On al Qaeda’s official forum — the place where the organization typically releases its statements and other materials — the talk oddly dovetailed with the Western Internet’s penchant for pop-culture related gallows humor. One Islamist got called out by forum moderators for invoking the 1996 film Independence Day with pictures from the movie.
Some more forum comments:
User “Monster Island” wrote, “Oh God, make the hurricane crush the back of America, make the hurricane cause the collapse of the economy, companies, institutions.”
“Osama al-Assad” wrote: “God destroy them and save the Muslims who live there.”