Soon after the November election, al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader took stock of America's new president-elect and dismissed him with an insulting epithet. "A house Negro," Ayman al-Zawahiri said. . . .Notice the "terrorism experts" to which the Washington Post writer attributes his own sentiments. In fact, he only quotes two sources -- Georgetown lecturer Paul Pillar and SITE Institute founder Ritz Katz -- in support of his thesis.
In the weeks since, the terrorist group has unleashed a stream of verbal tirades against Barack Obama, each more venomous than the last. Obama has been called a "hypocrite," a "killer" of innocents, an "enemy of Muslims." . . .
The torrent of hateful words is part of what terrorism experts now believe is a deliberate, even desperate, propaganda campaign against a president who appears to have gotten under al-Qaeda's skin. The departure of George W. Bush deprived al-Qaeda of a polarizing American leader who reliably drove recruits and donations to the terrorist group.
Yet his thesis (that Obama's blackness somehow makes him an instant hero among Muslims) is really irrelevant to the war on terror. The anti-American and anti-Israel hatred among Hamas, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda are permanent, their raison d'etre, and the only way to make them stop fomenting hate and murder is to kill them -- or kill enough of them that the scattered survivors are unable to organize further attacks.
You cannot appease a shark.