Al-Queda No. 2 Attacks President-Elect
According to USA Today, an 11-minute video released Wednesday on Al-Jazzera television, shows a subtitled message from Al-Queda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, where he addresses the election of Barack Obama to the highest government post, referring to Obama as a "house slave" for white hegemony.
The video makes reference to the Nov. 5th U.S. bombing in Pakistan, which gives a loose timetable for the messages creation. The fact that the video was just released, almost two weeks since the election, has many critics speculating that Al-Queda fear that Obama will be viewed positively by less radical muslims (Obama's father was Muslim).
As reported by the Washington Post :"Zawahiri and others in al-Qaeda recognize that Obama has a certain appeal, not just to Americans but to people in the developing world," said Evan F. Kohlmann, a terrorism analyst and senior investigator for the Nine/Eleven Finding Answers Foundation. "They feel a need to dampen this sense and enthusiasm and excitement for Obama."
Zawahiri, 57, continued to berate Obama and other African figures in U.S. government, including Colin Powell and Condolezza Rice, with negative comparisons to bygone Muslim figure, Malcolm X. Stating that Obama, and others like him, represent essentially what Malcolm X meant when he coined "house negro."
Additionally, Zawahiri stated that Obama's presidential victory represents the failures of the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, to date. He continues by backhandedly goading Obama to continue similar foreign policy in the wake of America's middle-east mistakes.
"If you still want to be stubborn about America's failure in Afghanistan, then remember the fate of Bush and Pervez Musharraf, and the fate of the Soviets and British before them," Zawahiri said, referring to the former president of Pakistan, who resigned under pressure this year. "And be aware that the dogs of Afghanistan have found the flesh of your soldiers to be delicious, so send thousands after thousands to them."
Obama has made it evident that he fully intends to transfer forces from Iraq and put more pressure on the Al-Queda factions within Pakistan, where it is believed that Zawahiri is hiding.