One of the many conspiracies that ran throughout the election was that Barack Obama was secretly a Muslim. Apparently a "sleeper" agent dating back to time he spent as a kid in Indonesia all set to do ruination to America — somehow — once elected president. Personally, I think 40-some years is a long time to be undercover on the off chance you might one day get elected to the highest office in the land. I guess the theorist would chalk that up merely to Obama's hard-core radical dedication to the cause.
But, finally, we have proof that Obama is in fact not a sleeper agent. And it comes from the most reliable of sources: al-Qaida's No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
In a posting on terrorist Web sites, Zawahiri calls Obama — according to the translation — a "house Negro" in the vein of Bushies Condi Rice and Colin Powell.
It should be noted that such a view is really more liberal than radical, as any number of lefties have used similar derogatory terms to refer to Rice and Powell. Most famously, it echoes entertainer Harry Belafonte, who used the slur in reference to Powell.
Be that as it may...
In speaking of Obama and his lack of "real" blackness, Zawahiri says Obama is "the direct opposite of honorable black Americans," such as Malcolm X. Presumably, Zawahiri makes this comparison based on Malcolm X's fiery accusations of the "white man" being little more than the devil incarnate when Malcolm X was a Nation of Islam Temple leader.
However, what Zawahiri failed to note is Malcolm X's transformative pilgrimage to Mecca, where he saw Muslims of all ethnicities and came to realize it's individuals who are good or bad, not races. Malcolm X believed, as well, that Islam as a faith could transcend racial prejudice.
Of course, facts tend to take the punch out of a good hate rant and are therefore left best unsaid.
At any rate, thanks to Zawahiri we can put to rest the Obama's-a-Muslim rap. As if, in a land of religious freedom, his faith should matter to begin with.