September 10, 2007


Osama's Vision of the Future: The real message of Bin Laden's bizarre video rant. (Anne Applebaum, Sept. 10, 2007, Slate)

And now, ladies and gentlemen, time for a quiz. Three guesses as to who said this:

And Iraq and Afghanistan and their tragedies; and the reeling of many of you under the burden of interest-related debts, insane taxes and real estate mortgages; global warming and its woes; and the abject poverty and tragic hunger in Africa; all of this is but one side of the grim face of this global system.

Dennis Kucinich? Naomi "No Logo" Klein? Daniel "Dany the Red" Cohn-Bendit? If you guessed "none of the above," you are either an astute observer of the anti-globalization movement, or you have already read a transcript of Osama Bin Laden's latest video production. If so, you will also know that Bin Laden, after denouncing the "capitalist system," which "seeks to turn the entire world into a fiefdom of the major corporations," calls for Americans to convert to Islam because, among other things, taxes are lower in Islamic states. It's a genuinely bizarre, almost ridiculous document—and before it is forgotten in the coming debate on Gen. David Petraeus' Iraq report, it's worth spending a few minutes, on the sixth anniversary of Sept. 11, trying to understand what it might mean.

Oughtn't we spend a couple minutes on the fact the ridiculous ranting is indistinguishable from standard "progressive" cant?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 10, 2007 7:23 PM

Of course, the stuff about interest and mortgages is a perfectly valid Islamic selling point.

What's particularly funny about this message is the left's horror if anyone tries to say that he sounds like a lefty.

Posted by: Ibid at September 10, 2007 10:18 PM

This is news? The Unabomber's manifesto would today be indistinguishable from the rhetoric of any Dem politician (and any blue-state Republican as well).

Posted by: b at September 11, 2007 12:05 PM

Maybe he's angling for tenure in the Ivy league?

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 11, 2007 2:30 PM

1...2...3 minutes...indistinguishable!

Posted by: Dave W at September 11, 2007 3:17 PM