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india Updated: Oct 23, 2008 20:50 IST

John McCain deployed two of his senior most aides to deconstruct the seeming endorsement he received from an al-Qaeda-friendly website. Barack Obama’s managers didn’t say anything, but they must have thought: “It’s about time the other side got an endorsement from hell.” The reason: over the past several months Mr Obama’s charm has reached global parts no other presidential candidate has reached — and which he would prefer it didn’t reach. A day ago, the Speaker of the Iranian Majlis, Ali Larijani, said, “We are leaning more in favour of Barack Obama.” Last heard, the Democratic Party was not lobbying Tehran to convert the lean into a full-fledged tilt.

Iran joins a long list of America’s least favourites who have seen hope in Mr Obama’s willingness to jaw-jaw rather than war-war. Fidel Castro wrote praising Mr Obama for being “progressive” and possessing “great intelligence.” Support also came from Hamas adviser Ahmed Yousef, Muammar Gaddafi and Hugo Chavez.

Which is why the Democrats must be pleased as punch when a blogger known to be close to al-Qaeda wrote that the terror group’s overall strategy of bleeding the superpower to death “requires the presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain”. So, “al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming elections.” The logic is impeccable. Only if the world voted for the American President.