And now a word from the cave

Here it was almost three months into the year and we hadn’t heard from Osama bin Laden, normally a regular correspondent with the decadent West.

On Wednesday, from whatever remote mountain hideout he has been holed up in for the last six years, the fugitive terrorist broke his silence with a five-minute audiotape posted on a radical Islamic Web site.

Reading between the lines, his message can only be interpreted as a cry for help: “Please. Somebody, somewhere blow up something so I can take credit for it. I’m dying out here.”

To fire up his followers, bin Laden invoked the printing by Danish newspapers of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, whose image is generally forbidden in Islam. But that was two years ago. Last month, Danish newspapers reprinted one of the cartoons, which they periodically do since the violent overreaction by Muslim militants transformed the issue from one of blasphemy to one of free speech. And, after all, this is Denmark. Really.

He also accused 80-year-old Pope Benedict XVI of being in league with the Danish cartoonists in launching a “new Crusade” against Islam.

Adding to the impression that he’s out of touch, the old boy made no mention of the fifth anniversary this week of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Maybe bin Laden is steamed at the casual way President Bush conflates al Qaeda, bin Laden’s outfit, the genuine article, with the renegade franchise, al Qaeda in Iraq, who bin Laden chided for its violent ways and who are increasingly hated by the Iraqi people.

If bin Laden feels he’s no longer getting the attention he deserves, there’s a simple way to solve that: Come down out of the mountains and show yourself. We can guarantee you the kind of reception you deserve.


  1. pollchecker

    Has anyone else ever noticed that when the Bushies get into real trouble in the news cycle, all of a sudden “Osama Bin Laden” pops up. It’s been over 2100 days since GW lied when he declared he would get Bin Laden DEAD OR ALIVE! It was all a joke, They don’t really want him, they just want to use him to continue their plot against the people of this country.

  2. sherry

    You are right Pollchecker. When will we get the next tape I wonder? I guess that will be when the Iraq war takes a turn for the worse? Oops that’s happening now. Give it a few weeks.
    I know we are not supposed to use the term “fairy tale” because it is now a racial slur, so I will just say that Osama is a Santa Claus for the Bush administration

  3. griff

    What, no video? Maybe Bush will claim that his “war on terror” has been so successful that they can’t afford a camcorder.

    Or maybe he’s dead already.

  4. stoney55

    Osama Bin Laden was a creation of the MI5 and the CIA during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. I have heard from friends in Special Ops when I was in the military in the early 1970’s that there is a motto well known amongst the covert community and that is “Once CIA, always CIA.” Osama is probably dead (I mean, after all, a 6 foot 4 inch Arab running around the mountains of Tora Bora with a dialysis machine still alive after all these years, I think not! All major intelligence agencies in this world (including our vaunted CIA) have the equivalent of what the old Soviet KGB had, a Department D (Department of Disinformation) and faked all manner of covert ops to blame on others and released faked news to third world countries to further their own aims. Osama is a convenient ghost to be resurrected by our current rogue Administration to scare the American people whenever events aren’t going their way. Be afraid, be very afraid!