Well, with just four days to go until the election, we were wondering who else might chime in. We got our answer: Al Qaeda kingpin and former world's most dangerous man Osama bin Laden, with a video shown on Al Jazeera television.
Republicans have three days now to twist the rather cryptic message into "a vote for Kerry is a vote for bin Laden", or more likely, "if you even THINK about voting against the Imperium, terrorists will kill your children". The video message seems to have pointed out that Bush probably got a lot more people killed by reading "My Pet Goat" (instead of taking, you know, action) and noted that regardless of who the American President happens to be, Middle East policy that pisses off bin Laden (and being a homocidal psychopath, of course) is what drives him, rather than who we select on Tuesday.
This is the first video appearance by OBL since late 2001 (though he has made around seven audio tapes since that time).
Given that the nation's intelligence services would seem to have decided to exact their revenge on Bush by releasing embarassing stuff at inopportune times, one wonders immediately if, in fact, the release of this tape now is not just a subtle reminder to everyone that OBL is still breathing because of the Dauphin's deliberate choice to target Bush family irritant Saddam Hussein rather than actual threat OBL. Of course, look for the Bush-backers to tell us that this points out why we need " a strong leader" for the ongoing war on terror (which, of course, if Bush is reelected, will be self-perpetuationg, along with the charming notion that not lock-step supporting an incompetent and dangerous president is somehow "unpatriotic".)
Well, well. Four days to go. Osama is still out there and taunting us. Must be because Kerry is a waffler. I can't think of any other reason.
It seems that you have no first hand knowledge of the situation involving Bin Laden. First of all, the US NEVER diverted resources from Afghanistan to Iraq, and NEVER gave up hunting al-Quaeda in any country in the world.
Afghanistan is a country with some of the roughest terrain in the world, and it is riddled with thousands of caves. Finding Bin Laden is a little like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack.
Further, President Clinton had at least three opportunities to apprehend Bin Laden but, for unknown reasons, did not.
Kerry is a pacifist, and this is OK. But, not at this time in our history. Bush is not pro-war, but he recognizes the need for it at this time. We have managed to lure terrorists from every know extremist group into Iraq and we are killing then at a rate of about 10 to 1. My son is there, and I get the true picture from him. They kill one of us - we kill ten of them. Simple math tells you that al-Quaeda and the other groups cannot long last with this scenario. Better there than here.
Posted by Phil Coffman at October 30, 2004 4:49 PM
Dammit, all that hard work over last 4 years with nucular (Ha Ha Ha!!) weapons, and this jerks pops up on video. Result, I am forgotten!!! Unacceptable. You will hear from my reprepresentatives.
Posted by kim jong-illin at October 30, 2004 7:31 PM
"They kill one of us - we kill ten of them."
Charming. That gains us what? 1,000 more enemies as a result? There's a large component of revenge in the cultures of the Middle East, and we see it every time more civilians are killed. That makes no sense at all.
Posted by Anonymous at October 31, 2004 1:42 AM
That was me. And Phil? What if your son is one of the dead? Will you be satisfied if we immediately kill ten Iraqis?
I don't get the reasoning here.
Posted by Linkmeister at October 31, 2004 1:45 AM
SETH FARBER you are a typical liberal poser. You slay me with your cynical rant. On a trivial note: you mention "Blogger Jogger Greatness" by running in the MCM. Dude, with a shitty pace of 13:34 at mile 20, that's walking but then again liberals would call that "running". you are a republican's wet dream as a poster child for whiny liberals. don't forget to shower after your "run" before you tell people over a cocktail about your gutsy athletic endeavour .. feel free to write sometime, i'd like to go ahead to ahead by email email@example.com
Posted by Mark Fuerkoenig at October 31, 2004 1:24 PM
Linkmeister, Phil is referring to the terrorists and Saddam loyalist who are trying to prevent a free Iraq from emerging by targeting military and civil branches of the Interim Iraqi Government as well as coalition forces (the former much more often). They aren't asking for hugs, they want to install a theocratic regime in Iraq and they aren't interested in what Iraqis want. We should kill every one of them we can.
Posted by Lawrence at October 31, 2004 1:58 PM
Mark F, you very funny. I like you. Who else mangle "head to head" with "ahead to ahead"? You use props too? How you like free trip to beautiful North Korea? I need funny man like you around. Ha Ha Ha!!
Posted by Kim Jong-Illin at October 31, 2004 5:14 PM
Mark F. also misspelled his own name, Kim. Spewing hate and spelling correctly don't go hand in hand, I 'spose.
Posted by Mr. Coffee at November 1, 2004 3:27 PM
Am I to understand that you are having a wet dream thinking about the Talking Dog in the shower? Perhaps you should take a cold shower yourself.
Posted by They Call Me Mr. Crabcake at November 2, 2004 8:17 PM