Sunday, April 23, 2006

The blind misleading the blind

Bin Laden wants to convert, subdue and humiliate, or kill the unbelieving world (including the BBC) until all religion is for Allah, the article's Related Links demonstrate Islam's global commitment to this goal, but all the BBC can come up with is "Boost for Bush?"

And too many uncritically accept such non sequiturs. West is on crusade: 'Bin Laden':
The West's moves to isolate the new Hamas-led Palestinian government prove it is at war with Islam, a tape attributed to Osama Bin Laden declares.

The tape also described the situation in Iraq and Sudan's troubled Darfur region as further evidence that a "Zionist-crusader war" was being waged.

The recording was broadcast by Arab satellite TV al-Jazeera on Sunday.

If confirmed, it is the first message from Bin Laden since January 2006, when he threatened more attacks on the US.

...The authenticity of the tape has yet to be independently verified.

The speaker on the tape said that along with their governments, the people of the West bear responsibility for what he called a "Zionist-crusader war against Islam".

"The war is a responsibility shared between the people and the governments. The war goes on and the people are renewing their allegiance to its rulers and masters," he said.

"They send their sons to armies to fight us and they continue their financial and moral support while our countries are burned and our houses are bombed and our people are killed."

He said that the decision by some Western powers to cut funding to the Palestinian government since the militant group Hamas won elections there was further proof of this anti-Islamic campaign.

"The blockade which the West is imposing on the government of Hamas proves that there is a Zionist-crusader war on Islam," the tape said.

...The speaker also criticised Western involvement in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan saying it was part of the "crusades against Islam" and called for militants to journey there to join the fight.

"I call on mujahideen and their supporters, especially in Sudan and the Arab peninsula, to prepare for long war again the crusader plunderers in Western Sudan," the voice said. "Our goal is not defending the Khartoum government but to defend Islam, its land and its people."

Bin Laden was based in Sudan until he was expelled following US pressure on Khartoum.

He then moved to Afghanistan and is now believed to be hiding in the mountains on the Pakistani side of their shared border.

But successive operations involving coalition troops inside Afghanistan and Pakistani forces along their side of the border have so far failed to track down the al-Qaeda leader.

Here are headlines (links removed) of stories related to the bin Laden article demonstrating its larger historical context--Islam's great war against Humanity--to which the BBC seems blind:
Moussaoui can face death penalty
Moussaoui 'hid 9/11 plot details'
US rebuffs Bin Laden 'truce call'
US convicts man of al-Qaeda plot
'Millennium plotter' gets 22 years
Spain wraps up 9/11 terror trial

Terror threat remains global
Analysis: Key player seized
Pakistan's 'al-Qaeda' catch
The Hamburg connection
Q&A: Moussaoui trial
Q&A: Geneva rules
Hunt for Bin Laden
Timeline: Al-Qaeda
All the BBC can see is President's Bush's potential political opportunism:
Boost for Bush?
A message from the al-Qaeda leader may help the US president at home and abroad.