Friday, March 21, 2008

Comment & Analysis: Bin Laden calls for holy war to liberate Palestinians

Comment: Cairo, Egypt (AP) - Osama bin Laden lashed out Thursday at Palestinian peace negotiations with Israel and called for a holy war to liberate the Palestinian lands.

[Analysis: What "peace negotiations?" The Palestinian Arabs have yet to budge from their demands from the start of the Oslo Experiment, so there have yet to be any "peace" negotiations.

What "Palestinian lands?" There were never any lands that could have been considered "Palestinian lands" until Israel turned over parts of the disputed portions of the British Mandate to the Palestinian Authority; since those areas remain under the mismanagement of the Palestinian Arabs, there are no "Palestinian lands" to "liberate."]

Comment: A day after a bin Laden audio on a militant Web site threatened Europeans, Al-Jazeera TV broadcast audio excerpts attributed to the al-Qaida leader that urge Palestinians to ignore political parties "mired in trickery of the blasphemous democracy" and to rely on armed might.

"Palestine cannot be retaken by negotiations and dialogue, but with fire and iron," he said.

[Analysis: One cannot "retake" what one has never had; thus "Palestine" cannot be "retaken" by the Palestinian Arabs by any means.

The article does not point out what bin Laden is really referring to, destroying multicultural, democratic Israel, the only bastion of progressive, Western values in the Middle East.]

Comment: It was the first time bin Laden spoke of the Palestinian question at length since the deteriorating situation in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, where the Israeli military has been fighting with militants who fire rockets into Israel.

[Analysis: The Associated Press scrupulously avoids using the more accurate term "terrorists" and also avoids noting where in Israel the rockets are aimed: at purely civilian towns and cities such as Sderot and Ashkelon.]

Comment: Bin Laden added that Palestinians who are unable to fight in the "land of Al-Quds" - a Muslim reference to Jerusalem - should join the al-Qaida fight in Iraq.

"The nearest field of jihad today to support our people in Palestine is the Iraqi field," he said. He also called on the people of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to "help in support of their mujahedeen brothers in Iraq, which is the greatest opportunity and the biggest task.

[Analysis: Between the lines, this comment sheds more light on the reality that, regardless of what one believes regarding America's overthrow of the brutal Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, it has been Arab and Muslim terrorists who are behind the instability, terrorism and murder.]

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