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Bin Laden Who?
Question: When Osama Bin Laden speaks, who’s listening? That’s what we want to know as bin Laden releases not one, but two audio messages this week.


This image taken from a militant Web site shows an undated photo of Osama bin Laden as part of an audiotaped speech posted late Wednesday.



In the first, released on an al Qaeda Web site, he talks of a new crusade against Islam as evidenced by the publication of Danish cartoons that ridicule the Prophet Mohammed. He says, “Although our tragedy in your killing of our women and children is a very great one, it paled when you went overboard in your unbelief and freed yourselves of the etiquettes of dispute and fighting and went to the extent of publishing these insulting drawings. This is the greater and more serious tragedy, and reckoning for it will be more severe.”

In the second, an audiotape broadcast by Al Jazeera, bin Laden called on Muslims to keep up the fight against U.S. forces in Iraq as a path to "liberating Palestine." He says: "My speech is about the Gaza siege and the way to retrieve it and the rest of Palestine from the hands of the Zionist enemy," Bin Laden adds. "Our enemies did not take it by negotiations and dialogue but with fire and iron. And this is the way to get it back."

Neither message could be independently authenticated although security services around the world are now trying to assess if the messages are the recorded words of Osama bin Laden and when he might have issued his warnings.

Just a few months ago, a message from bin Laden would have rated among the top stories in any newspaper or on any newscast. Now, that’s just not the case. Most news organisations reported the messages but there didn’t seem a need for in-depth analysis or pundit panels about the imminent threat. Even security services seem less alarmed by bin Laden’s messages with one Italian security source telling Reuters.com: “Obviously we can't ignore it but at this moment that doesn't mean the threat is being taken seriously," the source said.

It gets you thinking. We debate this here at CNN but we’ve come up with no real definitive answers as of yet. When we cover bin Laden’s messages, do we give him too much credibility? Or given his iconic position as the head of al Qaeda, are we not taking his messages seriously enough?

But most importantly, to those who still see bin Laden as a guiding force for jihad, how do they interpret his messages? We’re still looking for those answers, and as always looking for your comments.


By Paula Newton, CNN’s International Security Correspondent.
The media making such a big deal out of Bin Ladens purported tapes simply give him the satisfaction of knowing he has people running scared which is what he wants
The words of Usamah bin Ladin must be read in the context of Salafi Jihadism, a new religious movement that is the "child" of its "parent" religion, Islam. This is a child that seeks to devour its parent.

His International Jihad is devoted to inciting polarization and chaos. First, populations must be incited to rage and violence in the name of self-defense. Violence begets chaos, which is the means of destroying a world in order to completely rebuild it. The Jihadist manual, "The Management of Savagery" explains al-Qaida's strategy.

In his recent videos bin Ladin's target audience is both Europeans and Muslims. He wants the former to mount attacks on Muslims in order to justify the "self-defense" of international jihad (war) against non-Muslims and apostates.

His words are swords, and their impact cannot be measured in ordinary terms. They must be analyzed in the context of a militant creed that wishes to destroy and rebuild the world as a more moral kingdom ruled by God's law. In this respect, bin Ladin and all theocrats have something in common.
Observer
To quote you "It gets you thinking. We debate this here at CNN but we’ve come up with no real definitive answers as of yet. When we cover bin Laden’s messages, do we give him too much credibility?"....In my opinion yes. Terrorism tries to instill fear in the general public. As far as the public is concerned Bin Laden would be more or less muted and were it not for the (western) media, his ramblings would not be heard by anyone. The spectrum of the most proliferated press, such as CNN, Reuters, BBC, Deutsche Welle and various newspapers on this continent and in Europe seem to quote what the other has reported about this subject. Not a single one, not even Al Jazeera mentions the original source which published Bin Ladens latest threats directly.
The only hint is in "Der Spiegel" which mentions the "Al Sahab" logo, which was visible in that presentation. It is therefore quite clear, that even major News agencies with all their research have difficulty finding any postings of Al Qaeda on the WWWeb...least of all any of us ordinary citizens. So yes, were it not for our media unwittingly doing for Al Qaeda what it can no longer do itself there would be no such propaganda even in existence....and Al Qaeda would actually have to carry out an attack....I also seriously doubt, that with todays security measures they would succeed if they announced it publicly first. But as it stands, looking at all those headlines in the press EVERYWHERE they don`t have to carry out any real attacks to unnerve the public. Terrorists and (violent) revolutionaries have to be seen doing something else they loose their followers...so, don`t make them visible!..To quote a commentary I heard "it is much like a bicycle, if it does not keep moving, it will fall over"....So, quit publishing the nonsense this demented criminal tries to spew in our faces and let him and his bike fall over....Thank you.
Saddam Hussein ordered terrorist attacks on Americans

Why the media's blackout on Saddam Hussein's vast support for Islamic anti American terrorists from CNN? Just curious why we hear endlessly about the costs of the war but NOT the costs of leaving Saddam in power.

Regime of Terror
Osama Bin Laden made headlines after 9/11 but though he still remains a house hold name, his popularity has waned with the media now strongly focussed on other figures such as Al Sadr,issues such as the war in Iraq,the Iran nuclear program,and yes,The Campaign trail which eats into a major part of TV time and is half of the printed news.The media should put a blanket ban on his threats to the public and allow the government to work undercover.This maniac craves attention and has managed to garner world wide support for his orgenization from mostly the poor and uneducated instilling in them an unbiased hatred for mankind.He needs to be pushed into oblivion.
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