- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 5, 2015

Controversial Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary suggested Thursday that the filmed burning of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh by Islamic State militants was justified under the Koran.

Speaking with NewsmaxTV host Steve Malzberg, Mr. Choudary said the video showing the pilot burning to death “has several intended affects.”

“One of them, of course, is to terrorize the enemy, and I think it’s had that effect,” he said, the Daily Caller reported. “It’s had a huge propaganda effect all around the world. Now, if you want to look at this from a Islamic perspective, what they are arguing is that it is reciprocation.

“The fact is that the pilots, not just this Jordanian one but many others via drones and other bombing campaigns have burnt a lot of bad women and children, and indiscriminately. Obviously, we don’t see the pictures and images of those because they are not available,” Mr. Choudary continued. “But hundreds of thousands of Muslims are being killed, most of them by aerial bombardment in Syria and Iraq and, obviously before, in Afghanistan.

“And what these people are saying is this is reciprocation. So they have a juristic argument to retaliate in a similar manner,” he continued, “this is what Allah said in the Koran: Fight them back the way that they fight you.”

“So I’m asking you, this is condoned by Muhammad? This is what Muhammad taught and would teach? Is that what you’re saying?” Mr. Malzberg asked.

“We worship Allah, we don’t worship the messenger Muhammad,” Mr. Choudary clarified. “In defensive jihad there are different rules, and in this kind of scenario, whatever the Muslims can do within the realms of the acceptable behavior, they are doing. And part of that is terrorizing the enemy.”

“I’m just trying to get an answer,” an exasperated Mr. Malzberg said. “To you, is this acceptable behavior? Is this justified?” 

“Well let me tell you what is not acceptable and then we can narrow it down. Raping people is not acceptable, you know, what the CIA did with Guantanamo Bay —”

“You’re incapable of answering a question,” Mr. Malzberg said before cutting the British cleric’s microphone. “Thanks for being with us and saying nothing as usual.”

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