Indeed, Obama has apparently long held the view that the global jihad could be bought off and ended with various economic perks and negotiated concessions. Al-Amriki tells him here that that is not going to happen, which stands to reason since he and others like him are fighting for religious motives that will never be satisfied by money or political concessions. But it is unlikely that Obama, or the learned analysts, will consider this possibility and formulate any strategies to deal with it.
“Al Qaeda-Linked American Terrorist Condemns, Mocks Obama in New Audio Tape,” by Mike Levine and Catherine Herridge for FoxNews, July 9 (thanks to all who sent this in):
An American who left the United States to join an Al Qaeda-linked group in Somalia is strongly condemning President Obama’s efforts to seek “a new beginning” with the Muslim world, mocking Obama’s “magic of charisma” and warning of more attacks against U.S. interests.
“Despite the fact that you have been … forced [by Muslim fighters] to at least pretend to extend your hand in peace to the Muslims, we cannot and shall not extend our hands,” said the man in the audiotape, identified by the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) as Abu Mansour al-Amriki. “Rather, we shall extend to you our swords, until you leave our lands.”
The 20-minute audiotape, called “The Beginning of the End,” was posted Thursday on several jihadist web sites as a direct response to Obama’s much-publicized speech in Cairo on June 4, when he promised “a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.”
“Let this not come as a surprise to those who are mesmerized by Obama’s speech in Cairo, our positions … have not changed in the least,” al-Amriki said, in the transcription provided by MEMRI. “If we study his words carefully, we can note very clearly that this new beginning is still heavily based upon American interests “¦ [Obama spoke] not because he loves the Muslims he lived with in Indonesia, as a boy, but rather, it is because the only way to defeat the Muslims is by distracting them with this temporary life.”
Al-Amriki, speaking in English throughout the audio tape, also said Obama’s speechwriters made “one major miscalculation.”
“A Muslim doesn’t look to peace, security, education, work, or the love of any other number of things as his ultimate goals,” al-Amriki said. “Instead, a Muslim is always working and striving to please the one true Creator.”…
“As you have presented to us a new beginning, we reply by saying that by the permission of Allah, this beginning is … the beginning of the end “” the end of the tyranny and oppression so common to America,” al-Amriki said. “This is the cause of the entire Muslim [world], and it is being carried even by those who are considered legal citizens of your own country, according to your own laws.”…
“As far as your claims with regard to improving some of the policies of Bush,” al-Amriki said, “you are claiming that Guantanamo Bay will be closed down early next year. We won’t be satisfied until all the Guantanamos … around the world have been closed, and all of the Muslim prisoners “” male and female “” have been released. You claim that you will fully pull out all of your troops from Iraq by 2012. We won’t be satisfied until you pull out all of your troops from all of the Muslim lands.”…
Speaking about one man killed in the fight, al-Amriki said in the video, “We want to inform his family that he was one of the best brothers here. … We need more like him, so if you can encourage more of your children and more of your neighbors, anyone around, to send people like him to this jihad it would be a great asset for us.”