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September 3, 2006
The American Lord Haw Haw

The release of a new video from Ayman al-Zawahiri has caused a minor sensation with its inclusion of Adam Gadahn, an American convert to al-Qaeda jihadism, demanding the conversion of America to Islam. The video shows Gadahn, now called Azzam the American, speaking in American patois and counseling surrender to the terrorist group:

It was the second time Gadahn appeared in the same video with al-Zawahri. In a July 7 video marking the one-year anniversary of the terror attack on London commuters, Gadahn appeared briefly, saying no Muslim should "shed tears" for Westerners killed by al-Qaida attacks.

But Saturday's video — and the length of Gadahn's speech — suggested al-Qaida has found in him someone who can directly address the American people in idiom they are familiar with. ...

Gadahn delivered a lecture on Islam and the "errors" in Christianity and Judaism. He also said the United States is losing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and told U.S. soldiers they are fighting President Bush's "crusades."

"Instead of killing yourself for Bush ... why not surrender to the truth (of Islam), escape from the unbelieving army and join the winning side. Time is running out so make the right choice before it's too late," he said. ...

"You know that if you die as an unbeliever in battle against the Muslims you're going straight to Hell without passing 'Go,'" Gadahn said on the video, addressing American soldiers. "You know you're considered by Bush and his bunch of warmongers as nothing more than expendable cannon fodder ... You know they couldn't care less about your safety and well-being."

"We send a special invitation (to convert to Islam) to all of you fighting Bush's crusader pipedream in Afghanistan, Iraq and wherever else 'W' has sent you to die. You know the war can't be won," he said, using Bush's nickname.

Gadahn also urged other Americans to convert to Islam.

"It is time for the unbelievers to discard these incoherent and illogical beliefs," he said. "Isn't it the time for the Christians, Jews, Buddhists and atheists to cast off the cloak of the spiritual darkness which enshrouds them and emerge into the light of Islam?"

None of this should surprise anyone. Gadahn has followed a long and sad tradition of betrayal that has accompanied each foreign war we have ever fought, starting with our own Revolution. Gadahn has cast himself in the role of Lord Haw Haw, the Irish-American William Joyce, who spent World War II trying to convince the British of the inevitability of Nazi global domination.

As I recall, that war didn't work out well for the Nazis, their ideology, or for Lord Haw Haw, either -- who got hanged for his treason. He remained defiant to the end, blaming the Jews for his predicament and scratching swastikas on his cell wall. Joyce is buried in an unmarked grave and is remembered for his ridiculous and pathetic diatribes as well as his mental instablity.

Gadahn will meet the same fate. His broadcasts clearly amount to a classical definition of treason. If we get our hands on him, he will wind up scratching crescents on walls and blaming Jews for his misery, too. That's all that fanatical haters can do -- find people to kill, or find people to blame.

I advise Americans to approach Gadahn as the British did Joyce in the 1940s: with contempt and ridicule. His videos may make him feel powerful and influential, but in reality he is nothing more than an American-born pet of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. He's nothing special at all; even JRR Tolkien had a Mouth of Sauron in Lord of the Rings, and Gadahn fits the role to a T.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at September 3, 2006 9:53 AM

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