Al-Qaeda greets Obama victory with an insult
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Dubai, Nov 20, IRNA
In Al Qaeda's first response to the American election, Osama bin Laden's top deputy condemned President-elect Barack Obama as a "house Negro" who will continue a campaign against Islam begun by President George W. Bush.
Appealing to the "weak and oppressed" around the world, Ayman al Zawahiri sought in a video to dampen enthusiasm for Obama's election around the globe by saying that the "new face" of America only masked a "heart full of hate."
The Al Qaeda leader described the victory by Obama, who has called for a troop withdrawal from Iraq, as the American people's "admission of defeat in Iraq."
But he warned the president-elect that the United States risked a reprise of the Soviet Union's failures in Afghanistan if Obama followed through on pledges to deploy thousands more troops to the country.
And in a blunt personal attack on the new president, Zawahiri painted Obama as a hypocrite and traitor to his race, unfavorably comparing him to "honorable black Americans" like Malcolm X, the 1960s black Muslim leader.
The Qaeda video drew extensively on archival footage of Malcolm X, and much of the message juxtaposes a still picture of Obama wearing a yarmulke during a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem with a photo of Malcolm X kneeling in prayer at a mosque.
The video shows Malcolm X speaking about the docile "house Negro," who he said "always looked out for his master," and the "field Negro," who was abused by whites and was more rebellious.
The video by Zawahiri, an Egyptian physician who has long been al-Qaeda's second-ranking operative, contains no specific warning of an attack against the United States.
But the Qaeda leader tells his followers that America "continues to be the same as ever, so we must continue to harm it, in order for it to come to its senses."
The message on the video, bearing the logo of As Sahab, al-Qaeda's media arm, appears to be read by a younger man than Zawahiri.
But American officials said they believed that the video was authentic.
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