Anwar al Awlaki’s License to Kill
Al Qaeda’s law vs. Western law.
7:28 AM, Nov 11, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
For Awlaki, then, living under Western law is a form of occupation.
Awlaki goes further, arguing that Muslims have the right to wage jihad in order to spread Allah’s law. As evidence for this proposition, he writes (emphasis added):
While the legal wrangling continues to play out, Judge Bates is clearly right to be skeptical that Anwar al Awlaki ever wanted the law suit filed on his behalf. And while the ACLU and CCR do not think the U.S. government has the legal authority to kill the al Qaeda cleric, Awlaki believes that Islamic law justifies the indiscriminate killing of Americans. He believes that this is so obvious that Muslims do not even need to consult “divine guidance.”
Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
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