(With apologies to Chris Rock)
Osama bin Laden certainly has a perfect sense of timing. Halloween is on Sunday. According to this FoxNews report, a videotape has surfaced with bin Laden referencing recent events and with a special message to the loves of his "life": Americans.
Multiple sources told FOX News that the 18-minute videotape is authentic and said its release was timed to coincide with Tuesday's presidential elections. Bin Laden makes reference to recent conflicts in Iraq and addresses the American people directly, sources said.
U.S. officials said the tape appears to have been made recently. Bin Laden is speaking from a lectern and he talks about threats to the United States and he says that President Bush will not protect the American people.(Emphasis mine.)
The choice remains, who to believe: the butcher of 9/11 or the president. Tough call. (Not.)
I've always looked in askance at those who made a big deal out of the uncertain fate of bin Laden. It's as if bringing forth his stinking corpse and dropping it in the middle of a presidential press conference would magically make every Islamist dismantle their suicide belts. (That press conference idea isn't bad, but I digress.)
Bin Laden isn't some apparition repelled by garlic and the sunrise. He's merely a man. An evil one, to be sure, and I'm not willing to refute that there are *certain* forces of evil that drive him or any other mass murderer.
However, whether he really is about to drop his latest fatwa upon us or this new video is a masterpiece of video technology and bin Laden is really "enjoying" his final reward, the War on Terrorists will not be hindered by it.
So welcome back to the spotlight, Osama. May you be a speedbump--past or future--under the continuation of the march.
(Thanks to LGF)
UPDATE: Trick or treat?
UPDATE: Bet this guy is heaping curses on the collective mustaches of ABC right now, for holding his terror tape back so that it ended up being drowned out by Osama's. BTW, the guy in the first tape sounds as though he hails from the vast sandy, arid expanse of Laguna Beach. Isn't Karl Rove from California?
"The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn."
--Martin Luther via C.S. Lewis, quoted in The Screwtape Letters
UPDATE: Do I know my accents or what?