Monday, February 20, 2006

The Latest From bin Laden

The newest excerpts from Osama bin Laden’s tape from last month contain a couple of defining statements.

First is the declaration that bin Laden won’t be taken alive. More cowardice from the Coward-in-Chief: “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.” No surprise there. Good ol’ Osama continues the practice of letting others do his dirty work for him, and then taking the glory road to 72 virgins when the heat gets too high. No siree, no pain or facing the music for Osama, it's the easy way out for him. But if he really wants to live free, he should renounce his repressive 7th Century religion and become an American.

Then he says something truly remarkable about U.S. soldiers in Iraq: “… despite all the barbarity, [and] the repressive steps taken by the American Army and its agents … there is no longer any mentionable difference between this criminality and the criminality of Saddam.”

Despite all the barbarity? The terrorist attacks on the United States four years ago weren’t barbaric, the continuing terrorist attacks in Iraq that more often than not kill far more innocent Iraqi Muslims than U.S. soldiers aren’t barbaric, the beheading of innocent people like Nick Berg and Daniel Pearle isn’t barbaric, but the U.S. fighting terrorists in Iraq is barbaric?

The mind of a fanatic is indeed an interesting place.

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