An “intifada” is a “shaking off” or uprising, and the Palestinian “intifada” against Israel has resulted in the murders of countless Israeli civilians. Does Abdelbari Atwane hope for the same civil unrest in America in the coming intifada he envisions against the “slave system”?
It hardly bears remarking, but I will do it anyway: the only place in the world where there are still slaves is in the Islamic world, because of the approval the Qur’an gives to slavery. Not in the United States. But such is the self-righteous myopia of those who think the problem in the world today is America, not the jihadists.
Here is my rough-and-ready translation of the French post at the blog drzz:
The associate editor of the daily newspaper Al Quds Al Arabi, Abdelbari Atwane (the first journalist to have met Osama Bin Laden), in his lead article of November 3 considers the American elections. Under the provocative title “The Historic Intifada of Obama”, which makes reference to the Palestinian Intifada so often covered by the daily newspaper, Atwane stresses that “in the absence of a catastrophe, Obama will be elected, and the American people, through his vote, will have launched his more important Intifada”.
For Atwane, “the Americans thus give the kickoff of their historic Intifada against racism, of their revolution against sectarianism and the extreme right. A rising against the Anglo-Saxons and the slave system in general”¦ “