Monday, May 02, 2005

Bin Missing Laden Might Break His Silence

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http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/04/26/schuster.column/

The rumors on several jihadist Web sites say a new message from Osama bin Laden is coming soon. Oh lordy. I remember him. Every time he breaks his silence things break. This is one person I never want to hear of or from but ignoring him is as dumb as ignoring a semi driving straight at you on a one way street. And you are in a Mini Cooper.

It seemed that bin Laden had re-emerged, at least as a propagandist, and that he was becoming increasingly brazen in getting his word out.

But now he's gone quiet, and at least one analyst says that could be good news.

"I don't think he's got anything to say at the moment," says Paul Eedle, a freelance journalist who began monitoring al Qaeda and Islamist Web sites before the September 11 attacks. "At least nothing that bin Laden can point to as a success."


Quick, get this "freelance journalist" to a hospital quick. He is obviously demented. No success for bin Laden? The shooting and bombings of tourists in Egypt this last week? The hotel bombing in Egypt a short while ago? The shoot outs and bombings in Saudi Arabia, one just a week ago, some hostage takings, bombings, etc deep within heavily armed compounds? Whoa. And then the very deep penetration into Sunni Iraq? 150 dead in bombings there in just one week? 15 American soldiers blown up and dead too?

With failures like this I would hate to see him do a successful terrorist attack like...the WTC attack.

Things seem to be utterly hunky dory for old bin Laden! He told us to put Bush in the WH again to facilitate more attacks and the triumph of his revolution. The broadcast of the images of Bush literally kissing and holding hands of the fat Saudi Prince helped bin Laden's cause 100%. Jihad, yippie kiyah! Ride'm, cowboy!

We are most fortunate that bin Laden likes to explain everything to us, thank you. He realizes our "experts" are clueless so like a nice man, he gives them all the information they need if only they could connect some easy dots.

(Bin Laden) also praised insurgent leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, saying al Qaeda was joining forces with the Jordanian-born militant. Al-Zarqawi's group, which has claimed responsibility for numerous car bombings, kidnappings and beheadings in Iraq, already had renamed itself al Qaeda in Iraq, and he had publicly pledged his loyalty to bin Laden.

"The dear mujahed brother Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is the prince of al Qaeda in Iraq, so we ask all our organization brethren to listen to him and obey him in his good deeds," bin Laden said on the audiotape.


Never mind. According to the American hired to teach journalism:

Eedle has been working on setting up a news agency in Iraq. He says the feeling among the Iraqi reporters and editors he's working with is that the elections not only succeeded but also have forced Sunnis sitting on the fence to join in the political process.

Yup. They ain't sitting on no fences. Obviously, the rather a few are setting off bombs and machinegunning the survivors and shooting down helicopters and so on, great violence. As Mao put it so bluntly: "Power grows out of the barrel of a gun".

Meanwhile, back in nuclear Pakistan where bin Laden is concentrating his personal powers:

The Pakistani government launched a military campaign in the previously autonomous border area of South Waziristan during the last two years. There were numerous clashes, 48 by the government's count, between the military and what it called al Qaeda militants.

The result? More than 250 government troops were killed, according to a Pakistani official. But that campaign is over, and the troops are largely gone from the border area.

Now a different approach is being tried.

This time, the U.S. government has launched a media campaign in Pakistan, using radio, TV and print ads that call on Pakistanis to give up bin Laden and other leading al Qaeda figures, in exchange for millions of dollars of rewards ($25 million for bin Laden).

So far, there haven't been any takers.


As Bush said, no one cares whether bin Laden is in a cave with the door open or a cave with the door closed. Either way, we are in deep trouble.
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