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Thursday, September 6, 2007

New bin Laden tape revealed; chastises Democrats for failure; cites global warming

I haven't seen it yet, but Allah's got a ton of info about it, including links to several full transcripts. (That also includes the ABC one where he calls Richard Perle a "neo-con." WTF? Does he even know who Perle is?)

Here's the ABC report on it:

Sources tell ABC News the tape, bin Laden's first message in three years, is approximately 30 minutes long, and does not contain overt threats to the United States.

According to the transcript, which can be viewed by clicking
here, bin Laden opens with "praise to Allah" and his "law of retaliation" -- "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and the killer is killed."

Bin Laden also spoke to the ongoing situation in Iraq throughout the tape, heavily criticizing the Bush administration.

He says to the American people, "you made one of your greatest mistakes, in that you neither brought to account nor punished those who waged this war, not even the most violent of its murderers, [former Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld…"

"You permitted Bush to complete his first term, and stranger still, chose him for a second term, which gave him a clear mandate from you -- with your full knowledge and consent -- to continue to murder our people in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then you claim to be innocent! The innocence of yours is like my innocence of the blood of your sons on the 11th -- were I to claim such a thing."

Bin Laden says President Bush's words echo "neoconservatives like Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Richard Perle.""People of America: the world is following your news in regards to your invasion of Iraq, for people have recently come to know that, after several years of tragedies of this war, the vast majority of you want it stopped. Thus, you elected the Democratic Party for this purpose, but the Democrats haven't made a move worth mentioning. On the contrary, they continue to agree to the spending of tens of billions to continue the killing and war there."

The transcript indicates that bin Laden refers to statements from U.S. soldiers in Iraq, from an interview taped by a British journalist. Portions of the interview aired in a July report on ABC News.

"It would benefit you to listen to the poignant messages of your soldiers in Iraq, who are paying -- with their blood, nerves and scattered limbs -- the price for these sorts of irresponsible statements," the transcript says.

"Among them is the eloquent message of Joshua which he sent by way of the media, in which he wipes the tears from his eyes and describes American politicians in harsh terms and invites them to join him there for a few days," the statement continues.

According to the transcript, bin Laden says there are two ways to end the war:

"The first is from our side, and it is to continue to escalate the killing and fighting against you."

The second is to do away with the American democratic system of government. "It has now become clear to you and the entire world the impotence of the democratic system and how it plays with the interests of the peoples and their blood by sacrificing soldiers and populations to achieve the interests of the major corporations."

The rambling transcript also mentions French President Nicolas Sarkozy, which suggests the tape was made after Sarkozy's election in May.

Bin Laden comes close to offering a date for the tape with this by saying, "... just a few days ago, the Japanese observed the 62nd anniversary of the annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by your nuclear weapons." The anniversary was on August 6.

He goes on to call Noam Chomsky "among one of the most capable of those from your own side," and mentions global warming and "the Kyoto accord."

He also speaks to recent issues grabbing headlines in the United States, referring to "the reeling of many of you under the burden of interest-related debts, insane taxes and real estate mortgages; global warming and its woes..."

"To conclude," bin Laden says, "I invite you to embrace Islam." He goes on to say: "There are no taxes in Islam, but rather there is a limited Zakaat [alms] totaling 2.5 percent.”

I'm sure Noam Chomsky is just tickled pink to be put in such high regards. I honestly think the most amusing thing about this tape (other than mistaking Perle as a "neo-con") is the fact that he bags on the Democrats. He sounds like one of their constituents. You know what I mean, the fever-swampers that are screaming at the Democrats for promising to end the war, but they haven't yet? This is rich. I wonder how guys like Schumer and Reid feel today knowing that the one guy they seem to like more than the president is calling them abject failures?

The rest of this tape is a rambling song and dance, and reminds me more of a child's taunt on the playground "nyah, nyah,nyah, you missed me." What is being noticed by Allah and others,/li> is that it appears as though he's had some sort of a makeover. His beard, once streaked with grey, is now completely dark, and it looks like it might be a bit shorter than we last saw. Evidently he's been visiting John Edwards beauty salon. I wonder if he had a nip and tuck here and there, too? (Here's a 2004/2007 comparison picture of him.)

OK, so the old boy isn't pushing up daisies in Tora Bora. He's still alive and kicking. Good. Team 145 still has a job to do.

Publius II


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