Thursday, May 01, 2014

Why Al-Qaeda Declared ‘We Must Eliminate the Cross’

by Ryan Mauro
April 30, 2014

Senior Al Qaeda leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi

This article was originally published on The Clarion Project. It is cross-posted with permission.

Al Qaeda recently released a video of a large meeting in Yemen showing senior leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi preaching, “We must eliminate the cross” and explained that, “The bearer of the cross is America.”

Al-Wuhayshi was referencing sharia doctrine about the ultimate elimination of Christianity at the hands of the Islamist version of Jesus. It couldn’t be clearer: Their jihad is not about Western foreign policy. It’s about global conquest.

The Al Qaeda leader’s comment is important because it displays the end goal of even the “moderate” Islamists who insist that sharia governance is tolerant to Christians and Jews because it does not require a change in faith.

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