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WASHINGTON – In the latest video from al-Qaida warning of an imminent terrorist attack on the U.S., five specific “Zionist crusader missionaries of hate” are named, while three Westerners, including one American, are actually praised for their efforts toward “peace.”
Those singled out as enemies of al-Qaida are Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, Steven Emerson, Michael Scheuer and, of course, President Bush. The first three are WND contributors and outspoken media figures who warn about the growing threat of Islamo-fascism. Scheuer is the former head of the CIA unit assigned the mission of hunting down Osama bin Laden.
Perhaps more surprising than a list of enemies – all of whom were directed to convert at once and be accepted into the brotherhood of Islam – was a slightly shorter list of al-Qaida friends in the West.
That list includes Seymour Hersh, the investigative reporter for the New Yorker who most recently claims the U.S. directed the Israeli attack on Hezbollah in Lebanon. Two Brits are also mentioned in a favorable light by Adam Gadahn, the American spokesman for al-Qaida. They were George Galloway of the House of Commons and Robert Fisk, who writes for the London Independent.
While Gadahn was issuing the statement warning Americans of an impending attack, Galloway was also getting high marks from the terrorist group Hamas, operational allies with al-Qaida.
Hamas’ Syrian-based boss, Khaled Mishaal, hailed Galloway for his courage after meeting with him in Damascus. He also thanked him for his opposition stands in the British Parliament and support for the resistance in “Palestine.”
Hersh was not available for reaction to being named a friend of al-Qaida. But Pipes did issue a statement.
“I note your offer for me to change sides in the current war,” he said in a statement directed toward Gadahn. “But I am faithful to my own religion, to my country, and to my civilization. I will do my part to defeat radical, totalitarian Islam and to usher in the emergence of a modern, moderate and good-neighborly Islam in place.”
Gadahn has been taking larger and larger roles as a spokesman for al-Qaida. The FBI said yesterday investigators do not believe he is a high-ranking member of the group.
Adam Yehiye Gadahn is suspected of attending al-Qaida training camps in Pakistan and has appeared on several al-Qaida videos.
FBI spokesman John Miller said “Al-Qaida has sought to use Gadahn as a propaganda tool. The purpose is to have someone who can translate al-Qaida’s message into English and deliver it to a Western audience. It’s part of their ‘psy-ops.”‘
Gadahn’s 40-minute statement was preceded by one by Ayman al-Zawahiri – who is a high-ranking al-Qaida operative. He is usually regarded as the No. 2 man after bin Laden. He urged Americans to convert to Islam before introduced the man known as “Azzam the American” – known to the FBI as Gadahn a former California student and devotee of heavy metal music.
“If the Zionist crusader missionaries of hate and counter-Islam consultants like Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, Michael Scheuer, Steven Emerson, and yes, even the crusader-in-chief George W. Bush were to abandon their unbelief and repent and enter the light of Islam and turn their swords against the enemies of God, it would be accepted of them and they would be our brothers in Islam,” said Gadahn.
Gadahn said he rejoiced to learn of American soldiers that had converted to Islam, and cautioned them to be careful.
“I advise you to take all precautions in practicing your religion and in deserting the army” so as not to be exposed to reprisals that others have suffered for rejecting `”American terrorism,” he said.
According to the FBI, Gadahn, 28, “is being sought in connection with possible terrorist threats against U.S.” The video was released a day after Gadahn’s birthday, and ahead of the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Gadahn converted to Islam in 1995 and traveled to Pakistan in 1998.
As WND reported, Gadahn is a former California heavy metal music fan whose Islamic conversion testimonial was featured on the official website of the University of Southern California’s Muslim Students Association for 11 years before he was revealed as a terror advocate in July.
Gadahn’s story of “Becoming Muslim” was removed from the USC website shortly after he appeared in the July 7 al-Qaida video. A cached version is still available through the Internet archiving system called the Wayback Machine.
“As I began reading English translations of the Quran, I became more and more convinced of the truth and authenticity of Allah’s teachings contained in those 114 chapters,” he wrote. “Having been around Muslims in my formative years, I knew that they were not bloodthirsty, barbaric terrorists that the news media and the televangelists paint them to be.”
He said in November 1995, he went to the Islamic Society of Orange County in Garden Gove and told the librarian he wanted to become a Muslim.
At the society, Gadahn was tutored by Muzammil H. Siddiqi, former president of the Islamic Society of North America.
Gadahn allegedly traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan to train at al-Qaida camps following his conversion while attending the Islamic Society of Orange County. Siddiqi is head of the mosque there.
Besides his appearance in the two recent al-Qaida videos, Gadahn is believed to be a masked figure in two videos delivered to ABC News in Pakistan in 2004 and 2005. In the 2005 tape, the masked speaker threatened terror attacks in Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.