Obama's Global Popularity Continues to Make Al Qaeda Nervous

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    By Steve Benen, Washington Monthly
    Posted on April 20, 2009, Printed on April 22, 2009
    http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/137496/

    A couple of months ago, President Obama noted that terrorist leaders "seem nervous" with the change in U.S. administrations. It seems al Qaeda leaders are intent on proving the president right.

    In the latest example, Ayman al-Zawahri has begged Muslims not to like Obama, and tried to convince his audience that Obama is practically identical to George W. Bush.

    "America came to us with a new face, with which it is trying to fool us. He is calling for change, but (he aims) to change us so that we abandon our religion and rights," Ayman al-Zawahri said in an audio recording on the website.

    Zawahri said Obama's election was an acknowledgement that Bush's policy had failed.

    "Obama did not change the image of America among Muslims...America is still killing Muslims," said the Egyptian militant leader.

    Zawahri's public-relations panic fits in nicely with the larger trend (indeed, Zawahri was similarly defensive about Obama in early February). Al Qaeda leaders were able to exploit George W. Bush's policies to recruit, expand, and raise money. The terrorist network is now in a much tougher position, not only in light of Bush's departure, but also with Barack Obama's international popularity. The very last thing al Qaeda wanted was a U.S. president who enjoys global admiration -- and that's exactly what they're responding to.

    The result is a terrorist network with panicky pleas, urging followers and potential sympathetic ears to think of Bush and Obama as one in the same -- reality notwithstanding.

    Rita Katz, who created the Site Intelligence Group, a private company that monitors jihadist communications, recently said the terrorist's hysterical rants against the president show "just how much al Qaeda is intimidated by Obama."

    Obama's Global Popularity Continues to Make Al Qaeda Nervous | PEEK | AlterNet
     
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    Sorry, but I don't buy into this. The radicals aren't going to change their thinking based on Obama. Remember, the planning for 9/11 all took place during Clinton's administration and before we had troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. To the radicals, we are still the Infidels, no matter if our president is Clinton, Bush, Obama, or Jesus himself.
     
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    Quite correct.
     
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    Quite wrong.

    If they think he is getting othe nations to include some of the Muslim nations over to our side, that would worry them. They needed someone like Bush to make everyone hate US.

    Obama is turning the table here.
     
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    Am on both sides of this one. If The Prophet plays this out as He appears to be planning, these over-juiced, illiterate, maniacs might actually start to become susceptible to counter propaganda. It was one of my greatest criticisms of Bush 43's crowd. The Prophet is in a unique position for this. We shall see.
     
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    Bush the buffoon(Bring it on!) and Cheney the Evil One were perfect for AQ.

    The photos from Abu Ghaib were the best recruiting tool AQ ever had.

    We are going to win this political war, now that the adults are back in charge.

    Imagine Americans torturing prisoners! It's unbelievable!
     
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    Some radicals won't. But the target are the ones that are not radicals but could be recruits. They are the ones who can be swayed if America is not acting like the arrogant "great satan" but standing by the principles that made America what Reagan called the shining city on the hill.

    That is one positive thing about Obama's election. We can talk all we want about how we as a nation are not racist. But the election of Obama proved it to the world. I think it moved us a little closer to being the shining city on the hill in the eyes of the world. As did things like closing Guantanamo, ending the policy of torture, and taking a less arrogant approach to other nations.

    It's ultimately a battle of ideas and ideals. American principles of democracy, human rights, equality, due process, rule of law vs. Islamic extremism. Islamic extremism has a power tool in that it can manipulate religious beliefs. But I think most admire the principles I set out. America gains when it acts in accordance with those principles; the extremists lose power. When we act inconsistently with those principles, our opponents can use that to show we are hypocritical and the principles are meaningless, and they gain.

    Even though sometimes the safer or tougher way looks otherwise, ultimately we win when we stand by what America stands for.
     
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    The site and story are an obvious joke, one its impossible to measure the popularity based on news and some photos. I do know that the people in Europe, the people I work with express indifference to doubt. They see Obama as nothing more than what he is, a Lawyer politician.

    It does not matter what the papers say, people are the same all over the world, we want nothing more than government to leave us alone and let us live.

    Maybe his popularity is popular in Kenya, at least that how the news portrays him.

    These type of stories are telling us what to think about Obama, they are designed to influence us. The motives of those who print these reports I will not pretend to know but there are going to be at least two types of people reporting, those emotionally attached meaning they believe Obama is the represenative of thier hopes, and than thier are those who are of the same idealogy, a third group will be just people trying to make money being contraversial.

    Either way, the story is propaganda, maybe it will divert our attention from Obama being a corporate puppet. Maybe they will distract from the Marxism Obama hides just below the surface.

    Maybe we are not suppose to concentrate on Obama shaking hands with a communist dictator, accepting a book that demonizes the USA, maybe the story is meant for us to forget that Obama told the latin america country we are guilty of destroying thier nations and it was not obama's fault because he was only a child, either way the story is unimportant and its a distraction from the truth.
     
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    As usual, you are the one who is wrong and they are correct. Obama isn't turning anything.

    You call Pakistan making a deal with the Taliban and telling us to piss off getting other Muslim nations over to our side?

    You're a joke.
     
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    not to mention they attacked two us embassies, killed us soliders in somalia, tried to blow up the wtc and attacked the uss cole.....
     

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