Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Osama bin Laden: Have Jihad, Need Cash

Osama bin Laden's in the news again.

From Reuters:

"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.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.