Shortly after it was announced that the long-time al Qaeda ‘Number 2’ had been named the international terrorist organization’s new leader, accusations of tampering, voter fraud, and illegal campaign contributions put a damper on the planned celebration festivities, scheduled to include a spectacular fireworks display set off by an ISI-supplied suicide ice-cream truck driving into a Pakistan Army ammunition depot.
Some of the more serious allegations came from Yemen, where supporters of Anwar al-Awlaki complained that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of absentee ballots were not counted, and accused Zawahiri supporters of trying to rig the election against their candidate because he was born, and until 2002 lived, in the United States. Said one Awlaki supporter, “There’s no room for anti-American prejudice in al Qaeda politics.”
According to election official Mustafa al Fiislamaj-Amah, who coincidentally once lived in Houston, Texas, the allegations regarding the absentee ballots are misguided.
“We did have a large number of absentee ballots, believed to have come from Yemen, that were declared invalid because they were not postmarked by the required date. In fact, most were not postmarked at all,” Fiislamaj-Amah told Fox News. “They should have thought of that before blowing up Sanaa’s (the Yemeni capital’s) main post office.”
He went on to add, “Personally, I think this is simply a case of ‘sour figs’ on the part of Awlaki’s supporters. I honestly don’t think counting those ballots would have changed the outcome. We need to be honest with ourselves – while people, myself included, like Anwar personally, and certainly appreciate his contributions to jihad, the simple truth of the matter is that al Qaeda is no more ready for an American leader than the American right wing is ready for a Black President.” Continue reading Fraud Allegations Taint al-Zawahiri Victory