The Jewish New Year, the Holiday of Rosh Hashana begins this Friday and the Head of Al Qaeda did not want it to go by without sending a message to people of the the United States, and the Jews who he says control foreign policy.
The tape of Obama’s latest diatribe was posted on al Qaeda affiliated Web sites on 9/13, two days after the eighth anniversary of the 2001 suicide plane hijackings.
The strange thing is that Bin Laden said Americans had failed to understand that al-Qaida carried out the attacks in retaliation for U.S. support for Israel. If America reconsiders its alliance with the Jewish state, al-Qaida will respond on “sound and just bases.” Its as if he was calling Van Jones and Charlie Sheen liars, they say they have proof that George Bush planned the attack on 9/11.
It seems as if Bin Laden is now using Pat Buchanan as a speech writer, right after 9/11 al Qaeda gave many reasons for the attacks on the US, mostly our presence in Saudi Arabia, but recently changed the blame to Israel and the Jews, something that helps him recruit more Muslims into his ranks, and to give the Islamists a reason for realizing he is still around.
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Bin Laden said Americans had failed to understand that al-Qaida carried out the attacks in retaliation for U.S. support for Israel. If America reconsiders its alliance with the Jewish state, al-Qaida will respond on “sound and just bases.”
The Saudi construction magnate’s son-turned “holy warrior” and his deputies have frequently sought to wrap al-Qaida in the Palestinian cause, seeking to draw support in the Arab world, where the issue is one of the public’s top concerns.
Al-Qaida has also sought to depict Obama as no different from Bush, who was widely despised in the Arab world for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and his close support of Israel. Obama has won greater popularity in the region, giving a landmark speech in Cairo in June, moving to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq and taking a somewhat harder stance on Israel in the peace process.
“If you end the war (in Afghanistan), so let it be,” bin Laden said. “But if it is otherwise, all we will do is continue the war of attrition against you on all possible axes.”
“You are waging a hopeless and losing war for the benefit of others, a war the end of which is not visible on the horizon,” he said, according to a translation of the tape Monday by SITE Intelligence Group, a terrorist-monitoring firm, and by The Associated Press.
Bin Laden, who is believed to be in hiding in the Afghan-Pakistan border region, said the current White House is merely following the Bush-Cheney strategy to “promote the previous policies of fear to market the interest of big companies.”
When Obama retained the Bush administration’s Defence Secretary Robert Gates, “reasonable people knew that Obama is a powerless man who will not be able to end the war as he promised,” bin Laden said.
Bin Laden devoted much of his address to discussing U.S. connections with Israel and castigated Americans for failing to understand that the issue was behind al-Qaida’s animosity. As he often does in his addresses, he cited books by American scholars and others that he said support his claim. Such citations also serve to show he keeps close watch on current events and media despite being a fugitive in a war zone.
“The delay in your knowing those causes has cost you a lot without any result whatsoever,” he said. “This position of yours, combined with some other injustices, pushed us to undertake the events of (Sept. 11).”
“Ask yourselves to determine your position: Is your security, your blood, your children, your money, your jobs, your homes, your economy, and your reputation dearer to you than the security of the Israelis, their children and their economy?” he said.
If Americans realized the extent of the suffering “suffering from the injustice of the Jews … you will realize that both our nations are victims of the policies of the White House,” which he described as “a hostage” to interest groups and companies.
The message was issued late Sunday by al-Qaida’s media wing, Al-Sahab, in a video in which the audiotape plays over a still picture of bin Laden. IntelCenter, another company that monitors terrorist propaganda, said the message is the 49th release by Al-Sahab in 2009. Al-Sahab is averaging one release every five days so far in 2009, IntelCenter said.Source
Thanks you for the nice wishes, Osama, on this Rosh Hashana the anniversary of when the world was created, may God gives you everything you deserve.
My Friend Ed Morrissey has more at HOT AIR