As Osama Bin Laden this week calls for a jihad against Israel, Seismic Shock has examined comments from a prominent evangelical regarding Bin Laden and Al Qaida.
Meet Dr Anthony McRoy, lecturer at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology. Seismic Shock has already criticised McRoy for his praise of Hezbollah, and now examines his apparent admiration for Al Qaida, and terrorist leaders Osama Bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
McRoy on sympathy for Al Qaida:
“Two years ago, at a Ramadan event in the Houses of Parliament, one young Muslim man approached me. He said he had wanted to meet me for some time, since he liked my articles. Then he made a telling observation: “We wouldn’t dare say the things you say about Al-Qaida!” I understood what he meant. As a Born-again Christian, nobody could suspect me of sympathy for Al-Qaida’s methods (which contradict every aspect of New Testament ethics) or its ultimate aim of the united Islamic caliphate. Obviously, as an academic, I can write articles giving a scholarly analysis of Al-Qaida from a detached perspective – recognising where their methods were clever and effective, even if from my moral perspective, based on the ethics of Jesus, these tactics were malign. If a Muslim attempted this, as the young man implied, he might be accused of sympathy for Al-Qaida. Hardly surprising that Muslims are wary of attempting this (and in the light of the Forest Gate raid, such fears are well-grounded – even a long beard is sufficient ground for suspicion these days).”
McRoy on Osama Bin Laden:
“”Effectively, US Government foot-dragging on the Odeh case sends a message to bin Laden; if he is searching for a new safe haven, he need only convert to Judaism and migrate to Kiryat Arba, where the Zionist regime will shield him and any other Jewish terrorist killing American citizens, and the US Government will quietly forget his case.”
McRoy on Al Qaida terrorism:
“Inevitably, such terrorist acts will provoke more backlashes from the wider community, and the cycle of abuse will intensify. This in itself is the condemnation of Blair’s support for the Israeli action; the government has made us an even bigger target for Al-Qaida. Blair might pride himself on evacuating Britons from Lebanon, but how will he evacuate London (or Glasgow? Or Belfast? Or Cardiff? Or Birmingham? Or Leeds? Or Bristol?) in the face of the danger from Al-Qaida?
This is another condemnation of Bush’s support for the Israeli actions. The US and UK governments have handed Bin Laden the high moral ground (in popular Muslim/Arab estimation) for the next 9/11 and 7/7.”
McRoy on the “legacy” of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (Jordanian leader of Al Qaida and once the world’s most dangerous terrorist):
“”As with Al-Qaida, Zarqawi employed ‘shock and awe’ tactics to demoralise the foe. This involved dressing hostages in orange suits like the Guantanamo captives, filming them begging for mercy, which pulled the heart-strings of loved ones, and then – perhaps Zarqawi’s most terrifying innovation – beheading them on video. Moreover, his timing was brilliant: the first decapitation occurred immediately after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke. Again, this showed that his ruthlessness could surpass that of the Occupiers. It also taunted the Occupiers by demonstrating their impotence – to use an ironic analogy, the words of Ayatollah Khomeini after the Iranian Revolution – ‘America can’t do a d*** thing!’ After all, one US justification for invading Iraq was that it would make Americans and Westerners safer; Zarqawi’s tactics proved that the opposite was true.”
“The next time ‘martyrs’ attack London, or even New York, the people to blame will not only be the mujahideen themselves, nor even just Al-Qaida, but the Neo-Cons and their British lackeys whose deceit and aggression in Iraq allowed Al-Qaida to regroup, win new members and supporters, and gain immediate experience of fighting US security forces in order to both recruit and train the next wave of would-be martyrs to penetrate America and carry-out the next 9/11 or 7/7. Indeed, 10/11 and 8/7 when they happen may well be the greatest legacy of Zarqawi.”