William Arkin at The Washington Post.com has written an oped saying what we were all thinking. Radical Islam, as practiced by al Qaeda is clearly very compatible with the far left.
In his piece, entitled, Bin Laden The Communist, he notes that Bin Laden’s message has changed from railing on Christian and Jewish crusaders, and the occupying of the Holy Land, to taking a rather generous position towards the Jews, actually welcoming into the Arab world.
Bin Laden saves his vitriol for corporate interests.
It’s the major corporations, you see, that are behind:
a long history of American killing, of the “Red Indians,” in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It’s also those corporations, he says, that have prevented the Democrat majority in Congress from changing the course of the war in Iraq.
He uses the language of the left when he speaks of
Americans “reeling … under the burden of interest-related debts, insane taxes and real estate mortgages; global warming and its woes; and the abject poverty and tragic hunger in Africa: all of this is but one side of the grim face of this global system.”
And taking a page right out of Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth, he fusses about global warming:
“life of all of mankind is in danger because of the global warming resulting to a large degree from the emissions of the factories of the major corporations.
Bin Laden says that America should “liberate” itself “from the deception, shackles and attrition of the capitalist system.” Oh, and also “embrace Islam.”
Robert Spencer took note of that last bit at Jihad Watch:
“I invite you to embrace Islam,” says Osama bin Laden in his latest videotape. Most analysts take this as pious window-dressing and focus on what they believe to be the more substantive points of his message: his comments on the war in Iraq, his critique of capitalism, the similarity of much of what he says to Democratic Party talking points, and the like. But in fact the invitation to Islam is the heart, and the most revealing aspect, of bin Laden’s entire statement. The chief reason for this, of course, is because in traditional Islamic law, the invitation to Islam must precede an attack on non-Muslims. The Islamic prophet Muhammad makes this clear, directing Muslims to issue this invitation first, and if the unbelievers refuse, to invite them to enter the Islamic social order as second-class dhimmis, and if they refuse both, to goto war with them.
Is, then, a major attack imminent? There are numerous indications of that – suggesting that one of the primary audiences, at least for this part of Osama’s message, is the Islamic world. If such an attack comes, Osama has by means of this videotape attempted to forestall criticism by Muslims, and has laid claim to Islamic legitimacy for Al-Qaeda’s actions.
Meanwhile, on talk shows over the week-end, White House Homeland Security Advisor, Frances Fragos Townsend said,
the fugitive al-Qaida leader is “virtually impotent” beyond his ability to hide away and spread anti-American propaganda.
Speaking of William Arkin:
Inside Cable News asks:
Is William Arkin off of NBC News’ Military analysts roster? That’s the rumor I’ve heard but so far have not been able to get a confirmation out of anyone I have asked.