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Saturday, October 30, 2004  

OBL Tape

Three things.

I heard a credible Intelligence reporter on a talk show selling his book saying that he believes Bib Ladin is in Iran and was there prior to Tora Bora. He gave reasonable explanations for it based on sources that had been accurate in the recent past.

Two, another blogger has analyzed the tape and concluded from the features of its quality in lighting etrc., that the tape was made in a studio. Not too many of those I would guess can be found in the tribal areas of Pakistan across from Afghanistan;

and Three, I wish I had had blocked my own interpretation of the snippet of the tape I heard before The Belmont Club. My first reaction was that Bin Ladin was asking for a "time out". You don't come after our security, and we won't go after yours. He wants a breathing space to rebuild his organization.

Wretchard wrote:

It is important to notice what he has stopped saying in this speech. He has stopped talking about the restoration of the Global Caliphate. There is no more mention of the return of Andalusia. There is no more anticipation that Islam will sweep the world. He is no longer boasting that Americans run at the slightest wounds; that they are more cowardly than the Russians. He is not talking about future operations to swathe the world in fire but dwelling on past glories. He is basically saying if you leave us alone we will leave you alone. Though it is couched in his customary orbicular phraseology he is basically asking for time out.

As others have noted, now is the time to pour on the heat and keep it on.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 10:13 PM |