- The Washington Times - Friday, December 12, 2003

From the moment John Allen Muhammad and Lee Malvo were arrested in the Beltway-area sniper case last fall, the media and Muslim activists wanted us to believe the serial killings had absolutely nothing to do with Islamic terrorism.

CNN downplayed Muhammad’s religious conversion — calling him by his old name, John Allen Williams, when his identity was first revealed. Mr. Malvo was cast as a clueless dupe with no true convictions. Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) argued: “There is no indication that this case is related to Islam or Muslims.” Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper railed against conservative commentators such as the indomitable Mark Steyn, who had taken note of Muhammad’s Islamic faith and his reportedly expressed anti-American sentiments after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Mr. Roeper also ridiculed National Review columnist James Robbins for astutely observing that the sniper was acting “like a jihadist warrior.” Roeper smugly concluded: “.. . an awful lot of conservatives really, really wanted the snipers to be terrorists. But they were wrong. I’ll say that because they never will.”

Now it is time for Mr. Roeper, CAIR and the militant Religion of Peace propagandists to face the facts, once and for all. A chilling stack of evidence, introduced by Mr. Malvo’s own lawyers last week at his capital murder trial, exposes accused sniper Mr. Malvo as an unrepentant Muslim extremist. He may not have been a card-carrying member of al Qaeda, but as Claremont Institute fellow John Hinderaker notes on Powerlineblog.com, Mr. Malvo was more of a “freelance” Islamofascist — as legions of aggrieved fanatics around the world are.

Mr. Malvo’s violent drawings and anti-American and anti-Semitic rantings show him to be every bit as bloodthirsty, hatemongering and martyr-craving as any September 11 hijacker or Palestinian suicide bomber. Among Mr. Malvo’s jailhouse artwork, (online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/courts/cases/malvo(underscore)defendant(underscore)exhi bits.htm):

• Exhibit 65-006: A self-portrait of Malvo in the cross hairs of a gun scope shouting, “Allah Akbar.” The word “Salaam” scrawled vertically. A poem: “Many more will have to suffer. Many more will have to die. Don’t ask me why.”

• Exhibit 65-013: The word “Iinshallah” above a portrait glorifying “Muammar Kaddafi” as “The Liberator” dressed in full military regalia.

• Exhibit 65-016: A portrait of Saddam Hussein with the words “Inshallah” and “The Protector,” surrounded by rockets labeled “chem” and “nuk” (sic).

• Exhibit 65-043: Father and son portrait of Mr. Malvo and Muhammad. “We will kill them all. Jihad.”

• Exhibit 65-056: A self-portrait of Mr. Malvo as sniper, lying in wait, with his rifle. “JIHAD” written in bold letters.

• Exhibit 65-057: A drawing of the Twin Towers burning with a plane flying toward the buildings. Captions: “Jihad Islam Unite Rise,” along with “America did this” and “You were warned.” Portrait of Mr. Malvo as sniper labeled “Believer” and portrait of Osama bin Laden labeled “prophet.” A poem: “Our minarets are our bayonets, Our mosques are our baracks (sic), Our believers are our soldiers.” The American flag and the Star of David drawn in crosshairs.

• Exhibit 65-067: A suicide bomber labeled “Hamas” walking into a McDonald’s restaurant. Another drawing of the Twin Towers burning captioned: “85 percent chance Zionists did this.” More scrawls: “Allah Akbar,” “Jihad” and “Islam will explode.”

• Exhibit 65-103: A lion accompanies chapter and verse from the Koran (“Sura 2:190”): “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you and slay them wherever ye catch them.”

• Exhibit 65-109: Portrait of Osama bin Laden, captioned “Servant of Allah.”

• Exhibit 65-117: The White House drawn in crosshairs, surrounded by missiles, with a warning: “Sep. 11 we will ensure will look like a picnic to you” and “you will bleed to death little by little.”

• Exhibit 65-133: Reference to “Islamic counterattack force … ICAF.”

• Exhibit 65-114: Self-portrait of Mr. Malvo as sniper. Rant says “they all died and they all deserved it.”

• Exhibit 65-101: Mr. Malvo’s thought for the day: “Islam the only true guidance, the way of peace.”

Ten Americans were murdered at the hands of the Beltway-area snipers. Mr. Malvo’s lawyers say he was insane and “brainwashed.” No more so than your average madrassa student in Jeddah or America-hating cave dweller in Tora Bora. Mr. Malvo is, in his own words, a “believer” of Allah and a “soldier” for “Jihad.”

Stop telling me Islam had nothing to do with it.

Michelle Malkin is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of “Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores” (Regnery).

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