Monday, November 01, 2004

Kerry's terrorism policy succeeds

Well it looks like Kerry's idea of the war on terror has worked. Osama Bin Ladin isn't even a "nuisance" to Kerry anymore, he's a full fledged supporter. Unless you were under a rock this weekend you've heard about Osama's new video released on Al-Jezeera TV. What it amounted to was a Kerry advertisement. If you read it, it almost sounds as if OBL looked up the John Kerry talking points on his website:
"But I am amazed at you. Although we have entered the fourth year after the events of 9/11, Bush is still practicing distortion and deception against you and he is still concealing the true cause from you. Consequently, the motives for its reoccurrence still exist…
Sound familiar? This is the same kind of stuff I've heard from the ultra left-wingers. It sounds like the Michel Moore crowd, and not just the part about W reading about "goats". I think that after this election the democratic party will really have to look in the mirror and see who they look like. Because some people in their leadership actually think that Bush is more evil than Osama.

Now I am in no way calling American democrats terrorists. But I think this begs the questions of "Who was saying things like this first"? Osama or the DNC/Kerry? Just something to think about.

But back to the tape, Al Jezeera aired it and we know how much they like the administration. They were trying to affect the elections there is no doubt about that. It turns out that they even edited out some parts that they thought might help the President.
Officials said that in the 18-minute long tape — of which only six minutes were aired on the al-Jazeera Arab television network in the Middle East on Friday — bin Laden bemoans the recent democratic elections in Afghanistan and the lack of violence involved with it.
There were also other parts talking about how difficult his life has become now that he is hunted by the US. Not only did they edit out that part. But another part was mistranslated:
The Islamist website Al-Qal'a explained what this sentence meant: "This message was a warning to every U.S. state separately. When he [Osama Bin Laden] said, 'Every state will be determining its own security, and will be responsible for its choice,' it means that any U.S. state that will choose to vote for the white thug Bush as president has chosen to fight us, and we will consider it our enemy, and any state that will vote against Bush has chosen to make peace with us, and we will not characterize it as an enemy.
It seems that Osama has been paying attention to US politics and is familiar with the electoral college system. It's also clear he's trying to do to us exactly what he did in Spain. What he's really saying is that any state that votes against Bush will be safe.

I think that this tactic is a real loser for OBL and terrorists everywhere. America is like a she-bear, do not threaten our cubs. Whether the cubs be our individual states, or our soldiers overseas, or our football teams you don't mess with them. And it appears that I am not the only person who thinks this is bad politically for John Kerry:
In the closing weeks of the campaign, Kerry has accused Bush of "letting Bin Laden escape" when he was cornered at Tora Bora by "outsourcing" the job to unreliable Afghan warlords instead of using U.S. troops. And he has mocked Bush for never mentioning the Al Qaeda leader after pledging to get Bin Laden "dead or alive."

But the new tape - which is so nakedly political that it should end with the words "I'm Osama Bin Laden and I approved this message" - makes it difficult for Kerry to keep hammering Bush on the subject without appearing to be capitalizing on terror. Kerry eliminated those lines from his speeches yesterday evening.
The scary thing is that Kerry and the DNC make no distinction between times when we need to stand together against the terrorists, and when they should fight for political points.