September 10, 2007
Osama bin Laden:
Still Ranting Six Years Later
“From His Law is
retaliation in kind: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and the
killer is killed,” says Osama bin Laden in the opening remarks of his
latest video appearance. We hadn’t heard from him in three years, but
I’m glad we’re starting off on the right foot.
I, and countless
others, have long suspected that radical Islam sought to reach out to
the Western radical left for sympathy and help. But bin Laden’s latest
video is as blatant as it gets. And although he is crazy and unstable,
he is certainly not stupid. He knows that the only way America can fall
is from within. And as one would expect, he is passionately working that
What’s most striking
about his rant, however, is that it attempts to be rational. Bin Laden
tries to position himself as a powerless American citizen who is being
misled by the administration. His words indeed show the many faces of
this fresh new bin Laden (with a fresh new clip-on beard, by the way –
it just looks so fake - can someone give him the number for John
Edwards’s stylist?). His excerpts cover a wide range of positions:
“The entire world
came out in unprecedented demonstrations to warn against waging the war
and describe its true nature in eloquent terms like ‘no to spilling red
blood for black oil,’ yet he paid them no heed.”
Apparently bin Laden
is a pacifist with real concern for public opinion.
“In fact, the life
of all of mankind is in danger because of the global warming resulting
to a large degree from the emissions of the factories of the major
corporations, yet [Bush] insists on not observing the Kyoto accord.”
So, bin Laden is
also an environmentalist who has taken sides on the global warming
debate. Now there’s an inconvenient truth for Al Gore.
“There are no taxes
in Islam, but rather there is a limited Zakaat [alms] totaling only 2.5
He’s an anti-war
libertarian! If this guy was an American citizen (and, you know, not a
terrorist), Ron Paul would be up to a solid four voters now.
“You should liberate
yourselves from the deception, shackles and attrition of the capitalist
Oh . . . a total
socialist. Forget the libertarian thing.
“And since the
democratic system permits major corporations to back candidates, be they
presidential or congressional, there shouldn't be any cause for
astonishment – and there isn't any – in the Democrats' failure to stop
“The genocide of
peoples and their holocausts took place at your hands: only a few
specimens of Red Indians were spared, and just a few days ago, the
Japanese observed the 62nd anniversary of the annihilation of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki by your nuclear weapons.”
It won’t be long
before he is offered a history professorship at one of the Ivy Leagues,
considering some of their hirings over the years . . .
“Among the most
capable of those from your own side who speak to you on [the war] and on
the manufacturing of public opinion is Noam Chomsky, who spoke sober
words of advice prior to the war.”
Ok, never mind
everything I’ve written so far. Bin Laden’s just a complete nut job.
But he’s a nut job
who follows the news, chases the polls closer than a Democratic
congressman nearing elections, and has a full understanding of America’s
weaknesses. Case in point: “And thus,” bin Laden says about Iraq, “what
is called the civil war came into being.”
What is “called” the
civil war? He knows the political sensitivity of this term. He knows
what hesitant and disaffected Americans react to. He even says something
about real estate mortgages – apparently he’s facing some of the same
problems over there, there’s just nothing right going on with that cave
market. But the point is, he has been watching us closer than we wish.
Six years later, he
is still around, but he is afraid. Bin Laden turned Iraq into the primary
battlefield in the mammoth conflict of ideologies, and now he realizes
he is losing. The surge is working, Iraqi Sunnis have turned against him
and he is unable to inject more resources into the conflict than he
His only solution
now is to take us down from within. It is to appear rational and appeal
to the weakest among us. He is trying to convince us that his
interpretation of Islam is one of calm and peace. “In fact,” bin Laden
asserts, “burning living beings is forbidden in our religion, even if
they be small like the ant, so what of man!”
Maybe I can tell
that to the families of the 20-something year olds whose flesh – only
six years ago – slowly melted off of their bones on the higher floors of
the World Trade Center towers, because their only other choice was
diving hundreds of feet to a horrid death.
God bless their
souls, on this sixth anniversary. And God bless us in our efforts to
prevent any such tragedy from occurring ever again.
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