A video which has recently begun appearing on jihadist websites shows a jihadist named Nasir al-Wuhayshi addressing well over 100 fellow jihadists in Yemen. Nasir al-Wuhayshi is Al-Qaeda’s number two leader globally and head of its affiliate in the Arabian Peninsula. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is considered to be the most dangerous Al-Qaeda affiliate of all and includes among its members a highly skilled and highly capable bomb maker responsible for many attacks and attempted attacks against the United States named Ibrahim al-Asiri.
In his address al-Wuhayshi made it very clear that he intends to attack the U.S. and sow destruction, bloodshed and death. His message was uncompromising and unequivocal. Among other things he said to his fellow jihadists “We must eliminate the cross…the bearer of the cross is America!”.
Can’t get any clearer, uncompromising or unequivocal than that, can you?
Is Al-Qaeda in general and al-Wuhayshi in particular capable of attacking the United States and sowing destruction, bloodshed and death?
Will his comments inspire fellow travellers, fellow jihadists, to attack America and Americans, whether they are affiliated with Al-Qaeda or not?
Is it any accident that the video of al-Wuhayshi’s address surfaced at Easter, one of the two most important, significant holidays in the Christian calendar, the other being Christmas?
No, it is not.
Does this mean that Americans can expect to be attacked by Al-Qaeda operatives and/or other jihadists in the foreseeable future, perhaps even in the near future, perhaps even on Good Friday or Easter Sunday itself?
Yes, it does.
“We must eliminate the cross…the bearer of the cross is America!”.
Happy Easter from Nasir al-Wuhayshi and his fellow jihadists around the world, including the thousands who are in the United States at this very moment.
Oh, and the next time some craven, opportunistic politician like President Obama tells you that Al-Qaeda has been defeated and is no longer a threat to America and Americans treat their comments with the contempt they deserve.