CAIRO,Egypt (AP) – Al-Qaida 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-Qaida 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.
The White House says al-Zawahri tapes are a regular occurrence and are used as a recruiting tool. Bush officials do not normally respond to al-Zawahri tapes. But, this time they did.
The tape was released November 19, 2008 titled, “Exit of Bush and Arrival of Obama.” An English transcript was released with the tape, courtesy of IntelCenter. A portion of the tape was directed to President-Elect Obama.
al-Zawahiri said, “you have reached the position of president, and a heavy legacy of failure and crimes awaits you.” He continued, ” You represent the direct opposite of honorable black Americans like Malik al-Shabazz, or Malcolm X (may Allah have mercy on him). You were born to a Muslim father, but you chose to stand in the ranks of the enemies of the Muslims, and pray the prayer of the Jews, although you claim to be Christian, in order to climb the rungs of leadership in America.” He said, ” As for the crimes of America which await you, it appears that you continue to be captive to the same criminal American mentality towards the world and towards the Muslims. The Muslim Ummah received with extreme bitterness your hypocritical statements to and stances towards Israel, which confirmed to the Ummah that you have chosen a stance of hostility to Islam and Muslims.” He said, ” And in you and in Colin Powell, Rice and your likes, the words of Malcolm X (may Allah have mercy on him) concerning “House Negroes” are confirmed.”
What do you believe the message was meant to do? Is it a clear message that Al-Qiada is attacking the power structure of the country no matter the race of a president?