But right near the end of the story, he drops a thought-provoking little nugget: According to al-Zawahri's interpretation, it is against Islamic law for any Muslims to take up permanent residence in a Western country, where they would "have permanent stay under the laws of the infidels."
Hmmm. What does that judgment look like in practice, do you think? Are all Muslim citizens of the US or other Western nations therefore candidates for the Salman Rushdie treatment, no matter how otherwise faithful and shariah-observant they might be? (And not just citizens, but permanent "guest workers"?) Ought Western nations, out of respect for foreign customs and in order to preserve the peace, bar all Muslims from permanent residence? I'm thinking tourist and student visas only, three weeks and three months respectively, with mandatory weekly check-ins with Homeland Security.
Obviously, we at the Egg would never support policies like this. But we know plenty of people who would, many of them currently occupying lawn chairs at the Arizona-Mexico border. Apparently, Tom Tancredo and Ayman al-Zawahri are political allies.