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Al-Qaida No. 2 Insults Obama with Racial Epithet

Updated 2:26 p.m.
The Post's Craig Whitlock reports that this morning a leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist group issued a message insulting the new American president-elect and seeking to stir up tensions in American society by unfavorably comparing America's first black president to Malcolm X, who converted to Islam in the early 1950s while in prison:

BERLIN, Nov. 19 -- Al-Qaeda's second-in-command used a racially demeaning term to refer to President-elect Barack Obama in a videotape released Wednesday, and said Obama's election represented "the American people's admission of defeat in Iraq."

In the 11-minute video, posted on the Internet, al-Qaeda's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, repeatedly and unfavorably compared the first black U.S. president-elect to Malcolm X, the black Muslim leader and activist who was assassinated 43 years ago.

"You represent the direct opposite of honorable black Americans like Malik al-Shabazz, or Malcolm X," Zawahiri said, according to English subtitles of his Arabic remarks provided by al-Qaeda's propaganda arm. "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."

Zawahiri said Obama, Colin Powell and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "confirmed" Malcolm X's definition of a "house negro," a term the militant black leader used to describe black leaders who were subservient to white interests. He used the Arabic phrase "abeed al-beit," which literally translates as "house slaves," but the English subtitle said "house negroes."

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There is just no pleasing these people.
I thought that if we elected a president with darker, more African/Semitic
appearing features and with a name more terrorist friendly like Barack Hussein Obama they would finally be more pleased with our choice of president, but no!

What do they call our president?
House negro! This is outrageous. Al Zawahiri has been winding his turban too tight again. This is to be expected from a man who thinks that moderate muslims are apostates. Hopefully, he will die soon and go to his just reward, shoveling pig sh-t just as he has done in life.

Posted by: seemstome | November 19, 2008 8:32 PM

Oh well, there go Al Qaeda's recruiting efforts in Africa...

It'll be great to have a very intelligent POTUS who's committed to annihilating Al Qaeda. It's good that our enemy is so plainly stupid, Barack is going to beat those jerks into the ground. Six feet under.

Posted by: jrob822 | November 19, 2008 7:11 PM

If he had said something like that about chimpie, chimpie in his horrible insecurity vis-a-vis his 'poppy' would have sent another 100,000 troops to hunt in vain for OBL - while chomping on a big fat cheeseburger and talking with his mouth wide open like he does in the movie.

Posted by: Heerman532 | November 19, 2008 5:37 PM

Seriously though, Islamic fundamentalists in the U.S. do tend to vote republican. The Christian Taliban shares most of their values.

Posted by: rooster54 | November 19, 2008 3:01 PM

Zawahri must be a republican.

Posted by: rooster54 | November 19, 2008 2:56 PM

With statements like those, even the WaPo, Media Matters, and other right-thinking people everywhere might turn against them.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | November 19, 2008 1:37 PM

JohnQuimby- I'll agree on a serious note! Al-Zawahiri(Correct Spelling!-Thanks for the heads-up!), is a Criminal Mastermind.

Sorta reminds me of Darth Cheney hiding in his Hole, while quisling Bushie Runs around claiming to be Chief!

Does not change the FACT-He IS # 2!(Figuratively) ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 19, 2008 12:49 PM

The al-Qaida supplied translation called Obama a, "house negro"? Is this the best they can do? Pack up your foot locker boys, you're coming home.

The American people selected Obama to be MASTER of the house and everybody in the world knows it.

The John Quimby supplied translation goes like this: "WTF? What do we do now? This guy is more popular on the street than WE are!"

JRM2, you have it just right.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | November 19, 2008 12:22 PM

"LOL! :-D

And Obasama should just remind al-Zawahri;

He IS # 2!

-An Epithet all in itself! Just ask Joe Biden! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The |"
Saint, Al Zawahiri is no second banana, he is the brains of this operation and has a long history in militant Islamo-fascism. He is a very bright man with no scruples, he even sold out his own people for his own preservation, he has rewritten texts of Islamic scholars to suit his destructive goals.

Bin Laden is more of an organizer-financier. If I had to make a choice, I'd rather catch Zawahiri.

Posted by: JRM2 | November 19, 2008 12:03 PM

This only goes to show that Al-Qaida is growing desperate. It is typical of an organizational terrorist group to eventually abandon their ideology and move into the realm of self-preservation.

When an organizational terrorist group is waning they must find new reasons for self-preservation.

That is the business that Al-Qaida is in now, self-perpetuation.

Posted by: JRM2 | November 19, 2008 11:58 AM

LOL! :-D

And Obasama should just remind al-Zawahri;

He IS # 2!

-An Epithet all in itself! Just ask Joe Biden! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 19, 2008 11:54 AM

Ohhhhh, LOL! :-D

Leave it to the Islamic Fundi's championing Islamic Causes;

to be the first to imply we Elected:

President "Tom"! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 19, 2008 11:44 AM

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