Al Qaeda and Obama

// November 20th, 2008 // Everything Else, Making Arab

They Love Obama

They Love Obama

The Huffington Post has an interesting article by Ilan Goldenberg analyzing what the latest Al Qaeda message means and why it was released.  If you haven’t had a chance to read or watch the latest Al Qaeda broadcast, let me tell you, it’s a doozie… (to give you an idea, Ayman al-Zawahri calls Obama a “House Negro” and then goes on to invoke Malcom X.  I don’t know if anyone happened to forward al-Zawahri the memo, but using terms like “House Negro” usually incites backlash…  especially if you’re not black, yourself).

Anyway, the article pretty much makes the argument that Al Qaeda is releasing this particular message out of fear that an Obama presidency has already started to change global perception of the United States and that the shift will no longer fuel the flames of Al Qaeda’s war against the West.

The article is a pretty decent read (if you have the time) but the quote from Pracha Kanjananont, a 29-year-old at a Bangkok Starbucks immediately got my attention…

What an inspiration. He is the first truly global US president the world has ever had. He had an Asian childhood, African parentage and has a Middle Eastern name. He is a truly global president.

Barack Hussien Obama has already started to shape the world scene in a positive direction (how he falls on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has still yet to be seen).  Does a film like Arab in America still work in Barack’s United States of America?  Or does his election deem the film unnecessary?  These are questions that I don’t have the answers for.  What do you guys think?

I don’t know, there’s still 48% of the country that voted for the other guy, terrorism is still a global concern, and Sarah Palin just got a $7 million-dollar book deal….  Maybe it is still pertinent after all.

-Nabil

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