al-Qaeda Rears

The AP reports that Al-Qaeda has emerged briefly to insult Barack Obama:

(CAIRO, Egypt) — Al-Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri is criticizing Barack Obama in a new message, calling him a demeaning racial term implying that the president-elect is a black American who does the bidding of whites.

Al-Zawahri says in an audio message, which appeared on militant Web sites Wednesday, that Obama is “the direct opposite of honorable black Americans” like Malcolm X. He calls Obama a “house negro.”

The audio plays over still pictures of al-Zawahri, Malcolm X praying, and Obama with Jewish leaders.

In the first public al-Qaeda comment about Obama’s electoral victory, al-Zawahri adds that Obama’s plan to shift troops to Afghanistan is doomed to failure, because Afghans will resist.

Say what al-Qaeda may, I’d rather be a “house negro” than a “cave terrorist.” Anyway, along these lines, when does al-Qaeda become the white trash of anti-American groups? Iran clearly represents the aristocracy; legitimately undermining U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf and positioning themselves to impact world oil prices certainly poses a greater threat to long term American security than does al-Qaeda. I don’t mean to suggest that 9/11 or other terrorist acts carried out in al-Qaeda’s name (AQI) aren’t loathsome or horrific, but the notion that al-Qeada represents a serious existential threat to the United States is a tad overblown.


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