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February 11, 2003


Well, Osama bin Laden has apparently eluded death and is calling on all Muslims to attack America, as is his shtick.

The above link is only to "excerpts" of the bin Laden audiotape, I couldn't find the whole thing.

More specificaly, bin Laden seems to call for Iraqi Muslims to fight against the upcoming American invasion, and warn Muslims in other countries not to cooperate with the U.S. battle plans.

Sadly, I'm sure that many are going to see this as the "smoking gun" proving an Al Qaeda-Saddam Hussein alliance. To me, seems more like an act of opportunism on the part of bin Laden, trying to get innocent Iraqi Muslims to fight against bin Laden's foe.

About as close as their comes to an alliance is bin Laden claiming that it's "OK" for Muslims to fight alongside Iraqi "infidels" to defeat the greater evil, the American "crusaders" (and Israel. Most Arab and Muslim power-mongers try to play on sentiment in the region by linking the U.S. and Israel, instead of focusing on the countries singularly when appropriate). Granted, bin Laden could have called for Iraqi Muslims to overthrow Saddam Hussein instead, but I don't think it would have the same emotional resonance as a "death to the Great Satan" decree. Saddam may be an infidel, but he is not the same threat bin Laden's dream of a unified Middle Eastern Islamic kingdom (presumably one in which he is the King) as the United States.

I do get tired of bin Laden's assertions that this is a U.S. war on Islam. It's not, and never has been. It's a war for power, and any Muslims who are not in the way of U.S. schemes are totally off America's enemy map. But it's as much in bin Laden's interests to insist that this war is about religion as it is in Bush's interest to insist that this war is not about oil.

Posted by Jake at 05:09 PM

Really, Osoma has gotten so shticky lately.

Posted by: chutney at February 11, 2003 06:27 PM

I second the *sigh*. Let's review: Saddam is a secular tyrant. Osama is a religious tyrant. I can't read their minds, but I doubt they have love for each other. I read some reports that say Osama calls Saddam an infidel, but I can't confirm this. But let's say, they're not forming an alliance. Yet, we're already hearing from U.S. channels how there is a definite Iraq government-Al Qaeda link.

He's also warning other Muslim nations too. I wonder how they're taking it.

I don't think the "enemy of my enemy is my friend" notion applies here.

Posted by: Eric at February 11, 2003 09:29 PM

Oh yeah, and good job pointing out what the war is really about. It's not about liberating Iraq nor is it a racist or anti-Muslim war like the many leftists often say. It's about global power in the Middle East.

Posted by: Eric at February 11, 2003 09:33 PM

The whole text of audio tape can be found at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2751019.stm
Donít you know that US mainstream media just cover propaganda and misleading bits and pieces not the genuine and valid material!

Posted by: truth at February 13, 2003 11:01 AM

If you really think we want Iraq so bad, then why didn't we just take it back in Gulf War I?

Posted by: Reason at February 15, 2003 10:16 AM

Uh....Because the U.S. government was concerned for the Iraqi citizens?

Posted by: Eric at February 16, 2003 12:12 PM

I dont no much about the war on iraq but I think one huge power is much more terrorifing than terrorists.

Posted by: ingnorant + unhappy at December 3, 2003 11:19 AM
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The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

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