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Official Al Qaeda Statement: Humiliate the Republicans

Posted by vmsalama on October 31, 2008

Al Qaeda has finally made an official statement of policy regarding the 2008 US elections, and it is a ringing “anti-endorsement” for the Republican Party. 

The “anti-endorsement”, posted on the jihadist forums a week before the Election Day 2008, was included towards the end of the message. The message, from Al Qaeda leader (and Bagram prison escapee) Abu Yahya al Libi, was a Khutba or sermon delivered in honor of the Eid al Fitre holiday. 

Unlike 2004, when Bin Laden referenced both candidates by name, but refrained from actually endorsing either, Al Libi specifically calls for the wrath of Allah to be brought down upon the Republicans. 

The message is more of a “vote against” message calling for the party of Bush to be humiliated, rather than a “vote for” message promoting Obama and the Democrats: 

Oh Allah, Lord of mankind, humiliate Bush and his party! 

Oh, Allah, degrade and defy him! 

Oh Allah, Lord of mankind, defy him!

Oh Allah, make him live a day like the day Pharoah, Haman, and Qarun experienced, making him an example… 

Comments about the election have been few and far between on the jihadist forums and in message from Al Qaeda leadership this year. This is a sharp contrast to the 2004 election, when discussion about candidates Bush and Kerry began months in advance of Election Day, and culminated in an official As Sahab release of a video tape from Osama bin Laden. 

In a video released just 4 days before Election Day 2004, Bin Laden said: 

Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or Al-Qa’ida. 
Your security is in your own hands” 

At this point, it is not known whether or not Bin Laden will comment on the 2008 US Presidential Election. With just days to go before the election, we’ll know soon whether or not Bin Laden will make a 
statement. 

In the meantime, it appears obvious from Al Libi’s statement that Al Qaeda is not supporting the Republicans.

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