Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Osama bin-Laden Threatens Europe And The Pope

In a lovely new message timed to coincide with a day Muslims celebrate as Mohammed's birthday (as well as the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq) Osama bin-Laden surfaced once again,in an internet message produced by al-Qaeda's propaganda arm, As-Sahab.

Osama was obviously upset over the re-publication of the MoTunes, which happened after a couple of adherents of the Religion Of Peace were caught trying to murder 72-year-old Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and collect a million dollar fatwa on his head.

"Your publications of these drawings -- part of a new crusade in which the Pope of the Vatican had a significant role -- is a confirmation from you that the war continues," said the Saudi-born militant leader, addressing "those who are wise at the European Union".

He accused the Europeans of "testing Muslims ... the answer will be what you shall see and not what you hear."

That could, of course, mean that a terrorist strike may very well have been planned for Europe.

"Animosity among people is very old but wise people ... have always been keen on maintaining the manners of disagreement and the ethics of fighting ... but you have abandoned many of these ethics although you use them as slogans." he said.

Of course, there were also the usual bromides about the Evil Crusaders killing Muslim women and children,yadda yadda.

In Denmark itself, and even in some parts of Europe there appears to be a new feeling that it's high time they took a stand for freedom of expression.

As Flemming Rose, the publisher of the Jyllands-Posten where the Motoons originally appeared put it in a recent interview,"At the time, in 2006, there were good journalistic reasons for other newspapers to publish the cartoons because few people had seen them then, so they were news. Now the journalistic justification is almost nonexistent because everyone knows what they look like, so it’s more about solidarity than about news.”

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