What? That’s absolute nonsense.
Anwar al-Awlaki explains his comment in the Washington Post: Aulaqi said: “I blessed the act because it was against a military target. And the soldiers who were killed were not normal soldiers, but those who were trained and prepared to go to Afghanistan and Iraq.”
I’ve written about Anwar al-Awlaki here on my blog when he was imprisoned, disagreed with his position praising the Iraqi shoe-thrower in my post Duck Bush, Duck, love some of his lectures, particularly those about history as they are so detailed and he has a very clear and engaging manner of speech. He has a good Ramadan video from the time when he was imam at Dar ul Hijrah in Virginia. I’m an advocate for allowing free speech, which means people have the freedom to make statements we disagree with or find despicable. Unfortunately, others post 9/11 have been grouped together by overzealous and obtuse law enforcement agencies that cannot distinguish between benign and serious threats as in the case of Dr. Ali al-Tamimi, who is serving life in prison for nothing other than First Amendment issues.
I know some Muslims, particularly those that are fans of the old Anwar al-Awlaki that we used to know when he lived in this area will not want to say anything, thinking they are doing good by abstaining from saying anything but I believe those sort of attitudes are harmful. When people make foolish and/or dangerous statements, one should not just sit back quietly and twiddle one’s thumbs. This is how nonsense goes unchecked in many of our communities. If you have a mind, don’t be afraid to use it, if you have critical thinking capabilities, utilize them, and don’t be like sheep docilely being led to the slaughter. It’s true you may have to disagree with people, perhaps even friends and family, but that is far better than allowing nonsense to go unchecked.