March 21, 2008

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'Stale' bin Laden Tape Have Some Experts Questioning Strategy Behind the Message (AP, March 20, 2008)

A newly released Usama bin Laden audiotape labeled 'stale' by some terror experts has raised questions about whether his seemingly outdated message is really a strategy.

On the tape, released late Wednesday, bin Laden accuses Pope Benedict XVI of helping wage a "new Crusade" against Islam and warns of a "severe" reaction from Muslims to the publication of cartoons in Europe depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

Some analysts on Thursday were focusing less on what was said in the message than what wasn't. They said the apparent lack of references to events after 2006, such as the reprinting of controversial cartoons, which caused widespread rioting when they were first published by a Danish newspaper in 2005, and the absence of talk about the Iraq war indicate that bin Laden's message could have been recorded months, even years, ago. Bin Laden also made no mention of a soon-to-be released anti-Islam film, "Fitna," by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders.

"The tape seems to be very generic," Neil Livingstone, a terrorism analyst, told FOX News. "It's rambling, it doesn't really have focus and it refers to this old issue that is rather stale right now — of the cartoons that were first published by a Danish newspaper and then published in other European cities.


It'd be helpful if someone turned in his head for the reward money before I go fill up the Suburban. Gas stations will be having half price sales.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 21, 2008 7:21 AM
Comments

His strategy? It was a cry from Al Qaeda - "We are relevant!"

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 21, 2008 8:42 AM

So why does the CIA keep 'authenticating' these stupid videos? The last one wasn't even the same guy.

Posted by: Gideon at March 21, 2008 9:50 AM

The CIA would authenticate a wooden nickel, if it might discredit George Bush.

Posted by: ratbert at March 21, 2008 9:59 AM

Good one, ratbert.

Posted by: erp at March 21, 2008 10:34 AM

Because once we acknowledge we killed him we have to bring the troops home.

Posted by: oj at March 21, 2008 12:37 PM

if someone turned in his head

No money in the world can put his head back again after a visit from those pesky daisy cutters.

Posted by: ic at March 21, 2008 12:42 PM

OJ: I hope not; Al Qaeda without Osama is still Al Qaeda.

Posted by: Just John at March 21, 2008 4:31 PM

It isn't al Qaeda anymore any way. They lost.

Posted by: oj at March 21, 2008 8:05 PM
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