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08-09-2006, 01:04 AM
8 August National Review commentary - If— (you want to be a true jihadi) (http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=OWE0NjRkNjRjMzkzZjliMTI4NDVkZDYwYjhhMzllMzA=) by John Derbyshire.

...news last week that Osama bin Laden has sent his son Saad off to fight with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Perhaps Rudyard Kipling’s best-known poem, and surely the best-known hortatory poem in the English language, is “If—” which appeared in a 1910 volume of historical stories for children...

Well, here is an updated version of “If—,”** suitable for Osama bin Laden to read to his son before the lad is sent off to fight the infidels.

If— (you want to be a true jihadi)

If you can hack the head off from a hostage
Who’s kneeling bound and helpless on the floor;
If you can purge yourself of each last vestige
Of decency, morality, and Law;
If you can hate and never tire of hating,
Or, faced with truth, still hold fast to your lies,
Or, while you’re hard at work decapitating,
Show no trace of pity in your eyes:

If you can teach your kids the “victim” story,
Stir Muslim losers trapped in English slums,
Fill youthful heads with crackpot dreams of glory,
And urge them on to fiery martyrdoms;
If you can use religion as a cover
For deeds no man could pardon or excuse,
Or claim that all the ills we humans suffer
Are machinations of the evil Jews:

If you can use the fruits of Western science
(A science that your culture cannot match)
To broadcast all your hatred and defiance,
Or carry out your crimes with more dispatch;
If you can put aside sectarian violence,
Co-operate with Shi’ites from Iran,
Unite Islam; intimidate to silence
All Muslims who won’t sign up to your plan:

If you can fly a plane into a building
Filled with harmless folk you’ve never seen,
Or seize a school that’s full of little children
And murder them when rescuers break in;
If you can fill each precious living minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of evil done,
Yours is heaven, and all the virgins in it,

And then you’ll be a real jihadi, son!