Not that he is endorsing any party, Reuters hastens to assure us. “Qaeda wants Republicans, Bush “humiliated”: Web video,” from Reuters, October 30 (thanks to Sr. Soph):
DUBAI (Reuters) – An al Qaeda leader has called for President George W. Bush and the Republicans to be “humiliated,” without endorsing a party in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, according to an Internet video posting.
“O God, humiliate Bush and his party, O Lord of the Worlds, degrade and defy him,” Abu Yahya al-Libi said at the end of sermon marking the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr, in a video posted on the Internet.
Libi, a top al Qaeda commander believed to be living in Afghanistan or Pakistan, called for God’s wrath to be brought against Bush equating him with past tyrants in history.
The remarks were the first from a leading al Qaeda figure referring, albeit indirectly, to the U.S. elections. Muslim clerics often end sermons by calling on God to guide and support Muslims and help defeat their enemies….
Funny thing. Now, why is that? Reuters doesn’t tell us, of course, about the sharp division between the believers — the “best of people” (Qur’an 3:110) — and the unbelievers — the “most vile of created beings” (Qur’an 98:6) — that runs through Islam. Nor does it discuss the geopolitical and supremacist implications of these prayers for the “defeat” of their enemies.
Some posters have also argued over the merits of trying to attack the United States before the election or waiting until later, the report said….
And indeed, although of course there still are a few days left, those who have counseled that it is best not to mount a violent jihad attack against the U.S. before the election seem to have won out.
Republican presidential nominee John McCain has been portrayed as likely to allow “the continuation of Republican control and aggressive policies toward the Islamic world.”