Islam, Najibullah ZAZI, a frog & a scorpion

Analysis & Editorial by Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

“There is no way I can have any connection to this terrorism.”

“I live here. I work here. Why would I have an issue with America?” “This is the only country that gives you freedom - freedom of religion, freedom of choice. You don’t get that elsewhere. Nobody wants to leave America. People die to come here.” -Najibullah ZAZI, now in custody on terrorism charges.

Najibullah ZAZI is a liar. His father, Mohammed ZAZI is a liar. And the Queens mosque leader Ahmad Wais AFZALI is a liar. Considering that their lies obstructed the efforts of authorities during the course of this investigation, these three contemptible specimens of Islam would likely have laughed at the scenes of death, the screams of the injured men, women and children who would have fallen victim to their plans of carnage had they been left unfettered.

Although the charge of lying to authorities is the lesser of the charges filed against ZAZI and the only charge filed against his father and mosque leader AFZALI to-date, its significance to this case is unfortunately being overlooked.

Lying to investigators, especially by suspects or their families is certainly not new and is almost expected. Lying to investigators by an informant is not new either. It is critically important in this case as it illustrates a specific and acceptable tactic employed by Islamists involved in the war against our culture, ideology, religion and our people. Its role in this war is not widely understood and therefore, often goes unrecognized as the legitimate Muslim tactic of “Taqiyya.”

In the context of this case, AFZALI’s actions conform to the very definition of this tactic, which is the “concealing one’s beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies at a time of imminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from physical and/or mental injury.” The charge that Queens mosque leader Ahmad AFZALI lied to authorities and tipped off suspect Najibulla ZAZI during the course of a terror investigation is a clear illustration of Taqiyya in action. It is also the product of an aggressive campaign by Islamic advocacy groups to insinuate themselves into law enforcement agencies in a post 9/11 environment. Their purpose, they claim, is to insure that counterterrorism efforts do not infringe on their religious freedoms.

The campaign of insertion into the legal process, from the policy-making to the enforcement levels of the law enforcement community, occurred in earnest immediately following 9/11 under the threat of litigation. In fact, the attack of 9/11 actually propelled this infiltration, which was readily accepted by those under the influence of political correctness.  As their insidious tactic was and continues to be widely misunderstood, its significance and investigative impact often goes unrecognized, even when illustrated in cases like this.

For anyone who remains unconvinced, consider the presentation given by Muslim activist and Washington, D.C. mosque leader Abdul Alim MUSA titled “How to Punk the FBI.” MUSA, the director of Masjid Al-Islam in Washington, D.C., clearly promotes throwing obstacles at the FBI, even while their efforts are involved in saving lives from potential terrorist attacks.

The Scorpion and the Frog

One day, a scorpion looked around at the mountain where he lived and decided that he wanted a change. So he set out on a journey through the forests and hills. He climbed over rocks and under vines and kept going until he reached a river.

The river was wide and swift, and the scorpion stopped to reconsider the situation. He couldn’t see any way across. So he ran upriver and then checked downriver, all the while thinking that he might have to turn back.

Suddenly, he saw a frog sitting in the rushes by the bank of the stream on the other side of the river. He decided to ask the frog for help getting across the stream.

“Hello Mr. Frog!” called the scorpion across the water, “Would you be so kind as to give me a ride on your back across the river?”

“Well now, Mr. Scorpion! How do I know that if I try to help you, you wont try to kill me?” asked the frog hesitantly.

“Because,” the scorpion replied, “If I try to kill you, then I would die too, for you see I cannot swim!”

Now this seemed to make sense to the frog. But he asked. “What about when I get close to the bank? You could still try to kill me and get back to the shore!”

“This is true,” agreed the scorpion, “But then I wouldn’t be able to get to the other side of the river!”

“Alright then…how do I know you wont just wait till we get to the other side and THEN kill me?” said the frog.

“Ahh…,” crooned the scorpion, “Because you see, once you’ve taken me to the other side of this river, I will be so grateful for your help, that it would hardly be fair to reward you with death, now would it?!”

So the frog agreed to take the scorpion across the river. He swam over to the bank and settled himself near the mud to pick up his passenger. The scorpion crawled onto the frog’s back, his sharp claws prickling into the frog’s soft hide, and the frog slid into the river. The muddy water swirled around them, but the frog stayed near the surface so the scorpion would not drown. He kicked strongly through the first half of the stream, his flippers paddling wildly against the current.

Halfway across the river, the frog suddenly felt a sharp sting in his back and, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog’s back. A deadening numbness began to creep into his limbs.

“You fool!” croaked the frog, “Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?”

The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drownings frog’s back.

“I could not help myself. It is my nature.”

Then they both sank into the muddy waters of the swiftly flowing river.