It was strange enough:
In an interview earlier today with the South African Broadcasting Corporation to air in a few hours, President Obama disparaged al Qaeda and affiliated groups' willingness to kill Africans in a manner that White House aides say was an argument that the terrorist groups are racist.
Speaking about the Uganda bombings, the president said, "What you've seen in some of the statements that have been made by these terrorist organizations is that they do not regard African life as valuable in and of itself. They see it as a potential place where you can carry out ideological battles that kill innocents without regard to long-term consequences for their short-term tactical gains."
What? Now he sees that? Would Al Qaeda be any better if they held African lives as valuable as Arab lives? Would they be better if they had more respect for the environment? They live to kill innocents for gosh sake.
But then it got even weirder. In the same article, an unnamed administration official tried to make it better by explaining:
"Al Qaeda recruits have said that al Qaeda is racist against black members from West Africa because they are only used in lower level operations."
"In short," the official said, "al Qaeda is a racist organization that treats black Africans like cannon fodder and does not value human life."
Ah-ha! so it's about jobs! Ya-hoo! Finally we've got the man focused on jobs. Step two: get him interested in jobs on our continent. Step three: expand outside of the terror industry.
If a man joins al Qaeda to do terror, I don't much care that he's paid less than other terrorists. I don't care if they make him work weekends. And I certainly don't care if he's kept from a management position due to discrimination.