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Scoop Link: Robert Fisk On bin Laden Tape

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Osama bin Laden: Is It Him? Almost Certainly.


By Robert Fisk
The Independent UK
Friday 20 January 2006

For full story see…
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012006Y.shtml
Or
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/fisk/article339819.ece

So why only on audio? Why no video tape? Is he sick? Yes, say the usual American "intelligence sources". It's the same old story: Osama bin Laden talks to us from the mouth of a cave, from within a cave, from a basement perhaps, from a tape almost certainly recorded down a telephone line from far away. Yesterday's message, broadcast as ever by al-Jazeera television, was a reminder that security - not sickness - decides his method of communication.

We invaded Afghanistan to find Bin Laden and we fight and die in Iraq to kill his supporters - yet still he eludes us, still he threatens us, still he taunts us.

How much longer can this nonsense go on? President Jacques Chirac warns that France - of all countries - might use nuclear weapons, if attacked. On whom, I wonder? America blows Pakistani children to pieces and claims it has killed five wanted men, including a bomb-maker. But there's absolutely no evidence. Bin Laden says that America will be attacked again unless it accepts a truce in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Weren't we supposed to be winning the "war on terror"? Oh no, the "experts" tell us, Bin Laden and al-Qa'ida are losing, that's why they want a truce. Some hope.

For full story see…
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012006Y.shtml
Or
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/fisk/article339819.ece

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