Well, Osama bin Laden (or whoever the Voice of Waziristan has standing in for him these days) has struck again with one of his Top-of-the-Charts jihad audiotapes.
Better minds than mine are looking at this material (Atlas Shrugs, the Belmont Club, and Dr. Sanity, to name three), so go check in with them for an in-depth analysis.
But what stood out for me in the transcribed excerpts from the tape was this:
“Their opposition to the Hamas victory proves that this is a crusade against Islam. This shows what Sheik Ayman al-Zawahiri [bin Laden’s No. 2] warned about before, not to enter into an infidel’s council. The sanctions imposed by the West on the Hamas government prove more that there is a Zionist crusader war on Islam.”
Do you realize what Osama is saying here? Let me translate it from Jihad-Speak:
Anyone who won’t send payments to Hamas is in a state of war with Islam!
How’s that for chutzpah?
Or can an Arab exhibit chutzpah? Maybe there’s an Arabic word it…
It reminds me of people who say this:
The federal government won’t subsidize my latest excrement-covered statue of the Virgin Mary copulating with a stallion! That’s a violation of my First Amendment rights!
Or when a celebrity leftist (I know, I know; that’s a redundancy) goes on TV and says this:
Bill O’Reilly disagreed with me and called me a pinhead! That’s censorship!
What do all these things have in common? They assume the the United States government is the cause of all things, is responsible for all things, and violates the rights of various people or groups if it doesn’t accede to their demands.
It’s a welfare state mentality. The government owes us. If it doesn’t give us what we want, that’s a violation of our rights. In addition, it insults our honor, so we’re going to break out the molotov cocktails and start looting Starbucks. Smash the State!
Bin Laden’s version has an extra added ingredient: the Classic Shakedown. He’s got mau-mauing down to a fine art. Pay up, Infidel, or else!
It’s a nice little civilization you have here — wouldn’t want anything to happen to it…
You’ve got to hand it to the guy; he’s a master of pushing all the West’s buttons. Oppressed people. Longterm grievances. Racial and religious tolerance. And then the threat of violence, vicious ruthless violence against the soft limp-wristed pansy quaking-in-their-boots infidels, all those pathetic weaklings who lack the manly necessity to resist his demands.
He sees us all as Canadians and Swedes, ready to roll over and expose our soft underbelly at the first sign of his darkening brow.
And so it’s time to pay the next installment of the jizyah, with the Palestinians wearing the green eyeshade and writing the figures down in the Caliph’s ledger as the infidels line up at the teller’s window.
Here’s your receipt: “Rabee’uth-Thaanee 23, 1426. Rec’d from Crusader apes and pigs US $50,000,000,000.”
See you next week!