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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Surprise, surprise! Al-Qaeda is unhappy with Obama's speech (but no foul language here)

I guess it is not only Israelis (of course not all of them) who are unhappy with the President's speech. Al-Qaeda is not happy either. That must have been a surprise; probably not.

Lessons learned:
1) Not even Obama can please everyone.
2) Al-Qaeda, many Israelis and Zionists, American neo-cons, and the KKK are all in agreement on hating Obama. Interesting times.


Double blast against Obama shows strain on al Qaeda
LONDON, June 3 — A double blast from al Qaeda against Barack Obama shows the group is as worried as ever by the persuasive skills of the US president, who makes a speech to Muslims tomorrow.

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in an audio recording aired today by Al Jazeera television, said Obama had planted the seeds of “revenge and hatred” towards the United States in the Muslim world and he warned Americans to prepare for the consequences.

A day earlier, the militant network’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri urged Egyptians not to be seduced by Obama’s ‘polished words’ when he makes a major address in Cairo seeking to repair ties with the Muslim world.

For some, al Qaeda’s concerted attempt to upstage Obama is a propaganda own goal that shows its normally media-savvy operatives in disarray following the departure of Obama’s predecessor George W. Bush. They found Bush easy to stereotype as a belligerent, Muslim-hating cowboy.

“Zawahri is right to be worried,” said Edwin Bakker, a senior research fellow at the Dutch Clingendael Institute in the Hague.

“Al Qaeda partly lives on anti-Americanism and the ‘war on terror’. Now Bush has gone and been replaced by a guy who’s second name is Hussein. And they fear his speech really is going to have a positive effect.”...

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