America didn’t bring al-Qaeda to Iraq, it’s democracy in Iraq that made the extremists panic—their greatest fear is that if the once capital of the Islamic empire fell in the lap of democracy, what would “protect” other parts of the “land of Islam” from “falling” too!?
Osama’s greatest benefit? Taxes? nope. Heaven.
Like we said in the previous post, regimes that follow this ideology, be it the Sunni Taliban or the Shia Mullahs, have failed to offer a civilized model of life so they chose instead to beautify and sell the idea of death under the old slogan of “Our dead are in heaven and your dead are in hell”.
From Excalibur (or rather from Booman Tribune with the video link, through excalibur):
Osama Bin Laden’s widely publicized video address to the American people has a peculiarity that casts serious doubt on its authenticity: the video freezes at about 1 minute and 36 58 seconds, and motion only resumes again at 12:30. The video then freezes again at 14:02 remains frozen until the end. All references to current events, such as the 62nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan, and Sarkozy and Brown being the leaders of France and the UK, respectively, occur when the video is frozen! The words spoken when the video is in motion contain no references to contemporary events and could have been (and likely were) made before the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The audio track does appear to be in the voice of a single speaker. What I suspect was done is that an older, unreleased video was dubbed over for this release, with the video frozen when the audio track departed from that of the original video.
From Al Jazeera:
Adel Darwish, political editor of Middle East magazine, told Al Jazeera that he had “doubts” about the authenticity of the tape.
“Any kid these days with an electronic kit can alter images and edit the way that he or she likes,” he said.
“There is no close up on bin Laden, the beard is thick and black and then there are large segments where the image is a still.”
I have to admit, that beard certainly made me question it. I await US authoratative news, but they probably have reasons to “keep him alive” too. My doubts wil probably continue.
And filed under “giving credit where it’s due”, yesterday Algerians can out to protest the terror attacks in their country.
“Terrorists are not Muslims” and “the Algerian people reject terrorism and support President Abdelaziz Bouteflika”, chanted the crowd, made up mainly of women.
(I wonder if that “made up mainly of women” was meant to treat this as less than it was? Frankly women protesting terror is a ton better than women sending their children off to be terrorists!)
UPDATE: Excalibur has more thoughts on the veracity of OBD’s tape. (Osama bin Double! Good one Otto)