Sunday, October 31, 2004

Bin Laden in the Media

Here are a few revealing articles that look into the content of the tape rather than it's effect on the election:

In the Washington Post, an article explaining how the tape seems to be an effort to bolster Bin Laden's image in the Muslim world.

Also in the Washington Post, a strong editorial denouncing Bin Laden: "To justify his murder of thousands of Americans on Sept. 11, 2001 -- a crime for which he now openly takes responsibility -- he cites not his erstwhile platform for Islamic dictatorship in the Middle East but -- improbably -- Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon. Something is clearly troubling Osama bin Laden..."

In The Daily Star of Lebanon, a blistering attack on Bin Laden, decried as an "an individual defunct of a moral compass" and calling for a "fatwa branding him a bigot and a heretic by Muslim clerics the world over."

Somewhere, though I can't figure out where, I also read about the "nightmare scenario" this tape might signify--that Bin Laden is now attempting to create a political wing of Al Qaeda, as the IRA, PLO, and many other terrorist groups have.

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