This article just came to my attention (hat tip: Jim O) and it discusses an Islamic essay that permits the killing of 4 million Americans--men, women, and children:
This essay, "The Truth about the New Crusade: A Ruling on the Killing of Women and Children of the Non-Believers," is written by Ramzi bin al-Shibh, who worked with Khalid Sheikh Muhammad in organizing those attacks. It argues that "the sanctity of women, children, and the elderly is not absolute" and concludes that "in killing Americans who are ordinarily off limits, Muslims should not exceed four million non-combatants, or render more than ten million of them homeless."
This is not the only time that al Qaeda has announced a target of four million. In June 2002, its spokesman, Suleiman Abu Gheith, published an article on the alneda website that claimed: "We have the right to kill four million Americans — 2 million of them children — and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands."
The justification for this argument is that Americans have killed as many Muslims; and because we elect our officials who make our policy, therefore we are all guilty. It calls on all men and women of Islam to kill Americans as their holy duty.
What can be said about such madness? It is a fast-growing, conscious, and psychotic malignancy that threatens the very existence of the world. It is the rantings of an Evil so malevolent, so lethal, that it destroys those who embrace it, as well as those in its path. It is a virulent infection, for which a cure has not been found yet. Surgery is the only option we have--to excise at the source, and then to destroy all nodes of its existence wherever they are found.
This is a war we MUST win. The consequences of indecision; of a failure to act and destroy this Evil are so serious that we cannot be diverted from the task that lies before us. This essay is a grim reminder of what we are up against in this war. Those who wish to pretend that September 11 never happened; who can pretend that this essay was never written and that there aren't people out there who are actively trying to implement it, are living in a fantasy.
Even worse are those who agree with the Evil --that WE are the root cause of all that is bad in the world; that AMERICA is the bane of civilized behavior; that George Bush is the Hitler of our times--they are people living the Big Lie. People whose intellects are too lazy to analyze their own motives and emotions; too frightened to look inward to understand the envy, hatred, and murderous rage that originates from their own souls. They are the true kindred spirits of the Evil, because within them are the real roots of what we are fighting today. They call themselves by many names (see my previous post), but they can count on sympathy from the those in the denial fantasyland, who readily join with them claiming to be for "peace" and "justice".
It is all a delusion. For Peace and Justice to have a chance, these poor, deluded individuals must first cleanse their own souls of the emotions they always loudly accuse others of having.