Fearmongering Perhaps Best Left to Cable News.

September 3, 2006

I just woke up and CBS News straightfacedly reported that al-Qaeda released a video exhorting Americans to convert to Islam. I’m sure CNN and Fox News are all up in this by now, so my worry here is unoriginal, but just the other day I heard that bin Laden was criticized harshly by other Islamists after 9/11; you’re not supposed to murder infidels without first giving them the option of converting to Islam.
To me the slice of the video CBS showed looked weirdly lo-fi Christian network-ish, with a pleasant American-born terrorist named Adam recommending Muhammad, and a mild al Zawahiri endorsing Adam’s endorsement; very benign and inoffensive and unlike the work of murderous sociopaths.