Monday

Laden and Threat Diffusion

One of the first bloggers on the net to report the new Bin Laden tape:
stop the ACLU (See below)
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We hope that an upper hand threat diffusion is at work between Arab's:
[AP Photo: Rafiq Maqbool]
Afghan President Hamid Karzai listens to questions during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006. Karzai said that Afghanistan gave Islamabad a list of wanted Taliban guerrillas operating in Pakistan and said it reserves the right to do what it can if the violence by the Taliban did not stop.

Sunday 19 February 2006, 21:17 Makka Time, 18:17 GMT
Jordan's president Abdullah receives visit from Al-Sadr (Iraq) who expressed appreciation for Abdullah's efforts in the Arab and international arenas in clarifying the true image of Islam and its prophet, especially during his trip to Washington earlier this month. (RE: The National Prayer Breakfast, an annual gathering of politicians and dignitaries.)

~Unlike Al-Sadr, Abdullah maintains close ties with the United States and other top officials, and is hoped to diffuse Al-Sadr's volatile anti-American stance."
~ Given Al-Sadr's position in Iraq, this could help evolve Iraq. more
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Now for Laden... "I am not sure why I do not read more direct quotes from Islamic leaders about their position on Bin Laden. Unless their fear of backlash is too great, this could help to invalidate, both the efforts of Laden, and those of his (alleged) followers."...MB.
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From jay:

"I found this new tape of Bin Laden to be quite interesting. Earlier this weekend, at the bookstore, I was skimming through some books. One was about an individual that followed Osama Bin Laden with a pistol, who’s job was to kill him if he were to ever be surrounded. According to what I read, Osama vowed that “martyrdom over capture” was to be preferred. Didn’t buy the book, but when I heard this it made me think of it."
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Osama bin Laden promised never to be captured alive and declared the U.S. had resorted to the same "repressive" tactics used by Saddam Hussein, according to an audiotape purportedly by the al-Qaida leader that was posted Monday on a militant Web site.
The tape appeared to be a complete version of one that was first broadcast Jan. 19 on Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab satellite channel, in which bin Laden offered the United States a long-term truce but also said his al-Qaida terror network would soon launch a fresh attack on American soil.

"I have sworn to only live free. Even if I find bitter the taste of death, I don't want to die humiliated or deceived," bin Laden said.

In drawing the comparison to American military behavior in Iraq to that of Saddam, the speaker said:

"The jihad is continuing with strength, for Allah be all the credit, despite all the barbarity, the repressive steps taken by the American Army and its agents, to the extent that there is no longer any mentionable difference between this criminality and the criminality of Saddam."..Story at Stop the ACLU. Read more...
(Also here.)

~Blue Star Chronicles: OBL Vows He'll Never be Taken Alive
~In the Bull Pen: Rest of Jan 19th Obl Tape

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