The statement's most significant claim is: "Our Sunni faith stipulates that the sword and bullets be the only dialogue between us and worshippers of the cross."
Here is the Reuters article:
"To avenge what it said was the desecration of the Koran"? So they kill their own fellow Muslims, perhaps innocent Muslims caught in the wrong place at the wrong time? (So far, 17 are dead.) Yes, and they justify this. In another article, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is reported as saying:
Iraq's Qaeda warns Sunnis against constitution
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iraq's al Qaeda blasted calls by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for Sunni Muslims in Iraq to participate in drafting a new constitution, saying those who did would be infidels, according to an Internet statement.
"The crusaders' hag (Rice) came to sully the land of the caliphate...and wants the participation of apostates and secularists claiming to be Sunnis," the group led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said in the statement posted on Tuesday on a Web site used by Islamists on Tuesday.
"Would anyone draft the constitution other than those who do not believe in God's book...," said the statement dated May 16.
"Our Sunni faith stipulates that the sword and bullets be the only dialogue between us and worshippers of the cross."
Zarqawi's group, one of the main networks fighting the government and U.S. forces, has threatened to kill fellow Sunnis who join the new government announced late last month.
"Those of sick hearts rush to please the Jews and Christians and sell their religion for earthly interests, desiring posts," Al Qaeda organization for Holy War in Iraq said.
It also vowed in its latest statement to avenge what it said was the desecration of the Koran in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, the Iraqi city of Basra and the U.S. base in Guantanamo.
A report in Newsweek magazine's May 9 issue about U.S. interrogators desecrating the Koran sparked protests across the Muslim world. Newsweek later retracted the report.
The killing of infidels by any method including martyrdom (suicide) operations has been sanctified by many scholars even if it meant killing innocent Muslims. This legality has been agreed upon ... so as not to disrupt Jihad.Agreed upon? Nice moral standard. What can we agree upon? I think the Nazis agreed on some things too. And both clearly denied/deny the intrinsic worth of every human, both clearly saw/see human dignity as a mere relative, subject to the whims of what has been "agreed upon." Zarqawi continues:
Protecting religion is more important than protecting (Muslim) lives, honor or wealth ... The shedding of Muslim blood ... is allowed in order to avoid the greater evil of disrupting jihad.Wouldn't want to disrupt jihad. And people say this is a "great religion" or a religion of peace. Not in this manifestation, the Islamist (Islamic terrorist) variety, which is just about the only one we hear from. Where are the peaceful and moderate Muslims? Why don't they speak up and criticize and protest the alleged abuse of their faith, an abuse which, if true, would also be blasphemous, a violation of the second commandment, doing evil in God's name? I guess that kind of dialogue is verbal and not violent so we should not hold our breath.