Wednesday, September 19, 2007

No Price To Pay

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?"

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."
It seems Osama is no longer the hero he once was and the cleric has joined the bandwagon.

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.

H/T Insatpundit

1 comment:

Snake Oil Baron said...

Nothing succeeds less than a lack of success if you will pardon the butchering of the old saying. Plus, the high profile AQ struggles in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan siphon young jihadis and money away from other jihad causes around the world. The so called "secular" dictators are all too happy to encourage this so that the angry youth in their nations do not get used by local clergy to expand their power but some clerics are likely beginning to wonder how OBL has actually furthered the cause of Islamic rule by squandering Islam's demographic window of opportunity on two wars inside the Islamic world that can not be won.