Robert Spencer, author on jihad and Islamic terrorism, wrote in May of this year concerning the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s eighteen page letter to US president, George Bush, in which he invited Bush to accept Islam. Spencer wrote:
“In a Hadith, Muhammad tells his followers to call people to Islam before waging war against them:
Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war…When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them….If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya [the tax on non-Muslims specified in Qur’an 9:29]. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them. (Sahih Muslim 4294)
In light of that, this letter could be — but is not necessarily — a prelude to an attack…..”
In an interview some time later with 60 Minutes’ Mike Wallace, Iranian president Ahmadinejad, asked Wallace the following:
“Please give him this message, sir. Those who refuse to accept an invitation to good will not have a good ending or fate.”
While it’s difficult to say with any degree of certainty what Ahmadinejad means by all this, it does warrant further consideration, and underlines the difficulty in dealing with Islamists (as opposed to Marxist Leninists) in a post cold war period. Many an analyst would probably deem the latter to be somewhat more predictable of the two.
“Instead of killing yourself for Bush … why not surrender to the truth (of Islam), escape from the unbelieving army and join the winning side. Time is running out so make the right choice before it’s too late.”
Just what the American jihadi, Adam “Yehiye Gadahn” actually means by; “before it’s too late”, is again the center of speculation. But according to Muslim tradition, a refusal to accept Islam, means that all bets are off and their coming destruction justified. KGS
We must never forget…..