MPAC, Muslim Americans Reject
Al-Awlaki’s Increasingly Irrelevant Message of Violence
September 30, 2011
MPAC re-emphasizes that attempts to incite terrorist violence by Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was killed by air strikes in Yemen, has been overwhelmingly rejected by Muslim Americans. Al-Awlaki’s death, along with Osama bin Laden’s, comes as al-Qaeda proves itself to be increasingly irrelevant to Muslims around the world.
SEE: “U.S.-Born Qaeda Leader Killed in Yemen” (New York Times)
While continuing to repudiate Al-Awlaki’s violence-filled message of hate, MPAC and Constitutional scholars have raised legal concerns about the methods used in Al-Awlaki’s demise, namely the killing of an American citizen without a trial and due process.
During the past few years, he has been a vocal mouthpiece attempting to incite Western Muslims to violence against their home countries. According to MPAC’s “Post-9/11 Terrorism Database,” 16 out of 26 al-Qaeda attacks against the American homeland have been either operationally planned or inspired by Al-Awlaki. This includes the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, 2009 Christmas Day underwear bomber and the 2010 Times Square attacks.
Nonetheless, the overwhelming majority of the 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide have rejected al-Qaeda’s ideology of death.
“It is revealing that in his own backyard of the Middle East, Al-Awlaki’s message was irrelevant with the Yemeni people,” said Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC’s President. “Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, the people of Yemen have bravely attempted to unshackle themselves from the iron grip of a dictator. The actions of the Yemeni people have buried al-Qaeda’s ideology even before Al-Awlaki’s death."
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