From the moment John Allen Muhammad and Lee Malvo  were arrested in the Beltway-area sniper  case last fall, the media  and Muslim activists  wanted us to believe that the serial killings  had absolutely nothing to do with Islamic terrorism.
CNN downplayed Muhammad's religious conversion—calling him by his old name, John Allen Williams, when his identity was first revealed. Malvo was cast as a clueless dupe with no true convictions. Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR ) argued : "There is no indication that this case is related to Islam or Muslims ." Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper railed  against conservative commentators such as the indomitable Mark Steyn , who had taken note of Muhammad's Islamic faith and his reportedly expressed anti-American sentiments after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Roeper also ridiculed National Review columnist James Robbins for astutely observing that the sniper was acting like "a jihadist warrior."  Roeper smugly concluded: " . . . an awful lot of conservatives really, really wanted the snipers to be terrorists. But they were wrong. I'll say that because they never will." 
Now it is time for Roeper, CAIR and the militant Religion of Peace propagandists  to face the facts once and for all. A chilling stack of evidence, introduced by Malvo's own lawyers last week at his capital murder trial, exposes accused sniper Malvo as an unrepentant Muslim extremist. He may not have been a card-carrying member of al Qaeda, but as Claremont Institute fellow John Hinderaker notes on Powerlineblog.com, Malvo was more of a "freelance"  Islamofascist—as legions of aggrieved fanatics  around the world are.
Malvo's violent drawings and anti-American  and anti-Semitic  rantings show him to be every bit as blood-thirsty, hatemongering and martyr-craving  as any Sept. 11 hijacker  or Palestinian suicide bomber. Among Malvo's jailhouse artwork, (online ):
Ten Americans were murdered at the hands of the Beltway-area snipers. Malvo's lawyers  say he was insane  and "brainwashed ." No more so than your average madrassa student  in Jeddah or America-hating cave dweller in Tora Bora. Malvo is, in his own words, a "believer" of Allah and a "soldier " for "JIHAD."
Stop telling me Islam  had nothing to do with it.
Michelle Malkin [email  her] is author of Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores . Click here  for Peter Brimelow's review. Click here  for Michelle Malkin's website.
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