Apparently Ayman al-Zawahiri wasn’t available.

(Weekly Standard) — In the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death, the Washington Post ran a four-part series by men and women who had their “lives shattered and transformed by” the terror master. One of the contributors was especially curious: former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg.

I have written about Begg on a number of occasions before, so what follows will not be new for some readers. But apparently it will be new for the Post’s editors, who don’t seem to mind giving over their pages to a jihadist.

Here are five reasons the Post should have thought twice before giving Moazzam Begg space to comment.

Reason #1: Moazzam Begg and his organization, Cageprisoners, have proselytized on behalf of al Qaeda cleric Anwar al Awlaki and spread jihadist propaganda.

To give you a sense of what Begg and Cageprisoners are all about, the organization’s web site currently features a “purely fictional” account entitled, “Breaking News: Barack Obama Is Dead.” This twisted feature includes a doctored photo of President Obama, who is called an “American War Criminal,” disfigured by gunfire. Thus, while the rest of the world is celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden, Cageprisoners is pining — as a joke, they’d surely tell you! — for the death of America’s president.

The disgusting presidential death fantasy and relationship with Awlaki are just some of the ways Cageprisoners has worked to spread anti-American, pro-jihadist propaganda. The group’s web site contains everything from denunciations of the drone campaign in northern Pakistan, to spreading disinformation in the service of al Qaeda operatives. And Begg once agreed to be the poster boy for a first-person shooter video game in which players would be able to blast their way out Guantanamo, killing virtual American soldiers in the process.

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