Ayman al Zawahiri, Al Qaeda’s second in command, commanded centre stage last week despite western media’s attempt to play down his denouncement of Barack Obama and his Afghanistan war plans.
Time.com, for an example, said: “ …Ayman al-Zawahiri trash-talking Barack Obama ought to be a footnote, not a major story. ”
Of course, this quote came from a major story about al Zawahiri’s statements (go figure). What’s interesting is Time’s characterization of the terrorist organization that breached the defenses of the world’s last superpower in order to deliver NineEleven, and the news centre’s interpretation of Al Qaeda’s devastating success: “…bin Laden and Zawahiri led a tiny band of jihadist conspirators who got spectacularly lucky with a terror attack on U.S. soil…”
A small gang of zealots got lucky.
Now they tell us.
Rubbish, of course, from Time.com, but trash-talk of this kind from the media can be quite deceptive, not to mention detrimental to naïve westerners.
For, what evidence is there that Al Qaeda makes idle threats, or is a spent force?
On the contrary, their audacious feat and the fact that they still exist in spite of the onslaught of America’s “war on terror” is enough proof of the organisation’s grim resolve, and resourcefulness.
That the media sought to minimize the importance of Al Qaeda’s first direct response to Barack Obama’s victory, that it portrayed the terrorist organization as an impotent entity, and the fact that the worst foreign attack on U.S. soil through a sophisticated, meticulous operation is now deemed the product of mere chance are all pretty good reasons to start worrying now.
Complaining about media coverage of al Zawahiri’s warnings, Time magazine blurted: “Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden have got to be cackling to themselves over just how easy it is to remain the preeminent bogeymen of the U.S. national conversation…”.
Actually, Osama and company must be smiling to themselves over how helpful the American media can be in lulling the populace into a false sense of security.
And, in this regard, they really are spectacularly lucky.