Anti-Freedom

Anwar al-Awlaki, Former Senior AQAP Media Official, February 14, 2011

“The U.S. is an empire of vain desires, one which under the guise of liberty permits and spreads every crime, sin, and deviation from proper human nature. The U.S. and the West permit freedom of expression about all forms of apostasy and corruption; they permit everything, except telling a truth that brings shame upon them. The U.S.'s open corruption takes place at the highest level – that is, [at the level of] the president of the U.S. himself, who has approved a law permitting homosexuals to join the military, a matter that demonstrates the level of degeneration to which this people has sunk… Steven Stalinsky, “American-Yemeni Al-Qaeda Cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki Highlights the Role and Importance of Media Jihad, Praises Al-Jazeera TV Journalists and WikiLeaks,” Middle East Media Research Institute, March 15, 2011, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/5096.htm.

Anwar al-Awlaki, Former Senior AQAP Media Official, Summer 2010

“The U.S.'s open corruption takes place at the highest level—that is, [at the level of] the president of the U.S. himself, who has approved a law permitting homosexuals to join the military, a matter that demonstrates the level of degeneration to which this people has sunk.”Steven Stalinsky, “American-Yemeni Al-Qaeda Cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki Highlights the Role and Importance of Media Jihad, Praises Al-Jazeera TV Journalists and WikiLeaks,” Middle East Media Research Institute, March 15, 2011, http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/5096.htm.

Anwar al-Awlaki, Former Senior AQAP Media Official, Summer 2010

“Whenever the [Muhammad cartoon] affair calms down, someone somewhere in the Western world is sure to flare it up again. From 2005 onwards the cycle of offense is unabated. What the West is failing to realize is that these attacks are also serving as a mobilizing factor for the Muslims and are bringing more and more Muslims to the realization that jihad against the West is the only realistic solution for this problem along with a host of other problems that cannot be cured without fighting in the path of Allah.”Anwar al-Awlaki, “May Our Souls Be Sacrificed For You!” Inspire Magazine 1 (2010): 27-28

Anwar al-Awlaki, Former Senior AQAP Media Official, Summer 2010

“[T]here were some completely misguided efforts [in response to cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad] such as those of some of the callers to Islam who paid a visit to Denmark along with young Muslim boys and girls to start a dialogue in order to build bridges of understanding between the Muslims and the people of Denmark! It is not enough to have the intention of doing good. One must do good in the proper way. So what is the proper solution to this growing campaign of defamation?”Anwar al-Awlaki, “May Our Souls Be Sacrificed For You!” Inspire Magazine 1 (2010): 27-28

Nasir al-Wuhayshi, former leader, Summer 2010

“All praise due to Allah. America is the one forcing us to target it. These heinous crimes which the human soul rejects such as the cartoons of the Messenger and holding celebrations and awarding those who curse the Prophet require us to target the Americans. In fact they require us to wipe them out of the map completely. America is a cancer that needs to be removed along with the West that is supporting this criminal behavior and are banning the niqab of the chaste and pure Muslim women.”“Interview with Shaykh Abu Basir: the Head of al-Qa’idah in the Arabian Peninsula,” Inspire Magazine 1 (2010): 13-17.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, January 23, 2005

“Democracy is based on the freedom to form groups and political parties, etc. regardless of the beliefs, thoughts, and moral standards of these groups. And this is not permissible under the Sharia.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, January 23, 2005

“Democracy is based on freedom of expression and speech, no matter what the expression is, even if it contains attacks and insults to God and the rules of the religion. In democracy nothing is sacred that cannot be addressed or insulted.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, January 23, 2005

“Democracy is based on the idea of freedom of religion and creed. Under democracy, a person has the right to believe whatever he pleases, to adopt the faith of his choice, and to revert to any religion whenever he wishes to do so, even if this apostasy leads to the abandonment of the religion of God almighty, to atheism, or the worship of [a false god] other than God. Beyond doubt, this is a matter that is in contradiction of many Sharia texts. A Muslim who reverts from his religion to disbelief shall be sentenced to death under Islam, as is set forth in the Hadith narrated by Bukhari and others: ‘He who exchanges his religion, kill him.’ [The hadith does not say] ‘leave him be.’” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, January 2005

“We have declared a bitter war against democracy and all those who seek to enact it… Democracy is also based on the right to choose your religion… [which is] against the rule of God.”“Purported al-Zarqawi tape: Democracy a lie,” CNN, January 23, 2005, http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/01/23/iraq.main/index.html.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Leader, December 2, 2001

“[W]e must acknowledge that the west, led by the United States, which is under the influence of the Jews, does not know the language of ethics, morality, and legitimate rights.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 196-197.