As I delved into the wrestling arena of trying to purchase books for classes last week, the words of the Bush administration’s response to the infamous Osama Bin Laden’s tapped message screams within my mind.
“This is about the best he can do,” White House aide Frances Fragos Townsend stated. “This is a man on the run, from a cave, who’s virtually impotent other than these tapes. We know that al-Qaeda is still determined to attack, and we take it seriously, but this tape appears to be nothing more than threats. It’s propaganda on their part.”
And yet, nothing on the tapes suggests a threat from the leader of evil.
In fact, the propagrandfather of darkness made no threats against America citizens and does not call on his extremist brothers to attack. However, he does call on Americans to convert to Islam if they want the war in Iraq to stop.
That could be considered a threat if you are an over-zealous Christian looking for a another reason to not turn the other cheek and instead thump the mastermind of devils in the head with the long arm of a vengeful Christ.
Sadly, it would all be for naught—the President is too wrapped up in Iraq to notice the true threat on the border of the dictator-controlled Pakistan, Bush’s friend and ally, and Afghanistan, the place America forgot.
And the latest National Intelligence Estimate, if it can still be trusted after previous major screw-ups (weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the bombing of the trade centers in the 20th and 21st centuries), al-Qaeda is intensifying efforts to put operatives in the United States while plotting against targets in the homeland to cause wide-scaled tragedies.
Our country has been searching for Osama Bin Laden since the bombing of the Gold Mihor Hotel in Aden, Yemen on Dec. 29, 1992 and the U.S. Embassy bombings in 1998. President Bill Clinton signed an executive order for the arrest or assassination of Osama Bin Laden.
And on Nov. 4, 1998, a Federal Grand Jury and the U.S. Department of State offered a $5 million reward for insight into the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden.
The Master of Mayhem’s response to this martyrdom-like level of respect bestowed upon his not-so humble self?
“The International Islamic Front for Jihad against the U.S. and Israel has issued a crystal-clear fatwa calling on the Islamic nation to carry on Jihad aimed at liberating holy sites. The nation of Muhammad has responded to this appeal. If the instigation for Jihad against the Jews and the Americans in order to liberate Al-Aksa Mosque and the Holy Ka’aba Islamic shrines in the Middle East is considered a crime, then let history be a witness that I am a criminal.” – Osama Bin Laden in an interview with journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai in 1999.
Of course, President Bush continues to assert Osama Bin Laden’s guilt and the evilness of his axis of evilness, but my mind wonders why the president didn’t honor Clinton’s executive order and what happened to the little “White Paper” that Secretary of State Colin Powell promised to publish linking the Godfather of terrorists to the horrific episode of 9/11.
Or why Rex Tomb of the FBI’s public affairs unit said, “The reason why 9/11 is not mention on Osama bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11.”
Why has the U.S. Justice Department not sought criminal charges on Osama bin Laden (or anyone else for that matter) for the bombings on 9/11? Especially since two separate grand juries filed two separate indictments against the former hero of the Soviet war for two separate acts of terrorism relating to his involvements with the previous bombings.
I thought he was the godfather of propaganda against the freedoms of America, the evil of evildoers, the killer of American soldiers and civilians, the devil of 9/11? Did not the president promise to take the terrorist leader “dead or alive?”
According to our government, Osama bin Laden is the face of evil for the 21st century, and we as Americans cannot turn on the radio or TV without hearing the current color level of threat against our lives and loved ones because of the evil one’s actions.