Well, embarrassingly enough, it turns out that last March I did receive, and accept, an invitation to speak at ISILs upcoming January conference.
I guess my financial crisis over the summer completely blew it out of my memory, and so I most unfairly took the fault to lie with ISIL rather than with your humble correspondent.
Well, Im glad I noticed the announcement on the website, or I wouldnt have made plans to attend! Now I will.
And at least now you know I havent been kidding about my conical hat….