Infamous terrorist network Al Qaeda may be many terrible things but it's no Anders Breivik.
That's the message, at least, in the latest issue of Inspire, the English-language magazine published by the terror group and delivered to The Atlantic Wire by the Middle East Media Research Institute this afternoon. In the new issue, Al Qaeda editors devote an entire article to contrasting its brand of terrorism with the Norwegian mass killer in a piece titled "Do the mujahideen and Christian terrorists have similar goals?"
It's pretty morbid stuff, but it's hard not to chuckle at the straightforward way in which the Islamic terrorists try to calmly distinguish their killing of innocent civilians with Breivik's killing of innocent civilians. Apples and oranges, they insist!
The argument consists of three points: First among them being the targeting of women and children. "It's not like we target daycare centers and children schools or gatherings known to hold only women and children!" reads the article. Sensing a counter-argument, the writer prefaces that, "If someone says that our bombings in London and Madrid for example is proof that we target women and children then we say that we purposely target specialized institutions to not only send political messages, but to damage their economies." It's sort of pointless to debate the finer points of this but interesting, nevertheless, to see how delusional the Al Qaeda propagandists are.