Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Call To Jihad
The time for protesting is through. It's time to wage jihad against Israel over its invasion of the Gaza.
That's what a recorded message, purported to be the voice of Osama bin Laden, says.
Bin Laden, who is vowing to not fail the Palestinian people, is calling on wealthy Muslims to contribute to this cause.
This was entirely predictable, of course. We hadn't heard from the titular head of al Qaeda from his cave somewhere near the Afghan-Pakistan border for months. So he makes verbal waves in an attempt to intimidate Israel.
If you think that's the last we've heard from pubic enemy number one, let me make a prediction. On or around March 20th he'll issue another audio message. March 20th is the anniversary of the launch of the U.S. invasion of Iraq (March 19th in the U.S.).
He can't, of course, come on camera, not even on YouTube, because it would reveal too much. Too much about his whereabouts. His condition. His current appearance. So he tries to strike fear in the hearts of his enemies from deep within the shadows.
The problem, of course, is there are weak minded people who may act whenever bin Laden talks. This shows no command and control structure in al Qaeda. But an attempt to encourage like-minded people to commit terrorist acts.
In the minds of these individuals, by the way, there is no substantive difference between Israel and the United States. So to them, bin Laden's call for jihad against Israel is a call to arms against the U.S. as well.