Monday, September 14, 2009

Osama's amended complaint

The latest alleged Osama bin Laden tape "reminds" Americans:
We have demonstrated and stated many times, for more than two-and-a-half-decades, that the cause of our disagreement with you is your support to your Israeli allies who occupy our land of Palestine.
Was not Osama's original causus belli the United States' "occupation" of the sacred soil of Saudi Arabia during and after the 1991 Gulf War?

Yes, Israel is always there as a stand-by, but in Osama's 1998 fatwa ordering Muslims to kill Americans wherever they can, U.S support of Israel is a paltry third justification, trailing 1) "occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples" and 2) "Americans' continuing aggression against the Iraqi people using the Peninsula as a staging post."

In the latest tape, Osama (if the tape is authentic) asserted that Obama is "powerless" to stop the war in Afghanistan and in the grip of the "pro-Israel lobby." But surely Osama's intended audience is aware that Obama is mistrusted and unpopular in Israel. If this tape is authentic, it seems a particularly lame indictment, even from a violent Jihadist's point of view.

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