by Jack Kinsella

Osama’s number two man, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in cooperation with al-Jazeera, joined in the commemoration ceremonies of the September 11 attacks on New York, Washington, and the destruction of Flight 93 over Pennsylvania by reminding anybody who hasn’t forgotten the horror of that day of who and what we are at war against.

We are at war against an enemy that lives around the corner, down the street or up the block. That enemy could be our neighbor, a friend, or even a relative. Lest one accuse me of fear-mongering or the inevitable and meaningless charge of ‘anti-Islamism’, ‘Azzam the American’ is a native-born Californian named Adam Pearleman.

He was born and raised in America, is of Jewish extraction and presumably WAS once somebody’s friend, certainly was once somebody’s neighbor, and continues to be somebody’s relative. Now he is the sworn enemy of every American and all that Americans hold dear.

What turned a Jewish-American kid from rural California into a crazed traitor to his country, his people and even to his heritage? In case you’ve forgotten, it was Islam.

And it wasn’t a specialized al-Qaeda type of a ‘perverted’ form of the ‘true Islam styled by world leaders – including George W Bush — as ‘religion of peace and love’ — but the good old American kind of Islam, taught him in Orange County, California, by American Muslims.

‘Azzam the American’ learned Islam at an Islamic mosque that presumably taught Islam the same way that churches teach Christianity – from its foundational texts. Churches, good churches, anyway, teach Christianity from the Bible.

The Bible is the source from which Christians learn about Jesus Christ, about His Great Commission to His followers, it teaches how Christians are supposed to live, outlines what Jesus Christ taught were eternal values, and what being ‘a good Christian’ means.

Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” Keeping His commandments is therefore an exemplar of what it means to be a ‘good Christian’. The closer one gets to emulating Jesus Christ, the better a Christian one becomes. Jesus Christ lived a life without sin.

While humans are predisposed to sin – sin is what we do – through the teachings of the Scriptures and reliance on the leading of the Holy Spirit, Christians are able to overcome sin. Not all sin. Logic and experience clearly establish that even saved Christians still sometimes sin.

But overcoming even one temptation to sin is a victory in Christ.

‘Azzam the American’ learned about Islam in the same fashion. From the ‘revealed’ text of the Koran, allegedly dictated to Mohammed through an angel and then recorded for posterity after his death. The Koran is the source and inspiration for Islam, just as the Bible is the source and inspiration for Christianity.

The Bible turns observant Christians into choirboys. The Koran turns observant Muslims into depraved murderers. “But,” you protest, “Not all Muslims are depraved murderers.”

True enough. And not all observant Christians are choirboys, either. That isn’t the issue at hand. What IS the issue at hand is that choirboys are as much a product of Bible teaching as Azzam the American is a product of Koranic teaching.

There are Christian churches that teach things that the Bible does not. There are Christians who are barely saved. There are those who affiliate themselves with Christianity but aren’t saved at all. Going to church doesn’t make one a Christian any more than going to a garage makes one a car.

There is a name for churches that deny the central truths of the Bible. That word is ‘apostate’. It means one who has departed from the revealed truth.

But when the same principle is applied to Islam – that is, one who departs from the central teachings of Islam, the world embraces such a one as a ‘moderate’.

What kind of sense does this make? How can an apostate Muslim be a ‘moderate’? And, unless we turn logic upside down, how can one assume that the MAJORITY of Islamists are apostate and, therefore, harmless?


In case anyone has forgotten, Zawahiri reminded us on this fifth anniversary of the day nineteen guys with box knives murdered three thousand American civilians, By threatening to murder more of them. His ever-expanding circle of hate has widened to include his natural allies at the UN.

In his latest verbal attack, he lashed out at the UN over Resolution 1701 that ordered a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah. What is so terrible about Resolution 1701? Zawahiri is only too happy to explain;

“What is so terrible in this resolution … is that it approves the existence of the Jewish state…” He also urged Muslims to intensify their resistance against the United States and warned in general terms of new terror strikes.

“You gave us every legitimacy and every opportunity to continue fighting you,” said al-Zawahri, addressing the United States. “You should worry about your presence in the (Persian) Gulf, and the second place you should worry about is Israel.”

Zawahiri also included threats to Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Zawahiri’s message was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the 9/11 murders, and his message was intended to rub salt in America’s wounds.

But in his message, he inadvertently included an unintended bit of truth. He said, “Your leaders are hiding from you the true extent of the disaster,” He is correct. Our leaders continue to tell us that Islam is a religion of peace and love that has been hijacked by a few evil men.

The war isn’t al-Qaeda against the West. Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia aren’t ‘the West’. Saudi Arabia is the heart of the Islamic world and the birthplace of Zawahiri’s Wahhabist Islam.

As a result, Zawahiri’s next sentence confirms Islam’s true nature and goal. “And the days are pregnant and giving birth to new events, with Allah’s permission and guidance.”

The ‘new events’ are new attacks, promises of new destruction. And Zawahiri confirms that they come with “Allah’s permission and guidance.”

I believe him on all counts. Especially that part that says ‘Allah’ has granted permission.

All one needs to do is read the source book for the ‘religion of peace and love’.

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