Sunday, September 09, 2007

Why is Osama still on the loose?

Osama bin Laden may well be "virtually impotent," as President Bush's national security adviser, Frances Townsend, put it today, rearing his revolting head only in the occasional formulaic terrorist propaganda video. But that's also not the point.

Bin Laden is a monster who masterminded the 9/11 attacks, a.k.a. the murders of nearly 3,000 Americans on U.S. soil. It's not enough just to keep him running from one hiding place to another, or to be satisfied because he hasn't struck again in the United States. Everything that is good and decent and just in the world cries out for him to be captured and held accountable.

In the famous words of a man who once commanded the world's respect before he got himself stuck in an intractable, seemingly never-ending Iraq debacle he doesn't know how to escape: "There is no question about it. This act will not stand. We will find those who did this, we will smoke them out of their holes, we will get them running, and we will bring them to justice."

Six years later, I can only hope those words still mean something.

2 Comments:

Blogger Eugene said...

New Osama video seems yet another forgery. Everyone needs Osama alive:
terrorists as symbolic leader and the US Administration - to avoid
scaling down the war on terror.
Obadiah Shoher rightly notes (
http://www.samsonblinded.org/news/osama-commemorates-911-1114 ) that
new Osama talks like a leftist university professor. I like Shoher's
analysis. No way a terrorist leader like Osama would use a speechwriter. Osama is famous
for his rhetoric.
Also, in the tape Osama both threatens America with attack (by
"proving" Americans polytheists) and offers (yet another time)
long-term coaching in Islam.
But his dyed beard makes me cautious. Islam's mujahedeen dye their
beards before battle.

5:59 AM  
Blogger King Cockfight said...

You forgot the part where he added "j/k."

Very key.

10:27 AM  

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