Sunday, October 31, 2004

Full Osama Tape Shows Damaged Al-Queda

The New York Post has reported that the full 18 minute tape of Osama Bin Laden shows a dispirted leader who talks about the effects of the unrelenting manhunt for him and other leaders of Al-Queda:

Osama bin Laden doesn't seem nearly so cocky in the unedited version of a videotape aired on al-Jazeera, complaining that the manhunt against him has hampered al Qaeda. AFP/Getty ImagesBin Laden the impotent / Opinion: Page 27 Osama bin Laden's newest tape may have thrust him to the forefront of the presidential election, but what was not seen was the cave-dwelling terror lord talking about the setbacks al Qaeda has faced in recent months.

Officials said that in the 18-minute long tape — of which only six minutes were aired on the al-Jazeera Arab television network in the Middle East on Friday — bin Laden bemoans the recent democratic elections in Afghanistan and the lack of violence involved with it.

On the tape, bin Laden also says his terror organization has been hurt by the U.S. military's unrelenting manhunt for him and his cohorts on the Afghan-Pakistani border.

A portion of the left-out footage includes a tirade aimed at President Bush and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, claiming the war in Iraq is purely over oil.

So in the twelve minutes of tape not broadcast by Al-Jazeera or covered by US media, Bin laden reveals just hoe effective the war against terror has been. he is apparently upset that the elections in Afghanistan were allowed to take place with no violence. He rants against the President and his father. He want Bush gone, and he is hoping that the American electorate takes care of that for him. He cannot defeat teh US militarily, but he can win the war on terror if he is able to convince Americans it is not worth the price. We will see.

(Via Powerline)

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