Monday, February 11, 2008

Rumors of a Terrorist's Death

Rumors abound that the American terrorist Adam Gadahn, who has made several propaganda videotapes for al Qaeda, was killed recently in an airstrike in Pakistan that also took the life of senior al Qaeda leader Abu Laith al Libi. Gadahn's death has not been confirmed and the military claims no knowledge of it, but he was believed to have been in the area that was attacked and has been missing since the strike.

There's much more on Gadahn, his role in al Qaeda, and the reasons for thinking he may have been killed here. It's sad that of all the Americans who have been killed in this terrible conflict the Islamists have declared against us, perhaps the only one whose death would not be mourned by his countrymen is Gadahn's.


Declaration Against Genocide

The folks at the David Horowitz Freedom Center have crafted a Declaration Against Genocide that will serve as an invitation to campus groups around the country to stand against those who practice and threaten genocide everywhere it is found around the globe:

In describing the objectives of the Declaration, David Horowitz, President of the Freedom Center, says: "We are asking all campus groups to repudiate the genocidal passage in the Islamic Hadith which reads: 'The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: "The time [of judgment] will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews and kill them; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!"'"

Horowitz continues: "We are also asking all campus groups, including the Muslim Students Association, to condemn the Hamas Charter which says: 'Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.' Signers of the Declaration will also be asked to repudiate the Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has said 'The accomplishment of a world without America and Israel is both possible and feasible,' and Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah, who called the Jews 'a cancer which is liable to spread again at any moment,' and has said, 'If the Jews 'all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.' These are hateful doctrines that threaten the lives not only of Jews, but of all Americans."

In addition to condemning the genocidal agenda of these leaders and organizations, the Declaration calls on campus groups to affirm "the freedom of the individual conscience and the right to change religions or have no religion at all; the equal dignity of men and women; and the right of all people to live free from violence, intimidation and coercion."

One might think that politically active students would jump at the opportunity to endorse such a document, but Horowitz is not optimistic:

"Although a Declaration Against Genocide should be seen as a document with universal appeal," Horowitz notes, "a coalition of groups with ties to the Islamo-fascist jihad are bound to protest this effort. Our goal is to test universities' claims that they support religious and ethnic tolerance, and to challenge the campus left, which consistently overlooks statements by Islamic radicals which are nothing less than an invitation to mass murder."

This is [also] a golden opportunity for Muslim groups who profess moderation to demonstrate their sincerity and willingness to confront the jihadists, and for non-Muslim groups to stand with them against the depredations of genocidal Islamic terror. It will also be interesting - and highly illuminating - to see which groups refuse to endorse the Declaration.

The secular left's opposition to genocide is most incandescent when mass murder is inflicted by white capitalists (which is historically rare)on third world poor. It cools when the murderous threats, and genocide itself, are perpetrated by anyone else, especially if they are perpetrated by Arabs against Jews. Indeed, threats against Israel by Muslim nations have heretofore elicited little more than yawns from many of those on our campuses who claim to be champions of human rights.

But maybe I'm reading this all wrong. Maybe thousands of leftist students in universities across the land will enthusiastically affix their signatures to this document and condemn those writings and voices which encourage and condone mass murder against Jews. We'll see, but I'm not going to bet dinner on it.


Mortal Peril

Rachel Neuwirth at the American Thinker writes a somewhat lengthy but critically important warning to Jews everywhere. They are, she argues, in mortal danger and need to wake up before it's too late.

Read Neuwirth's piece to find out why.