Repost-From Foreign Policy: ‘My Pen Pal, The Jihadist’

Full post here (behind a paywall)

Our author writes about his email correspondence with the American who threatened the creators of South Park for (potentially) depicting Mohammed:

‘Zachary Adam Chesser, better known by his Internet sobriquet of “Abu Talhah al-Amrikee,” is the 20-year-old Virginia man who was indicted this month for supporting a Somalia-based al Qaeda affiliate, al-Shabab. Most Americans learned of him in April 2010, when Chesser’s media stunt wishing death upon the creators of the South Park cartoon thrust him into the national spotlight.’

And as for more homegrown terrorism?:

‘Under the banner of his “Abu Talhah al-Amrikee” brand, Chesser wanted to fundamentally transform English-language jihadist online activism.’

It’s interesting that in his desperation to join a righteous cause, he might have forgotten that how to interpret Islam itself is also worth thinking about, despite the injustice and legitimate grievances there are in the Muslim world (as well as the failures of Muslim societies to provide educational and economic opportunities…and representative rule as there is plenty of injustice coming from Muslim governments upon their own citizens).

Also On This Site:  Ebrahim Moosa At Bloggingheads Discusses Islamic Reform

From Reason: ‘Mohammad Cartoonist Lars Vilks Headbutted During Lecture’

Many libertarians stand firm on freedom of speech:  Repost-A Canadian Libertarian Making Noise: Ezra LevantFrom Volokh: ‘”South Park” Creators Warned (Threatened) Over Mohammed’Christopher Hitchens At Slate: Yale SurrendersYale concluded that the risk of violence and the potential consequences that stemmed from their decision to publish a scholarly work about the Mohammed cartoons (reprinting those cartoons) was not worth the risk.  Hitchens is not a fan of religion.

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