Obama's War: The Crusade War Against Islam in GazaThere's an audio message, posted on Islamist websites:
"The speaker, identified as Ayman al-Zawahiri, addresses Muslims in Gaza. He said the violence 'is one part of a series of a crusade war against Islam and these air strikes are a gift from Obama before he takes office, and (Egyptian President) Hosni Mubarak, that traitor, is the main partner in your siege and killing.' " (CNN)
I'm not sure how this will fly, among American Muslims, and Americans in general. Ayman al-Zawahiri may be a little tone-deaf when it comes to understanding the nuances of American culture. Of course, it's possible that he doesn't care what Americans - Muslim or otherwise - think, and intended his earlier "house slave" remark for another audience.
According to the article I read, this message is intended for Muslims in Gaza. I suppose al-Zawahiri has decided that it's time to stop blaming Bush, and get an early start on blaming Obama - and "traitors" like Egypt's Mubarak - for anything that can't be blamed on the Jews.
It'll be interesting to see how blaming Obama will fly in America.
- "Ayman al-Zawahiri: The Face of Islam?"
(January 6, 2009)
- "Obama, Al Qaeda, Malcolm X, and the War on Terror"
(November 28, 2008)
- "Al Aqaeda Leader's "House Slave" Remarks Not Big Hit With American Muslims"
(November 21, 2008)
- "Al Qaeda message blames Obama, Egypt for Gaza violence"
CNN (January 7, 2009)