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Why al Qaida went after Obama

The jihadists &ldquo;are clearly worried about the symbolic power of an Obama presidency,&rdquo; said Cynthia Tucker<em> </em>in <em>The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,</em> and<em> </em>"they know

Cynthia TuckerThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It’s now official: Al Qaida is panicked about Barack Obama, said Cynthia Tucker. In a vicious video released last week, Osama bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, denounced Obama as a “house Negro” doing the work of his white masters. The video included photos of Obama wearing a yarmulke in Jerusalem, meant to depict him as a tool of the Jews, and therefore not a friend of Muslims. While it’s a bit off-putting to have a terrorist hurling racist insults at our new president, the video is actually “good news”: The jihadists “are clearly worried about the symbolic power of an Obama presidency.” Al Qaida’s recruiting pitch has always depicted America as an imperialist, anti-Muslim crusader; the election of a black man with real Muslim roots badly undercuts that narrative. Obama has also vowed to end torture, restore America’s commitment to human rights, and refocus “the war on terrorism” on al Qaida itself instead of Iraq, while putting new emphasis on the hunt for people like al-Zawahri and bin Laden. No wonder Obama makes al Qaida nervous. “They know he’ll fight both the propaganda war and the shooting war a lot better than Bush ever did.”

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