An young, english-speaking Jihadist who purports to be in Syria was captured on video threatening that Canada and the “American power elite” are next. He closes his exhortation with, “We are going for you, Barack Obama!”
We encourage this misguided young jihadist to pick himself up a copy of Audacity of Hope. Upon doing so, he may change his mind about good buddy Barack, who’s actually on his side:
In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific reassurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction. – Barack Obama, Audacity of Hope, p. 261
Memo to the young jihadist: Just tell Barack you’ve experienced hard stares from neighbors which has caused you to have your sense of security and belonging shaken. He will surely stand with you when the political winds shift.