Sep 29 2009
I agree, but not for the same reason. Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command branded US President Barack Obama a criminal who turns a blind eye to the expansion of Israeli settlements, in an audiotape broadcast by Al-Jazeera television on Monday.
“Have we realised the truth of Obama the criminal, or do we still need more crimes to be carried out in Kabul, Baghdad, Mogadishu and Gaza to be sure of his criminality?” Ayman al-Zawahiri asked.
“Have we realised the lowliness of America under the leadership of the smiling and wooing Obama?” (He’s got that part right) he asked in the recording which could not be immediately authenticated.
Zawahiri accused the US president of showing little interest in curbing the growth of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, while at the same time forcing Arab leaders to make further concessions to Israel. (That is so not true. Only Israel is being asked to make concessions)
“Obama leaves the settlements spread in the West Bank and around Jerusalem, showing little remorse, while he presses the surrendering (Arab) rulers to give in further,” he charged.
Egypt-born Zawahiri, the right-hand man of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, was speaking in a recording released to praise the former leader of Pakistan’s Taliban who is believed to have been killed in a US attack in August.
Zawahiri eulogised Baitullah Mehsud in the 28-minute statement, reported IntelCenter, a US-based group which monitors Islamist websites. US and Pakistani officials said Mehsud had most probably died after a missile attack by an American drone in August.