Thoughts on New Bin Laden Tape
Posted by Joshua Price on September 8, 2007
I find it very interesting that all we continue to hear from the Bush Administration, specifically Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff and Bush’s terrorism adviser Fran Townsend, is that there is no “overt threat” in the new videotape from Osama Bin Laden.
The administration and the media continue to focus on the propaganda aspect of the tapes released by Bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders. Bin Laden does not release tapes for the heck of it.
Though I don’t agree with everything Michael Scheuer says, he is dead on when it comes to Bin Laden and al-Qaeda. He believes there is an implicit threat in the tape in that Bin Laden has reiterated that essentially the only way to stop the attacks is to convert to Islam. That’s all Bin Laden has to do continue having his attacks justified in the Islamic world.
Scheuer knows what he’s talking about. Studying Bin Laden was his job for quite a while. He understands the enemy. I do find it curious as to why Bin Laden actually mentions Scheuer and his book in the latest tape.
The bottom line here is that I am very concerned about this. I don’t believe this administration when they say there is no increased threat. Bin Laden doesn’t release tapes for the heck of it. Knowing this, and the fact the the latest National Intelligence Estimate believes there are al-Qaeda members inside this country, worries me.
Finally, I’ve heard that it is common for Arabic men to dye their beards when they begin to gray, but we have seen Bin Laden multiple times with his predominately gray beard, why did he recently change the color? Is that a sign? I don’t know, but it’s certainly worth pondering.
As a reminder, you can check out all three parts of our interview with Michael Scheuer by scrolling below this post on our homepage.