Fake jihadi calls for real murder of Swedish artist who drew Mohammed as a dog

posted at 12:17 pm on September 15, 2007 by Allahpundit

It’s “Omar al-Baghdadi,” ostensible leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, whom we learned two months ago is a figment of Al Qaeda in Iraq’s imagination. They’re keeping up the pretense that ISI is a homegrown, Iraqi-run organization of united Sunni jihadists but read the fine print of SITE’s analysis of the audio. For a nationalist group, they sure are fighting a lot of Iraqi nationalists:

Baghdadi speaks to Muslims, both with words of comfort and incitement, instructing that the “door of repentance” is open during Ramadan for those Muslims who have aligned with the enemy, while at the same time, urging reprisals against Sweden for the most recent insult to the Prophet Muhammad. Here he offers cash rewards for the murder of Lars Vilks, the artist of the caricature, and the editor of the paper, Nerikes Allehanda. He adds, speaking of Swedish corporations: “We retain the right to punish those who committed this crime. And we know how we can force you to retreat and apologize. If you don’t, just wait for hits on your economy, such as your huge companies as “Ericsson, Scania, Volvo, Ikea, and Electrolux”, and this is a warning and threat.”…

Baghdadi indicates that the Islamic State is now at war with other insurgent groups, namely Hamas of Iraq, JAMI, and the Twentieth Revolution Brigades, and tribal militias as the Anbar Salvation Council. Through this he stakes the position of the Islamic State as the only true Islamic group in Iraq, and the sole entity which the Sunni people should support against what he calls a “Crusader” and Shi’ite project.

The Swedish corporations are included to make it easier on jihadis around the region who hear the tape and want to “help” but can’t quite get to Stockholm. Why is this even on AQI’s radar screen, you may be wondering. Ah: that’s because the Pakistani and Egyptian governments, among others, issued statements condemning the drawings to placate the cretinous Islamists among their own populations. Now there’s interest in the Middle East and AQI is taking advantage. Kudos to our “allies” for their help.

Vilks is keeping hope alive.


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So now all the Volvo car bombs out there will have to be recalled and retrofitted with a different make. Ditto for the Ericsson cellphone detonators. Oh well, suck it up, mujahideen. No one ever said jihad would be easy.

RedWinged Blackbird on September 15, 2007 at 12:52 PM

“We have a real problem here,” Vilks told The Associated Press by telephone. “We can only hope that Muslims in Europe and in the Western world choose to distance themselves from this and support the idea of freedom of expression.”

Hmmmm … he still doesn’t get it.

darwin on September 15, 2007 at 1:09 PM

For the hipper, more PC version of Islam that the left can relate to, see:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003885487_islamtv15.html

pedestrian on September 15, 2007 at 1:17 PM

So they want to go after Vilks, an anti-American lefty who said,
We can only hope that Muslims in Europe and in the Western world choose to distance themselves from this and support the idea of freedom of expression.”

Tell that to Theo van Gogh. Why is it that these lefty types always portray the west as the the ‘real’ terrorists when the west is where the rights to free speech and such comes from? They then go on to “hope” the Islamic world will support the western idea of their rights that the Islamic world is firmly against! It’s mind boggling to try and comprehend the lefts ideology. Good is bad. Bad is Good. 9/11 was a conspiracy. Liars are called Truthers. Jeez.

Guardian on September 15, 2007 at 1:28 PM

If Vilks is worth $100,000 then I must be worth at least $25? $50 anyone? Going… going …

Thomas the Wraith on September 15, 2007 at 2:09 PM

I think his head should have been drawn on a “CRAPWEASEL” but the dog works.

ajmontana on September 15, 2007 at 3:01 PM

Hamas in Iraq? That’s a new one, ain’t it?

Who’s in charge of that anyway?

Pablo on September 15, 2007 at 10:47 PM

Glad to see Chris Muir step boldly up to the plate with today’s Day by Day cartoon!

Way to go, Chris!

techno_barbarian on September 16, 2007 at 2:38 PM