Verbatim via Jihad Watch.
Now wait a minute. Seattle transit officials won’t run our AFDI ad above, featuring the most wanted terrorists, on the grounds that it’s “demeaning” to Muslims. This despite the fact that the FBI recently ran essentially the same ad, and Seattle officials had no problem with it. It was not they, but the FBI, who took it down after Islamic supremacists and Leftist politicans complained.
So now CNN has published an article entitled, “Who are the world’s 10 most dangerous terrorists?,” by Tim Lister, October 10.
The ten are Ayman al-Zawahiri, Nasir al Wuhayshi, Ibrahim al-Asiri, Ahmed Abdi Godane, Moktar Belmoktar, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Sirajuddin Haqqani, Abubakar Shekau, and Doku Umarov — all Muslims.
Has CNN then succumbed to “Islamophobia”? Will Hamas-linked CAIR denounce the network as “Islamophobic” and include a defamatory description of it in its next “Islamophobia” report? Will there be demands to stop reporting on the most wanted terrorists because doing so is “demeaning” to Muslims?
Probably none of that will happen, because CNN has a generally reliable Leftist bias that includes sympathy to jihad and Islamic supremacism. But their piece shows the madness of Seattle transit officials, and of the world we live in.
Even those terrorists that almost made or fell off of CNN’s list were Muslim.
If you live in Moscow, Chechen Islamist leader Doku Umarov would feature prominently. Many Israelis would likely include Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on their list and people living in the southern Philippines, the Abu Sayyaf group.
Some terror figures who were among the most wanted several years ago, such as Abu Anas al Libi — who was captured last weekend in Libya — appear not to have been active for some time. Even some terrorists try to retire. The last list compiled by CNN included senior al Qaeda operative Saif al Adel. He has vanished from the radar and may have been under house arrest in Iran.
Other figures lose relevance as their group loses territory, membership and/or funding. Groups such as al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have been prone to internal rifts. Additionally, al Qaeda, especially in Pakistan, has moved away from identifying senior operational figures because of the effects of U.S. drone strikes, so some of a new generation of most dangerous terrorist figures may not yet be known to us.