The New York Sun reports that a prominent Saudi cleric, Salman al-Awdah, once praised by Osama has turned against him. Howerver, that is not the most interesing point of the article.
Mr. al-Awdah asks, "Have we reduced Islam to a bullet or a rifle? Has the means become an end?"It seems Osama is no longer the hero he once was and the cleric has joined the bandwagon.
The editor of an Arabic International Daily, Asharq Alawsat, Tariq Alhomayed, suggested the letter was published too late.
"Sheikh Salman al Ouda's distancing himself from Bin Laden at a time when those absolving themselves of Al Qaeda's leader have nothing to lose and no price to pay." Mr. Alhomayed wrote in an editorial published yesterday. "This comes at a time when no one is shedding any tears for the leader of Al Qaeda organization."
Cross Posted at Classical Values and at The Astute Bloggers
The big deal of course is the bandwagon. Osama is no longer driving it. In fact he appears to have been thrown under the wheels.