"In the latest tape, bin Laden called for jihad or holy war over the Israeli offensive in Gaza and said the global financial crisis had exposed waning U.S. influence in world affairs that would in turn weaken its ally Israel.
" 'It appears this tape demonstrates his isolation and continued attempts to remain relevant at a time when al Qaeda's ideology, mission, and agenda are being questioned and challenged throughout the world,' White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said...."
I don't quite see how tapping into the Gaza mess for a fund-raising campaign shows isolation, but Reuters didn't go into much detail.
Osama bin Laden isn't releasing these tapes all that often. Looks like the last one was in May, urging Muslims to rise up against the oppressor Israel. Or, as Reuters rather more calmly put it, "help break the Israeli-led blockade of the area."
Which, in the minds of some, shows that Hamas and Lebanon bombing Israel is the fault of the Jews.
But that's another topic.
In the news:
- "U.S. says bin Laden tape demonstrates isolation"
(January 14, 2009)