Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Al-Zawahri insults President Obama 

Ayman al-Zawahri, the number two leader of al-Qaida, evidently has not received the memo stating that President Obama is a citizen of the world, and that his administration has started a new era in which all citizens of the world, including all Muslims, love the United States.

In an audio message posted on a radical Islamist website, al-Zawahri said:
"His bloody messages were received and are still being received by Muslims, and they will not be concealed by public relations campaigns or by farcical visits or elegant words..."

"...[Obama is] that criminal who came seeking, with deception, to obtain what he failed to achieve in the field after the mujahideen ruined the project of the crusader America in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia..."

"...The White House said that Obama will send a message from Egypt to the Islamic world, but they forgot that his messages have already been received by the Islamic world when he visited the Wailing Wall, put on his head the Jew's cap and prayed their prayers, though he claims to be Christian."
The good news is that according to the AP piece citing the AQ quotes above, "some analysts believe [this] indicates the terrorist organization is worried [President Obama] will be effective in improving the U.S. image in the Muslim world." While I think it would be a very good thing if some of the edge was taken of off the attitude of many Muslims toward the U.S., I just can't quite imagine al-Zawahri and his colleagues staying up late at night in caves or huts in the FATA region of Pakistan clutching their worry beads.

UPDATE: Osama bin Laden has chimed in, and has "threatened Americans in a new audio tape Wednesday, saying President Barack Obama inflamed hatred toward the U.S. by ordering Pakistan to crack down on militants in Swat Valley and block Islamic law there." That's strong language -- "inflamed hatred." Osama must really be upset about the preventative detention measures that President Obama announced last month. Oh wait, no, that was Rachel Maddow, I have them confused.

UPDATE #2: As commenter MAS1916 references, President Obama told France's Canal+ in an interview that "les Etats-Unis sont l’un des plus grands pays musulmans" (the United States is one of the largest Muslim countries). Roger L. Simon has the facts and figures that, um, clarify this assertion.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Jun 03, 08:45:00 AM:

Because we all know that Al Qaeda never insulted George Bush.  

By Blogger Christopher Chambers, at Wed Jun 03, 12:06:00 PM:

Extremists don't like intelligent people stepping into a situation. They love other extremists. Easier to organize, mobilize, engage in baiting and fear mongering. Who is Osama without say, Dick Cheney/W., or Hammas without lunatic Jewish settlers, Cripps without Bloods...Yanks without Sox, Affirmed without Alydar? A new variable, showing them a reasoned path, it terribly inconvenient.

So yeah, they will get testy about Barack.

BTW, when TH comes back ask him what the heck happened at Princeton today. Armed gunman at Dodd Hall? I know it's de rigeur for righties to take up arms and kill folks, from cops to ex wives to abortion docs, as part of the general derangement syndrome (with Tom Tancredo issuing fatwas on minorities and such), but not at the ol alma mater. Well the early warning system worked; suspect taken into custody. I'd joked with him offline if the honorary degree recipients at graduation passed wingnut muster (ie Ruby Dee, Meryl Streep among them). He said no...maybe...but he wasn't sure what had been percolating in the righty universe as of late. Damned if i thought this was some jerk's delayed response to that very question. Recent acts say nothing's precluded...


By Blogger Escort81, at Wed Jun 03, 12:38:00 PM:

"They love other extremists. Easier to organize, mobilize, engage in baiting and fear mongering."

There is a certain simple elegance to that kind of Newtonian physics interpretation of conflict (equal and opposite reactions and such), but you would then have to include President Clinton in your group of "extremists," since the embassy bombings, the Cole bombing and most of the planning for 9/11 was done under his watch. Thankfully, the only extreme thing that Clinton was into was extreme sex (NTTAWWT, but preferably not around the Oval Office with an intern).

Thanks for the link, and, yes, it is not real bright to carry around even a toy weapon on campus. I would probably still be serving time if we had been caught with the "funnelator," launching water balloons with our target point being the bottom of the steps of Blair Arch.  

By Anonymous MAS1916, at Wed Jun 03, 12:51:00 PM:

Obama really is at a loss to figure out what these people really want. Obama hasn't gotten the message that He is to convert America to Islam and help wipe out the state of Israel. Then the radical Muslim extremists will view America more favorably.

Obama is heading out on his latest Apology Tour though, in an attempt to make those that would kill us, less inclined to do so. ( for a list of the more silly Obama objectives for this trip, you can view: http://firstconservative.com/blog/political-humor/political-humor-obama-abroad )

After declaring that the US could be considered the largest Muslim nation, Obama has already hurt any credibility He had in the Muslim world.  

By Blogger JPMcT, at Wed Jun 03, 03:07:00 PM:

America is the largest Muslim nation?

Does BO think that Muslims are as syncophantic and as incapable of rational, analytical thought as his own Democrat base?

I guess the Obamatuer is just preening for the moment when he can hold up four fingers and we all will see five!!!

Truly surreal!  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Jun 04, 10:12:00 AM:

Ah, but did he know he'd been insulted. There's the rub.  

By Blogger Gary Rosen, at Fri Jun 05, 03:45:00 AM:

"I know it's de rigeur for righties to take up arms and kill folks"

So I guess that was a right-wing Muslim who murdered William Long, eh? He's still a non-person in Chrissy's universe.  

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