January 3, 2005


Bin Laden's trepidation (Claude Salhani, 1/02/05, UPI)

Osama bin Laden, the man who since 9/11 brought fear into the hearts of millions, is now running scared. The master terrorist is afraid; he is very afraid.

What frightens bin Laden today are not American B-2 super-stealth bombers capable of dropping tons of high explosives on him from unseen heights, nor the tens of thousands of troops and legions of intelligence officers looking for him since September 2001. He knows how to cope with them. What frightens bin Laden today is the ballot box.

The leader of al-Qaida appears particularly concerned over the prospects of pending elections in two Arab countries -- the Palestinian Authority and Iraq -- both scheduled for later this month. [...]

That America is behind the Iraq elections is certainly true, but in the PA?

Bin Laden's most likely dead and the Palestinian elections are a direct outgrowth of the President's Rose Garden speech, but the rest is right.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 3, 2005 7:39 PM
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