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The Lessons of Adam Gadahn
by Robert Spencer
Gadahn advised his fellow jihad warriors: "You shouldn't make the mistake of thinking that military bases are the only high-value targets in America and the West. On the contrary, there are countless other strategic places, institutions and installations which, by striking, the Muslim can do major damage." He implored jihadis to think out of the box: "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."
The California native also called upon Muslims to disrupt Western societies "by killing or capturing people in government, industry and the media." These and other acts of jihadist violence would weaken "consumer confidence and stifle spending." Gadahn grounded this appeal to mayhem in explicitly Islamic terms: "I am calling on every honest and vigilant Muslim in the countries of the Zionist-Crusader alliance in general and America, Britain and Israel in particular to prepare to play his due role in responding to and repelling the aggression of the enemies of Islam."
Clearly this kind of appeal resonates among some Muslims – as evidenced by the fact that the captive confused with Gadahn was another American convert. And the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the shadowy Hamas-linked group that bills itself (and fools many of the governing establishment and mainstream media in doing so) as a Muslim civil rights organization, seemed anxious to dispel the impression that Gadahn's message would gain any traction among Muslims in the U.S., or at least among CAIR members. When it looked as if Gadahn had been captured, the organization issued a press release saying: "We welcome the reported arrest of Adam Gadahn and repeat the American Muslim community's repudiation of all those who would promote or condone terrorism anywhere in the world."
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