for insulting the Prophet Muhammad by comparing the September 11 attacks to the early raids of the Ansar warriors. The lapsed jihadist even calls for the formation of a special Islamic court to try Osama bin Laden and his old comrade Ayman al-Zawahri.
Â AÂ couple of thoughts and questions. . .
First, I wonder what goes on beneath the fevered brows of all the tinfoil hat-wearing “9/11 was an inside job” bumper sticker-displaying hordes when they read something like that? Does it at least cause those in closest proximity to a grip on realityÂ to question their world views?
One would hope so but it is more likely that they view the article to beÂ part of a a clever disinformation campaign byÂ Israel, er, I meanÂ “the illegal Zionist entity.”Â When anti-semitismÂ mixes with Bush Derangement Syndrome in the human mind, it producesÂ a staggering resistance to facts, history and logic.
I suspect there is another reason some in Al Qaeda are having second thoughts about jihad. If they’re smart, they are realizing that not only is it counter-productive, it’s wholly unnecessary. All Muslims seeking dominance of the West need to do is wait 15-25 years and let the demographic and cultural trends well underway in Europe and Canada go ahead and do the job for them.
Several imams haveÂ recently predictedÂ victory in Europe within the next 12 years.
Finally, if you haven’t followed the story of conservative Canadian author Mark Steyn being dragged before two “Human Rights Commission” courts by Muslim organizations in Canada, you should do so to get a glimpse of where we’re headed if the America people continue to give political power to people like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.
But be warned, learning what Mark Steyn is facing just North of our border may cause your irony sensors to explode. (Canadian Muslim groupsÂ are insulted and want him punished for writing a book that that warns that Muslims will want people punished who insult them.)