Roger’s Rules

One less “honest and vigilant Muslim” on the loose

Adam Gadahn, né Adam Pearlman, a.k.a. “Azzam the American” is the 31-year-old Oregon native who converted to Islam and is now a “senior operative, cultural interpreter, spokesman and media advisor” for al-Qaeda. Since 2004, he’s been on the FBI’s “most wanted” list and is the first American in half a century to be charged with treason.

Over the last several years, Gadahn has appeared in several al-Qaeda sponsored videos. Just today, a new video appeared on several radical Muslim web sites. In it, Gadahn calls on every “honest and vigilant Muslim” to emulate Maj.  Nidal Hasan, he of Ft. Hood infamy, to kill the infidel (that would be you and me) and do whatever possible to harm “the Zionist-Crusader alliance.”

“Nidal Hasan is a pioneer, a trailblazer and a role-model who has opened a door, lit a path and shown the way forward for every Muslim who finds himself among the unbelievers. . . .  As the blessed operations of September 11th showed, a little imagination and planning and a limited budget can turn almost anything into a deadly, effective and convenient weapon.”

It was only a few hours after this latest incitement to murder and mayhem that Pakistani officials announced that they had captured Gadahn.  It was, as a news report in New York Daily News put it, “a huge victory” for the good guys, i.e. us, we Western infidels who promote that long list of things anathema to “honest and vigilant Muslims”—things like individual freedom, freedom of religion, representative democracy, equal rights for women, and a legal system that has bid farewell to barbaric practices like stoning, flogging, amputation, and beheading. If convicted, the News notes, Gadahn faces the death penalty. Good news.

But where, I wonder, will Eric Holder propose trying this disgusting person?