Salafist Saudi cleric Salman al-Ouda pens a denunciation of Awlaki’s bloodthirstiness:

The single-minded pursuit of resistance and fighting will not improve the state of the people. It will not develop them morally, nor will it strengthen their faith. It can neither foster economic development nor stabilize society. It won’t build mosques, schools or factories. It does nothing but harm others, and more often, it harms the perpetrator more than the people he targets.

Apparently Ouda’s got the credentials to make this case. Free Radicals recounts bin Laden defending him in the past — he later urged bin Laden to renounce violence as well — and Awlaki boasted of learning at his feet. Consider this post a cackle of glee.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman