Give al Qaeda an Inch…


AP Photo

 …and they'll demand a yard.

From a brand new video detailing demands now in heavy rotation on as-Sahab (al Qaeda's "media wing":

[Adam Yehiye] Gadahn, who appeared in an al-Qaida video last September in which he called on Americans to convert to Islam, demanded that Bush remove all U.S. military and spies from Islamic countries, free all Muslims from U.S. prisons and end support for Israel. He said a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq alone would not satisify al-Qaida.

Due to translation problems, it was not fully clear if he had also demanded a daily large soda, calzone, and slice of pepperoni pizza from Pisano's, along with a canoli three times a week.

He continued: "Your failure to heed our demands … means that you and your people will … experience things which will make you forget all about the horrors of September 11th, Afghanistan and Iraq and Virginia Tech."

Without diminishing the pain and horror associated with the VT shootings, it's not clear to me that they stand on the world stage alongside the 9/11 attacks and ongoing carnage in Afghanistan and Iraq. More to the point, it's not clear what they have to do with the U.S. or Western engagement with Islamic extremists.

Not sure that it matters, but Gadahn is originally from California and is already wanted by the U.S. government; he's the first American to be charged with treason in over 50 years, says the AP.

Is it a sign of U.S. cultural decline that the nuts are now leaving California?

More here.