(CNSNews.com) – American al Qaeda operative Adam Gadahn issued a statement Tuesday on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, saying that America is at war with Islam as a religion.
In video provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute, Gadahn says, “Ever since his election, Barack Obama has made it a point to emphasize over and over again that as he says, America is not and never will be at war with Islam. Now, it’s clear that Obama is trying to pull our leg here. Obviously, Obama doesn’t know what the future holds.
“I mean, even assuming that America is not at war with Islam today, how can Obama be certain that America will never be at war with Islam? Let’s say for the sake of argument that America really isn’t at war with Islam,” he said.
“Let’s say for the sake of argument that America really isn’t at war with Islam. Does that mean that Muslims shouldn’t be fighting America? No. In Islam, if someone comes and attacks me, I’m not required to ask him: ‘Oh are you attacking me because of my religion or because you want my oil wealth?’ I defend myself. Period,” Gadahn said.
“America is crystal clear about its opposition to Islam as a political system, Islam as a ruling system, Islam as shari’a – and shari’a is the essence of Islam. So, how can America say that it is not at war with Islam?” he added.
“I’ll give you just one example of the animosity of America to Islam. There is this congressman Mark Kirk. He was on the air the day after Qadhafi was executed, talking about how we must stop and prevent the formation of an Islamic party in Libya,” Gadahn said.
“I was going to say that America has no problem with Islam as rituals – prayers, fasting and so on, but then I remembered the protests against the Islamic centers in New York and Temecula and Tennessee, I think, and other places. So I think that the claim that America is not at war with Islam as a religion is a bald-faced lie,” he added.
Gadahn then made a “heartfelt invitation” to join Islam. “Islam – the surrender or the submission is the religion chosen by God for all of mankind, the religion of all the prophets and messengers, from Adam to Abraham, to Moses, to Jesus, to Mohammad, and all in-between,” he said.