The Full Osama Tape
FULL TAPE AN OSAMA A WOE SHOW (Niles Latham, NY Post)
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 Ã¢€” of which only six minutes were aired on the al-Jazeera Arab television network in the Middle East on Friday Ã¢€” 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.
The tape also sparked some concern that an attack aimed at disrupting Tuesday’s election may be planned. But those who have seen the tape have said there was no specific information regarding an attack. “We are taking this very seriously,” said one counterterrorism official. “This is cause for great concern and we are certainly going on higher alert because of this.”
This is interesting on a couple of levels. Clearly, despite election year claims to the contrary, our efforts have in fact disrupted al Qaeda and set back the jihadist cause. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that Islamist terrorism is going to cease being a threat any time soon, as the problem is much larger than just Osama or al Qaeda.