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Ayman al-Zawahri, al Qaeda's #2 man, insulted President elect Barack Obama.

The message appeared chiefly aimed at persuading Muslims and Arabs that Obama does not represent a change in U.S. policies. Ayman al-Zawahri said in the message, which appeared on militant Web sites, that Obama is "the direct opposite of honorable black Americans" like Malcolm X, the 1960s African-American rights leader.

In al-Qaida's first response to Obama's victory, al-Zawahri also called the president-elect--along with secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice--"house negroes."

Speaking in Arabic, al-Zawahri uses the term "abeed al-beit," which literally translates as "house slaves." But al-Qaida supplied English subtitles of his speech that included the translation as "house negroes."

The message also includes old footage of speeches by Malcolm X in which he explains the term, saying black slaves who worked in their white masters' house were more servile than those who worked in the fields. Malcolm X used the term to criticize black leaders he accused of not standing up to whites.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the latest message was just "more despicable comments from a terrorist."

James Joyner at OTB writes-

Despicable, indeed. Comments like this lead to insensitive behavior. Shame, shame al Qaeda.
Ayman al-Zawahri will be in for a real grilling at his next press conference. Maybe he'll go into some rehab clinic. Otherwise his poll numbers are liable to drop.

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Comments (16)

But, but, but, wasnt Faux-b... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

But, but, but, wasnt Faux-bama's change and hope, hope and change sposed to make everything all better?

I guess the Ayers' will hav... (Below threshold)
hermie:

I guess the Ayers' will have to car pool with somebody else now for the Inaugural Ball.

It is World Toilet Day........ (Below threshold)

It is World Toilet Day..... so it is just but fitting that a stinker comes along in time for the flushing.....

Anyone remember Colin Powel... (Below threshold)

Anyone remember Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice "house slaves?"

Gee, another example of terrorists picking up on and repeating Democratic talking points...

J.

What kind of "Negro's" are ... (Below threshold)
plainslow:

What kind of "Negro's" are the Arab Muslims killing in Darfur?

I am shocked the muslim wor... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I am shocked the muslim world view is still wanting us dead. I thought only republicans. ww

Maybe camel jockey Al zawah... (Below threshold)
914:

Maybe camel jockey Al zawahiri is looking for some "house negroes" to clean His cave..

Hate crime! hate crime! hate crime!

Did a heck of a job Bush.</... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

Did a heck of a job Bush.


"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him."
- G.W. Bush, 9/13/01

"I want justice...There's an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,'"
- G.W. Bush, 9/17/01, UPI

"...Secondly, he is not escaping us. This is a guy, who, three months ago, was in control of a county [sic]. Now he's maybe in control of a cave. He's on the run. Listen, a while ago I said to the American people, our objective is more than bin Laden. But one of the things for certain is we're going to get him running and keep him running, and bring him to justice. And that's what's happening. He's on the run, if he's running at all. So we don't know whether he's in cave with the door shut, or a cave with the door open -- we just don't know...."
- Bush, in remarks in a Press Availablity with the Press Travel Pool,
The Prairie Chapel Ranch, Crawford TX, 12/28/01, as reported on
official White House site

Perhaps now the liberals wi... (Below threshold)
Proud Kaffir:

Perhaps now the liberals will finally get worked up against Al Qaeda. He did insult their Prophet, The One.

Dr. Lava, just for you we'l... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Dr. Lava, just for you we'll start an official "Osama Still At Large" countdown, beginning Jan. 21, 2009. Because then, Osama will be your target.

Well maybe someone on the l... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

Well maybe someone on the left will finally get it. It does matter if your black, white, Christian atheists yellow brown. The base hates AMERICANS period full stop. So you can have a Marxist Biracial President who lived in Muslim country and it will not matter. On the right most of us got the memeo they HATE US and want us dead, maybe some on the left will get a clue.

it goes to show.... al quae... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

it goes to show.... al quaeda is more interested in keeping americans incited, and in prolonging the large-scale war for as long as possible. as long as we have hundreds of thousands of people tied up in iraq, the terrorists can rest assured they have done their real job properly

bu$h is a wet dream for terrorists

To the Muslim extremists, O... (Below threshold)

To the Muslim extremists, Obama is apostate. He was, a long time ago granted, in a Muslim school being educated in a Muslim tradition, and he turned his back on them. Did anyone really expect them to welcome him with open arms?

"bu$h is a wet dream for... (Below threshold)

"bu$h is a wet dream for terrorists"

In case you didn't notice, Zawahiri's message was not about "bu$h". It was about Obama. It appears to me that "bu$h" is YOUR wet dream; one you don't seem to be able to wake from.

A racial slur directed towa... (Below threshold)

A racial slur directed towards our President-Elect is probably not the best way to get invited to those face-to-face meetings "without pre-conditions" that Obama promised.

more like americas nightmar... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

more like americas nightmare, and yes they have woken up

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