politics, history and the war on terror
Friday, June 18, 2004
A Cry for Justice 

The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them. - Lois McMaster Bujold

American Paul Johnson has been brutally beheaded by al Qaeda terrorists in Saudi Arabia, in the same fashion as Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl. Shortly afterwards, Abdulaziz al-Moqrin, the leader of al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia, was tracked down and killed by Saudi security teams. The Magic Kingdom heads further and further into the depths of chaos.

Middle Eastern blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif asks what are Muslims waiting for? When will they work to end the violence of the jihadis and the corruption of their governments?

My question is what else are WE as Muslims, Arabs whatever are we waiting for exactly to rise against these bastards? It is quite clear that the governments we have inherited are incompetent in the face of this terror, especially Saudi, where they still seem to try to sweep this event under a rug and still refusing to accept that this is a violent revolution or civil war that is happening, rather than a few criminals who were "let astray" by "foreigners."

The sooner they face facts and immediately put a transparent action plan in place, led by capable people the sooner we can sleep well again. But that, I fear, if a very long time coming.

I fear Mahood is right. But the Middle East needs more men like Mahmood, for without them civilization has no chance at beating back the horror of the insane Islamists. Americans and other westerners are not the only targets of the likes of al Qaeda. Those who claim to fight in the name of Islam frequently murder Muslims without a second thought.

Sincerest condolences to the family of Paul Johnson. May you find some solace knowing that millions of Americans grieve with you, and that many will fight for the justice that he and so many others deserve.


I want to be perfectly clear that the reason I have provided the link to the pictures of Paul Johnson's beheading (below), as with the video of Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg, is because the mainstream media does not believe Americans should see these images. While the media is perfectly willing to run every photograph and video of Abu Ghraib they can get their hands on - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - the brutality committed against Americans is convieniently flushed down the memory hole. Some Americans easily forget the nature of this enemy, the cruelty they are capable of and the lengths they will go to terrorize free men. If you know the enemy, do not look at these pictures, it is senseless. If you need a wakeup call, look at the pictures.

Posted by bill roggio @ 11:55 PM