(Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has urged Muslims to avenge the burning of copies of the Koran on a U.S. base in Afghanistan earlier this year, dismissing apologies for the incident as a "ridiculous farce".
Zawahri, who took up the reins of al Qaeda after the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan just over a year ago, said Muslims should kill those responsible for desecrating their holy book and Afghan lands.
"Once again, the crusaders burned the holy Koran, in Kabul," said Zawahri in the short audio message posted on Islamist Internet forums.
The authenticity of the recording, which did not have an exact date, could not immediately be verified, but the speaker sounded like Zawahri in previous messages.
1. Are their any ads for the websites selling koranic fire starter in the DU rotation?
Seriously, muslims need to grow up and while they are at it, grow a skin. Others have the right to defile objects they hold sacred whether they like it or not. It is certainly rude and offensive, but there is no right not to be offended. Calls for rioting and killing of cartoonists demonstrate that as a whole just how backwards islam is in this century.
It is unbelievable to me that so many excuse those who call for violence against those free expression offends them. That we do not call them on it more often in the name of being sensitive or politically correct is a major retreat from principle.
Which way do you think the islamic vote went in North Carolina?