ANOTHER "BREAKING NEWS" POST FROM Occident!
View my earlier post, Landscapes of Jihad: Part II, Somalia, HERE.
Late yesterday evening, a new audio message was posted on the main Salafi jihadi online discussion forums from Abu Mansur al-Ameriki (also spelled, Abu Mansur Amriki and Abu Mansoor Amriki), an American member and spokesman of sorts for the Somali radical group Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahidin [Movement of the Mujahidin-Youth] and its paramilitary wing, the Jaysh al-'Usrah [Army of "Hardship"] which responds to U.S. President Barack Obama's recent speech in Cairo that was aimed, supposedly, at the "Muslim world." I posted segments from a panel discussion about the speech HERE. Very little is known about Abu Mansur, other than he speaks fluent English with some type of "American" accent. He also speaks, it seems, fluent Arabic. His response to Obama has been teased for the past week on the forums.
The audio response, which is just over 27-minutes long, features Abu Mansur countering Obama's speech, which is described as being little more than a "change" in tactics, by highlighting his hypocrisy in accusing the "Mujahidin" of actions that the U.S. has also perpetrated, such as war crimes and gross abuses of human rights. Among the historical instances Abu Mansur highlights are the centuries of slavery, wars against Native Americans, racism against African-Americans, the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the Second World War, carpet bombing in Vietnam, and killing tens of thousands of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, arming Saddam Husayn when he was murdering thousands of Iraqi Kurds in the 1980s, and causing the death of an estimated one million Iraqi children during the 1990s sanctions against Iraq under Saddam Husayn.
Some of Abu Mansur's most interesting rhetoric comes in the beginning and end of his response (see the first couple of pages in the transcript, prepared from the original audio file by moi). One of the most interesting parts comes in his "advice" to American Muslims, who he laments have not embraced al-Qa'ida "Central's" (AQC) ideology and platform:
"...to the nearly seven million Muslims of America, I would like to extend some sincere advice. The animosity that
إن الذين توفاهم الملانكة ظالمي أنفسهم قالوا فيم كنتم قالوا كنا مستضعفين في الأرض قالوا ألم تكن أرض الله واسعة فتهاجروا فيها فاولئك ماواهم جهنم و ساءت مصيرا
“Indeed, those whose souls are taken by the angels while they are oppressing themselves, the angels say to them: ‘What type of situation were you in?’ They say: ‘We used to be oppressed in the land.’ The angels say: ‘Wasn’t the
You must turn to the Hands of Allah, and join the Ummah. You must use your talents and money and lives in support of the Muslims, rather than those who are at war with Allah’s religion. Reject the calls of Obama, and answer the calls of the oppressed.
Allah, the Exalted, said:
و ما لكم لا تقاتلون في سبيل الله و المستضعفين من الرجال و النساء و الولدان الذين يقولون ربنا أخر جنا من هذه القرية الظالم أهلها و اجعل لنا من لدنك نصيرا. (75) الذين آمنوا يقاتلون في سبيل الله و الذين كفروا يقاتلون في سبيل الله الطاغوت فقاتلوا أولياء الشيطان إن كيد الشيطان كان ضعيفا .
(Surah al-Nisa’ 75-76)
The "minor change" in Obama's still-imperial approach, according to Abu Mansur, is due to the military setbacks faced by the Americans from the AQC Mujahidin:
"Our positions, both the American position and the position of the mujahidin, have not changed in the least. All that has changed is the way in which the position is being presented. The Prophet, peace be upon him, has already informed us of the power of speech, when he said: ‘Indeed in speech there is a form of magic.’ This magic of charisma is what lifted Obama to the global stage, and what caused him to become the first African-American president.
However, this power of conveyance and magical charisma has not changed the reality of the American goals and it has not caused any success for
The only difference is that Obama is now willing to spread the pie a little more to the Muslim world. This is not because he loves the Muslims he lived in
Abu Mansur discusses why, in AQC's ideology, issues such as "human rights" and "freedom of speech" are "un-Islamic." He notes that AQC, unlike the U.S., carefully selected legitimate targets on September 11, 2001 (military targets like the Pentagon, political targets like Capital Hill, and the economic center of the World Trade Center, which "funded" American imperialism). U.S. military presence across the Muslim world, and indeed across the globe, and the ongoing conflicts in Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq are highlighted. Abu Mansur has harsh words for the 'ulama who have actively opposed AQC's ideology.
Toward the end, Abu Mansur notes the presence of American jihadis abroad, particularly in Somalia among the ranks of Harakat Shabab al-Mujahidin, as video clips of them appear on the screen. The (in)famous American AQC spokesman Adam Gadahn, a.k.a. 'Azzam al-Ameriki (The American), is also shown. Unlike Abu Mansur, Gadahn is believed to be a member of AQC and not a regional affiliate, like the Shabab.
Normally, I would highlight more choice sections from the response, but, considering that I forewent sleep in order to produce a full transcript (which I could not find on the forums), I will leave it to you, my readers, to read the transcript and/or view the linked video for yourselves. I have annotated the transcript, with notes in brackets, where I thought additional explanation was necessary.
The Beginning of the End
VIEW MY TRANSCRIPT OF THE AUDIO RELEASE
View the Audio release video, part 1 of 3, here (I recommend that those interested view it soon, as these videos tend to be removed from YouTube very often.) Embedded for academic purposes only.