September 9, 2007


Deluded message of a mass murderer (Paul Wilkinson, 09/09/2007, Daily Telegraph)

By urging the American people to convert to Islam to stop the war in Iraq, bin Laden is showing the same ludicrous misunderstanding of US politics that he displayed in his last video message to the American people, in 2004, when he made a ham-fisted attempt to influence the presidential election.

It is noteworthy that in the latest video, bin Laden is dressed in the manner of a religious leader or guru rather than as a military commander. Hence also his crude attempt to raise the global warming issue and the role of corporations; he inherited a fortune from his father's corporation and has used it to fund mass murder.

There is also an effort to dispel rumours that bin Laden had died or was seriously ill. His beard appears dyed and trimmed, to make him look younger and stronger.

It's an excellent sign that the main reaction to AQ these days is ridicule.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2007 9:04 AM

I can’t get over the fact that this video comes out at a time where it actually helps the Bush Administration. If you think about it, most analysts thought the video just prior to the 2004 election had a similar effect, as teh article points out.

If it is true that these videos help the Admistration, it leads to some very interesting, but limited, conclusions.

A. al Qaida lacks the sophistication to understand the impact of their own actions (they are incompetent)

B. al Qaida is engaged in knowingly assisting the Adminstration, thinking that the Adminstration is unwittingly helping execute al Qaida’s long term strategy (the Adminstration is incompetent)

C. The Adminstration and al Qaida’s goals are aligned (for whatever reason, both are competent, and executing similar strategies toward similar goals)

If I’m missing another option that doesn’t fall under one of those three, I’d love to hear it.

The only other options are

a)that OJ is right, OBL is dead, and the US has a body double making AQ look ridiculous. (Global Warming?) But then Zawahiri would have already outed that scheme.


b) that AQ/OBL are so far down on their arc of influences that they need to pull stunts like this just get in headlines.

Any thoughts?

Posted by: Bruno at September 9, 2007 9:56 AM

If the video rant sounds like that of a high-school dropout, it is because a high-school dropout (his son?) is posing as bin Laden. With a fake beard and scratchy audio superimposed on a still picture, al-Qaeda is trying to keep the bin Laden influence alive as long as possible. With the gullible fools in Congress, the "intelligence" community and the MSM, that is not very hard to do.

Posted by: sam at September 9, 2007 10:06 AM

Osama bin Dead.

This is just someone having fun embarrassing the deranged left.

Posted by: Stormy70 at September 9, 2007 1:24 PM

Bruno, I would put it at (A) AQ does not understand the USA. If a country such as France, with a culture that is closer to the USA than Arab/Islamic culture, makes basic mistakes about America and Americans, then what are the chances that a really foreign person, such as OBL, with the arrogance of the megalomaniac, is going to understand the USA or listen to the advice of others who may have a beeter understanding of American culture?

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 9, 2007 2:16 PM

Right and right.

The enemy misunderstands us (although this misunderstanding should have been greatly mitigated by Gulf War Two). He had taken our measure at Mogadishu, as Hitler had at Munich, and thought us little worms, a big mistake.

Yes, Obama bin Laden sounds like a home-grown peace-creep/folk-enemy, some Daily Kos commenter or Democrat presidential hopeful.

This is the danger, now as it had been then. The enemy is enabled in his self-delusion by the so-called, self-proclaimed "progressives", the neo-Oxford pledgers and isolationists.

Now that nonsense does not shape our policy, it never has. When push comes to shove, we shove back very hard, with cold brutality. The tragedy is that the enemy has been tempted to dream of easy victory by all the cheap rhetoric of domestic politics, and the butcher's bill is the price to be paid.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 9, 2007 4:48 PM

One thing that OBL has gotten wrong, Lou, is throwing in all of the domestic criticism of the administration. That was a crucial error that proves he does not understand America. The domestic issues are none of his business, that is a personal insiders-only squabble and interjecting himself into that was a mistake. Despite the bleatings of the New York Times and some tenured loons, Americans really don't care what foreigners think and get angry when foreigners try to tell them what to think, i.e.: Operation Clark County.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 10, 2007 8:40 AM

And it makes many foreigners angry that we don't care what they think. It's a circle of life kinda thing.

Posted by: Bartman at September 10, 2007 2:26 PM

Bartman: You know what they say about people who can't take a joke--that's what we think about foreigners who think we should be waiting for their permission slips.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 10, 2007 4:28 PM