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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

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April 14, 2014

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Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

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Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

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April 11, 2014

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Jewish World Review Jan. 21, 2011 / 16 Shevat, 5771

Postcards from Hell

By Mona Charen

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | He seems to have achieved a kind of religious exultation by decapitating Daniel Pearl. That's what emerges from a new report from Georgetown University and the Center for Public Integrity. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the 9/11 "mastermind" whom the Obama administration abortively planned to try (with the full protections of our Constitution) in a civilian court in Manhattan, was the man who did it.

By studying the videotape of Pearl's unbearably cruel and barbarous murder (in a more innocent time — 2002 — Americans became nauseated just hearing about it), U.S. investigators were able to compare the vein structure of the hand that appears in the video with KSM's. Though Mohammed had acknowledged being the killer, some had doubts. This report should quiet them.

The exhaustive examination, like a postcard from Hell, provides new details that reveal the pornographic pleasure the murderers took in their brutality. The videographer apparently failed to capture the initial throat slashing. KSM accordingly re-enacted it, this time decapitating the 38-year-old Pearl.

Though the disorganized kidnappers had considered releasing Pearl at the start of his confinement in Pakistan, they changed their minds when they learned that he was Jewish.

"My name is Daniel Pearl. I am a Jewish American from Encino, California, USA," they forced him to say on tape before cutting his throat. Al-Qaida later released the video titled "The Slaughter of the Spy-Journalist, the Jew Daniel Pearl."

They weren't finished with him, though. After Pearl's head had been sawed off his neck, Mohammed and his accomplices cut the rest of the body into pieces. They then washed the bloody floor and knelt down in the same spot to pray — perhaps moved to religious ecstasy by the smell of American blood.

The video was intended as a recruiting tool — but its appeal has likely waned with time. Lately, perhaps reflecting its diminished position after nearly 10 years of American counterattacks, al-Qaida has been resorting to more conventional propaganda. The fourth edition of Inspire, the English online magazine of AQAP (al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula) was released Jan. 15, and while the brutality is undiminished, al-Qaida's encouragement to its followers seems strained.

For one thing, the magazine devotes a great deal of space to emphasizing the compulsory nature of jihad — it is the duty of every Muslim to wage jihad, they exhort — perhaps suggesting that they are having trouble finding willing suicide bombers. Hoping to shame Muslims into becoming recruits, they heap praise on Roshonara Choudhry, a British Muslim woman who, after listening to tapes by Anwar Al-Awlaki, calmly stabbed MP Stephen Timms with a kitchen knife on May 14, 2010.

"I was trying to kill him," she told investigators, because of his vote in favor of the Iraq War. Witnesses said she smiled as she plunged the knife into his stomach. (He survived.)

Inspire was moved. "A woman has shown to the ummah's men the path of jihad! A woman my brothers! Shame on all the men for sitting on their hands while one of our women has taken up the individual jihad! She felt the need to do it simply because our men gave all too many excuses to refrain from it."

Inspire hopes to incite its readers with photos of the Chicago skyline, and of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., with a twinkling Christmas tree in the foreground. Contributors like al-Awlaki and Sheikh Adil al-Abbab stress that in addition to violence, jihad also includes plundering the wealth of infidels through force or fraud. That they need cash is obvious. Al-Awlaki himself suggests as much, saying "jihad around the world is in dire need of financial support."

He soothes those with residual qualms: "Some Muslims today might feel uncomfortable consuming money that was seized by force from the disbelievers and would feel that income they receive as a salary or from business is a better form of income. That is not true. The best and purest form of income is booty." Quite a daily devotional.

Like the communists, who justified any crime in the name of revolution, Islamists justify any outrage if the goal is fulfilling their twisted vision of Allah's will. Aware that they've been thwarted by American military power, al-Qaida now greedily imagines smaller-scale attacks on American civilians. "Pull off Mumbai near Whitehouse (sic) till martyrdom," they plead.

Perhaps, nearly a decade after 9/11 and the murder of Daniel Pearl, we've forgotten just how vicious our enemies are. Perhaps, after all of the sacrifice and expense of the past decade, we're inclined to relax our vigilance.

Let's not.

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