Al Qaeda No. 2 Blasts Obama Over Gaza - In Record Time
Osama Bin Laden’s top thug on Tuesday blamed President-elect Barack Obama for Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza.
“These raids are Obama’s gift to you before he takes office,” Ayman al-Zawahiri said in a taped 10-minute speech to Muslims.
“This is Obama whom the American machine of lies tried to portray as the rescuer who will change the policy of America,” Zawahiri says in the tape, according to a SITE Intelligence Group translation. “He kills [Palestinian] brothers and sisters in Gaza mercilessly and without affection.”
Apparently Zawahiri hadn’t heard Obama hasn’t even been sworn in yet, or assumed he exercised power once elected.
The tape released to jihadist Web sites by Al Qaeda’s propaganda wing As-Sahab was also extraordinary because of how fast Zawahiri was able to produce it. The Egyptian doctor-turned-terrorist - who top U.S. spies suspect has the protection of rogue Pakistani government officials - appears to refer to Israel’s Gaza invasion that began only three days earlier, on January 3.
“These days, the Israeli raids continue on Gaza. They kill and injure hundreds,” he says in the new tape.
Previously, the fastest Zawahiri ever commented on a news event was seven days later, such as his taped tirade against the Pakistani government’s siege of the Red Mosque in July 2007 and its humiliation of one of the revolt’s leaders who was caught on camera trying to escape dressed in a burka. Zawahiri’s ability to monitor breaking news and quickly distribute his rants in response should leave fresh doubts that the man with a $25 million bounty on his head is really on the run.
“I swear by Allah the Great … neither America nor those who live in America will dream of security until we live it on the ground in Palestine,” Zawahiri pledged yesterday.