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As the death toll in Iraq continues to rise and refuses to fall, Ramsey Clark's hard working anti-war moms of deployed GI's have apparently gained a valuable ally as Osama Bin Laden and his chief lieutenant Ayman al-Zawahri called on them to continue to protest the American presence in Iraq.
The pair, suspected of participating in the planning of something that happened in New York that we should all really just move on from, recently released a video depicting them walking around a hillside not saying anything.
According to the Christian Science Monitor
The video is silent, and in total runs for over an hour. Audiotapes released at the same time provide a narration of sorts.
Bin Laden's words are more general, and [he] praises terrorists for doing "great damage to the enemy." He also names five of the Sept. 11 hijackers. [Greyhawk notes - Weren't five of them named Mohammed anyway?]
Dr. Zawahiri's audio track is more specific. He denigrates U.S. efforts to mediate peace between Israelis and Palestinians, saying that "Palestine will only be liberated with jihad." And he calls on resistance fighters to "bury [Americans] in Iraq's graveyard."
"We advise the mothers of the crusade soldiers, if they hope to see their sons, to quickly ask their governments to return them before they return them in coffins," says the voice alleged to be Dr. Zawahiri.
A senior intelligence official says that the U.S. has concluded both voices were recorded at the same time, in the same room. Background noise, tone, and clarity were identical.
However, controversy swirls as media "experts" remain fiercely divided over the video:
According to CBS/AP:
The experts are still unable to determine when the video was taped but observers have noted that bin Laden appears to be younger looking and less haggard than the image seen in much earlier tapes.
In one shot, bin Laden, in his late 40s and more than 6 feet tall, is assisted by a walking stick in his right hand and wears a blanket over his left shoulder. He shows signs of age since his last video image two years ago; his beard is whiter.
Regardless of its questionable authenticity, most media accounts of the video inexplicably fail to mention Osama's boy's shout out to his American allies. And most film critics agree that this video should not only give courage to anti-American freedom fighting mujahadeen everywhere but also simultaneously strike fear into the hearts of Americans, who should question whether they are safer now then two years ago when 3000 died due to Bin Laden's intense hatred of everything about them.
Upon learning of this new attack "New York Senator" Hillary Rodham Clinton immediately launched an investigation into air quality at the site.
"This president has failed," she announced mere moments later, along with all nine Democrat Presidential candidates in an eerily simultaneous voice. "We are not safe, the US has not turned Osama into a stain on a cave wall, and Bush is a big fat liar!"
Their relentless, mindless chanting of the above refrain appears to be working, as no one in America supports the President any longer.
Maybe this is junk science too? The American Chemical Society is hardly a group of tree huggers (believe me!).
Maybe it's not as bad as some suggest. But the smell of burning plastic was in the air for weeks--even in our office. Those fires burned for what, six months? I know a lot of fire fighters and iron workers who are having problems as well (we have a firehouse in our building that lost 15 guys, and a lot of our pension clients are iron workers...)
All I know is before 9/11 I did not have to take two separate drugs twice a day for breathing problems. Now I do. Now that enough time has gone by, we'll probably never know...until 20 or so years from now.
And yes, I was down there.Fred Kiesche at September 12, 2003 06:21 PM
I think you missed the point. Hillary doesn't care if you're alive or dead. In fact in many areas dead people are more likely to vote Democratic.
Of course the air was bad! Anyone who takes the governments word for air quality over the evidence of their own choking or watery eyes is a little too dependent on the government.
We were victims of terrorists, not the government. There's a huge difference.Posted by Oped at September 13, 2003 08:51 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(2) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)