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Earlier today, on Al-Jazeera, Osama Bin Laden threatened to start killing Americans taken hostage if America executes Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, whom Bin Laden described as a "mujahid and hero." Despite President Obama's attempts to appease the Muslim world, nothing he's done (yet) is good enough for either Ahmadinejad or Bin Laden, who said:
"Your master in the White House continues to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor in many important matters, like his escalation of the war in Afghanistan and the oppression of our prisoners you are holding – first and foremost among them the mujahid and hero, Khaled Sheikh Muhammad. The White House declared that it wanted to execute them. The day the US makes this decision, it will have made the decision to execute those of you who fall prisoner to us." (Thanks, as ever, to Jeffrey Imm, who immediately alerted me).
But not to worry. I am sure that American left lawyers will fight so hard for their Gitmo prisoners that there may be no executions. On the other hand: If America fills up its jails with terrorists as Israel has been forced to do, why then, all the jihadists will be demanded in return for the release of the next American captured; yes, all of them for one, just as in the case of Israeli Sergeant Gilad Shalit.
We have also just been told that Islamist terrorists are surgically implanting bombs (not silicone) into breasts so that female terrorists can blow themselves up on plane—while Al-Qaeda's Mastermind threatens the American President with an eye-for-an-eye.
Meanwhile, the American Left is busily hosting the triumphantly arrived Tariq Ramadan, the grandson and heir to the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and other smooth Islamist and pro-Islamist speakers. Next week, in New York City, at the Great Hall at Cooper Union (a place I once knew well), Ramadan will be speaking together with Ian Buruma (see below), Dahlia Mogahed, and Joan Wallach Scott, with whom I once crossed swords over Scott's support for the boycott and divestment in Israel. I do not know if I'll have the stomach to attend. Ramadan is not my problem, I know him for the snake he is. Rather, it would be the sight of so many Americans who've glamorized him, who are fooled by him, who have come to worship Death at his feet. I may recognize too many of them personally....