"A new statement by Al Qaeda’s deputy leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, using a racial slur to attack President-elect Barack Obama as well as other high-level black Americans, has shocked the incoming administration. Osama bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri are well known for their hate-filled diatribes against America, regularly released on Al Qaeda-controlled websites around the world. Yesterday’s statement was more of the same. But this was the first official statement since Barack Obama’s election, and what stood out in it was the personal, hate-filled remarks aimed directly at the president-elect.
Al-Zawahiri tells our soon-to-be president that he is a traitor. Here are Al-Zawahiri’s words: “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 a Christian, in order to climb the rungs of leadership in America.” Then, Al-Zawahiri plays the race card.
Over the years, one of the worst charges that could be made against an African American is to call him an “Oreo” (black on the outside, white on the inside) or a “house negro.” The latter phrase refers to an idea popularized by 60s black radical Malcolm X, suggesting that during the shameful era of slavery, blacks working in the homes of their masters were more passive and servile to their bondage than the slaves forced to work in the fields. Over the years, the phrase “house negro” has become a stinging rebuke to the manhood of any black man.
The thug and murderer Al-Zawahiri threw the rhetorical bomb this way: “And in you [President-elect Obama] and in Colin Powell, Rice [Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice] and your likes, the words of Malcolm X concerning House Negros are confirmed.”
As disgusting as Al-Zawahiri’s diatribe and racism are, there may be a silver lining in his racist attack on the incoming president. On the political Left, many Americans, including our new president, have convinced themselves that an approach toward our enemies that relies less on confrontation and more on negotiations and diplomacy will bring a better hope for peace. Many liberals in the media have suggested that our enemies don’t hate the American people, they just despise our foreign policy.
We have argued that this enemy – whether it’s Al Qaeda or Ahmadinejad’s Iran – has no interest in talking unless it is to work out the details of our surrender. And, in fact, they do hate and despise us for who we are. They reject free elections, religious and racial tolerance, equality for women – everything that defines Western Civilization.
There has also been a temptation on the Left to think that if we could just stop being pro-Israel and give the Palestinians a state, the conflict with Islamofascism would end. Wrong again. Al-Zawahiri mentions Jews once in his diatribe. He doesn’t mention the Palestinians at all. There is no doubt that he and the rest of the jihadists want a second Holocaust of the Jews. But that would only whet their appetite. They want us all dead – Jews, Christians, moderate Muslims – anyone who believes in human dignity and freedom.
Is it too much to hope that Al-Zawahiri’s “welcome” to President-elect Obama will be a reality check for the American Left and for the incoming administration? Will they finally understand that we have not been at war for seven years because of oil or Halliburton or because we have a “Texas cowboy” in the White House? Having a Chicago progressive in the Oval Office won’t deter our enemies either. I hope and pray Al-Zawahiri has started a long overdue education for millions of Americans on the Left.
America has been deeply divided over how to deal with our enemies. Every strategy President Bush has come up with to defend our homeland and win this war has been opposed by the “loyal opposition” in Congress and in the media. Our divisions have encouraged our enemies and have made it harder to prosecute the war.
As frustrating as that has been, if President-elect Obama and the Left finally come to understand that we must win in Iraq, Afghanistan and defend our homeland, I and others on the political Right will gladly close ranks and support the new president to help defend our country. We are willing to give him the support any president needs to win a war – something the political left sadly was not willing to grant to President Bush."
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