Thursday, November 20, 2008

Al-Qaeda chief brands Obama a 'house Negro' .

During the election Joe Liebermann claimed that Hamas favoured the election of Barack Obama and sought to imply that terrorists the world over would favour an Obama presidency.

However, now that Obama has actually been elected, Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qa'ida's deputy leader, has lashed out at Obama's presidency, labelling Obama a "house Negro", implying that he is simply a black man merely doing the bidding of white masters.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qa'ida's deputy leader, also mocked Mr Obama as being the "direct opposite of honourable black Americans" such as Malcolm X, the Muslim African-American rights leader of the 1960s.

As a welcome message to the soon-to-be president, it was predictably aggressive and belligerent, though it contained no specific threats of attack. "You have reached the position of president, and a heavy legacy of failure and crimes awaits you. A failure in Iraq to which you have admitted, and a failure in Afghanistan to which the commanders of your army have admitted."

The message was a clear attempt to dampen global enthusiasm after the election of Mr Obama and the attendant hopes that his taking office in January will spell a fundamental shift in American foreign policy, already highlighted by his renewed promises to close Guantanamo Bay and begin the troop withdrawal from Iraq.


The message sought, however, to address Muslims around the world as much as it did the United States, seeking to warn them against being lulled into the belief that, by electing Mr Obama, America was changing policy direction or altering its attitudes to the rest of the world.

The truth is that the invasion of Iraq and the establishment of places like Guantanamo Bay have been al Qaeda's greatest recruitment tool, as both were so blatantly unfair and unjust that they enraged Muslims and sent them towards al Qaeda in droves.

Obama plans to end the war in Iraq and close Guantanamo Bay. That noise you hear from Ayman al-Zawahiri is the noise of someone who realises that the good old days of Bush and stupid US policies is coming to an end.

In truth, al-Zawahari would have much preferred a John McCain presidency where the continuation of Bush's insane foreign policy would have guaranteed a steady line of recruits at al Qaeda's door.

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