October 11, 2011
Cowardly Friends of Jihadi Chickenhawk Samir Khan Praise his "Martyrdom" ... from Safety of Mom's Basement (bumped)
The former colleagues of Samir Khan at the Ansar Mujahideen English Forum (AMEF) have released a statement lamenting his death and that of Anwar al-Awlaki.
Khan, who was killed last week in a drone strike targeting the al Qaeda leader Awlaki, was once a moderator at the AMEF forum. After his blog was removed by several companies from their webservers for violating terms-of-service for supporting terrorism, Khan was offered space on the AMEF server where his blog remained until he left to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
The AMEF statement first confirms that Anwar al-Awlaki was a member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, something that some fringe elements in the US have claimed was not 'proved'. These elements, mostly in the fringe left but also from Ron Paul, claim that Awlaki's killing was 'illegal' since he had not been 'convicted' of any crime. However, the members the AMEF forum -- many of whom had online relationships with Awlaki and who therefore would be in a better position to judge the matter than, say, Ron Paul -- beg to differ. Awlaki, they say, was al Qaeda:
But even among the very few scholars who dare to speak the Truth, Imam Anwar al-Awlaki was still a rarity. For he was not content to merely talk about Jihad, he wanted to 'practice what he preached'. He left a comfortable life in America and made Hijrah to Yemen, and joined his brothers in Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.The members of the forum would be even more intimately aware of the details of Samir Khan. Khan spent many hours a week on the forum and personally communicated with many of its members. Further, some of these forum members would know Khan in real life, through his mosque in Charlotte or his association with the radicals in New York's Islamic Thinkers Society and the more radical Revolution Muslim group.
So, who better to judge whether Khan was a member of a terrorist organization or not than his friends?
Our brother Samir, may Allah have mercy on him, is well-known to all the members of the English-speaking jihadi forums. He was a frequent contributor on the forums, and via his blogs, until he also decided to answer the call of Amir Abu Baseer [ed note: Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] (may Allah protect him) and make Hijrah to Yemen.So, Samir went to Yemen not to -- as he allegedly told his parents -- "learn Arabic", but to join AQAP.
As Samir himself stated, that he was "al Qaeda all the way."
While this much is true, the next statement by Samir's friends at AMEF is not:
Our brother used the same online username consistently: Inshallahshaheed.This is not true. After the popular press outed Samir and his pro-al Qaeda writings brought unwanted attention, he switched his name to Abu Risaas -- which means "father of Risaas". In other words, he tried to downplay the Inshallahshaheed name, which means "God willing, a martyr".
Did Samir want to die a 'martyr' for the cause of al Qaeda? I doubt it.
If he really wanted to do jihad, then why didn't he follow his own advice and attack Americans on American soil? He was blogging from the safety of his mommy's Charlotte, N.C. basement -- literally -- for years. As a writer for al Qaeda, he urged Muslims in the West to attack civilians in the West.
Yet, when all was said and done, he did nothing.
And yes, he went to Yemen to join his mentor Anwar al-Awlaki and become part of al Qaeda. But which part?
The part of al Qaeda that actually does something? The part that picks up a gun and fights? The part that is willing to put their life on the line in battle?
No, the part that ... writes magazine articles encouraging others to do what they were not themselves willing to do.
In the end, Samir Khan was nothing more than a coward. He lived a coward, he died a coward.
Just like his friends at the AMEF forum. All of whom are vocal in their support of violent jihad .... from the safety of their mommy's basement!
Samir Khan and AMEF: the chickenhawks of jihad!
H/T: Censord31, blogging his support of al Qaeda from the safety of Belgium.