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Elspeth
11-08-2008, 12:35 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/08/world/middleeast/08jihadi.html?ref=politics


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The leader of a jihadi group in Iraq argued Friday that the election of Barack Obama as president represented a victory for radical Islamic groups that had battled American forces since the invasion of Iraq.

The statement, which experts said was part of the psychological duel with the United States, was included in a 25-minute audiotaped speech by Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella organization that claims ties to Al Qaeda. Mr. Baghdadi’s statement was posted on a password-protected Web site called Al Hesbah, used to disseminate information to Islamic radicals.

In his address, Mr. Baghdadi also said that the election of Mr. Obama — and the rejection of the Republican candidate, Senator John McCain — was a victory for his movement, a claim that has already begun to resonate among the radical faithful. In so doing Mr. Baghdadi highlighted the challenge the new president would face as he weighed how to remove troops from Iraq without also giving movements like Al Qaeda a powerful propaganda tool to use for recruiting.

“And the other truth that politicians are embarrassed to admit,” Mr. Baghdadi said, “is that their unjust war on the houses of Islam, with its heavy and successive losses and the continuous operations of exhaustion of your power and your economy, were the principal cause of the collapse of the economic giant.”

The audio statement came amid a very public discussion in the Middle East over what Mr. Obama’s election meant for the future — and what it said about the past. Most of the public reaction, in newspapers and on television and radio stations, was euphoric, with many commentators marveling at the election of a black man whose father was from a Muslim family. There was a general assessment that Mr. Obama’s election was a repudiation of the course taken by President Bush and his inner circle over the past eight years...

More at the link, including one Arab newspaper that says: “It would be no exaggeration to say that we Arabs and Muslims were the main unseen voters who decided the outcome of these elections.”

Fun, fun fun. :D

BadCat
11-08-2008, 12:38 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/08/world/middleeast/08jihadi.html?ref=politics



More at the link, including one Arab newspaper that says: “It would be no exaggeration to say that we Arabs and Muslims were the main unseen voters who decided the outcome of these elections.”

Fun, fun fun. :D

Like we couldn't have guessed that was coming?

lacarnut
11-08-2008, 01:03 PM
We will see how long it takes for these radicals to blow up something in the US or abroad after their chosen one takes office. I would bet it will happen within a year. Most of our troops will be out of Iraq but that will not matter to these heathens.

wulfpaw
11-08-2008, 07:39 PM
But but, I thought they endorsed McCain.. http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/499980/bawling.gif http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-11/499980/chuga40.gif