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Friday, October 29, 2004

He's Back, Is He?

I see that al-Jezeera's released a new bin Laden tape. So the old murderer's still alive (maybe; this ain't live TV). Well, that's just begging to be corrected.

Apparently in the video he's telling Americans what to do; he says, "We fought you because we are free .... and want to regain freedom for our nation. As you undermine our security we undermine yours," In other words, get out of town, and we'll leave you alone. Right. So he pops up out of nowhere on the eve of our election and essentially demands our surrender and withdrawal. How interesting.

He also says this about Bush's initial reaction:
At one point, bin Laden ridicules Bush for reacting slowly to the 2001 attacks.

“We never thought that the high commander of the U.S. armies would leave 50,000 of his citizens in both towers to face the horrors by themselves when they most needed him because it seemed to distract his attention from listening to the girl telling him about her goat butting,” he says, referring to Bush’s decision to wait more than seven minutes after being informed of the attacks before leaving an elementary room classroom in Florida where a student was reading a story called “The Pet Goat.”

The story, bin Laden intimated, “was more important than paying attention to airplanes hitting the towers, which gave us three times the time to execute the operation, thank God.”
I wonder how people will react when they realize that Osama bin Laden is echoing Michael Moore talking points.

I'm sure a lot of wailing will occur now from certain segments of the political spectrum: "See! Bush was diverted! He's still alive!" But the people of Afghanistan are still making their own destiny, and the people of Iraq are still birthing their new nation. Whatever bin Laden's been up to, he hasn't hit us again. Instead, he releases a videotape. I like Gerry Daly's thought on that: "They would have hit us if they could."

Now we decide if we're going to leave him alone, or go get him. Since both our presidential candidates have said they'll get him, he's just stuck his neck out. I still know who I think is more liable to chop it off, but it does do one thing: it guarantees that the political pressure to pick up the gauntlet will be enormous, and we need our will stiffened.

So for Kerry voters, it's put up or shut up time. Your guy says he will hunt down and kill the terrorists wherever they are. He won't make the mistake of taking his eye off the ball. Well, the "ball" just popped up and said, "Hit me!" Here's your chance. Are you ready? Do you really believe?

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