Illinois Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has been targeted in a recent smear campaign which claims that he is a fundamentalist Muslim working for al-Qaeda in an effort to topple the US government.I wonder what makes people think his first name is so acceptable.
An inflammatory mass e-mail that is circulating in the United States and Israel lays out the anonymous author's version of Obama's background.
One of the target audiences in the campaign is clearly the American Jewish community because the e-mail has also been sent out in Hebrew.
The writer attempts to portray Obama as an al-Qaeda stooge rhetorically asking: "So who is Barack Obama?"
He answers that, Obama's stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, introduced him to Islam by registering him at a Wahhabi Muslim school or madrassa in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The writer goes on to say that "Obama's political handlers are attempting to make it appear that that he is not a radical...since it is politically expedient to be a Christian when seeking major public office in the United States. Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background."
The e-mail accuses Obama of trying to getting elected to the presidency in order to be able to destroy the US "from the inside out."
This is not the first attempt to sully the US presidential candidate's name. When he began his presidential campaign, some accused him of trying to conceal his background and the fact his middle name is Hussein.
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