Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Al-Zawahri vs Obama

Sounding a bit like Jesse Jackson in a bumptious mood, Ayman al-Zawahri, Tonto to Osama bin Ladin’s Lone Ranger, has pulled out all the stops and called President-elect Barack Obama a “house negro.”

The reclusive second in command at al-Quaeda, using the Arab term “"abeed al-beit," which literally means “house slave,” sliced into his latest missive shots of Malcolm X fulminating against black leaders who had failed to standup to whites, according to an Associated Press report written by Maamoun Youssef and Lee Heath:

“The 11-minute 23-second video features the audio message by al-Zawahri, who appears only in a still image, along with other images, including one of Obama wearing a Jewish skullcap as he meets with Jewish leaders. In his speech, al-Zawahri refers to a Nov. 5 U.S. air strike attack in Afghanistan, meaning the video was made after that date.

“Al-Zawahri said Obama's election has not changed American policies he said are aimed at oppressing Muslims and others.

"’America has put on a new face, but its heart full of hate, mind drowning in greed, and spirit which spreads evil, murder, repression and despotism continue to be the same as always,’ the deputy of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden said.

“He said Obama's plan to shift troops to Afghanistan is doomed to failure, because Afghans will resist.

"’Be aware that the dogs of Afghanistan have found the flesh of your soldiers to be delicious, so send thousands after thousands to them,’ he said.”

Apparently it was trip to Israel and his professed support for the beleaguered democracy that ticked Tonto off. Obama wore a skullcap during his trip that, said Tonto, “confirmed to the Ummah (Islamic world) that you have chosen a stance of hostility to Islam and Muslims.”

Obama, of course, is used to this sort of rhetoric, having been tried in the crucible of Chicago politics. The dogs in Afghanistan who find the flesh of US soldiers sweet have a lot to learn about Chicago politics.

Live and learn.

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