In his newest plea to get the world to stop beating up on his peps, Osama bin Laden man's up and takes sole responsibly to for the attacks on the World Trade Centers
"I am responsible for 11 September and the Taliban are not involved," said the al-Qaeda leader.
He thinks it's unfair that the US attacked Afghanistan and removed the Taliban from power
"...I am the only one responsible for it. The Afghan people and government knew nothing about it. America knows that," the al-Qaida leader said in the five-minute tape.
Um. Fine. So beside deflating Rosie O'Donnell and the 9/11 truthers, why make a tape from his hidey hole to admit this? In fact, why didn't he man up when he had the chance to prevent the invasion? He could have stepped forward then and allowed himself to be extradited to America for trial.
But he didn't.
Bin Laden credited himself and his mujahideen for defeating the Soviets in Afghanistan (forgetting or not knowing about the US role in their victory) and given that he declared war on the US, and did his best to provoke a shooting war, to what extent do you think he believed he could defeat the US in Afghanistan in the same way the Soviet Union was defeated?
He was likely shocked when he, al Qaida, and the Taliban got their asses kicked so thoroughly by a few hundred Special Operators and CIA agents.
Since then, the presence of US fighting forces grew as did the European NATO contingent.
Now that al-Qaeda's ass has also been kicked in Iraq, al Qaeda is refocusing on Afghanistan from their secure base in the Indian Country of Western Pakistan; Waziristan. But in order to win that battle, al Qaida needs to get enemy fighters to go away, or at least be reduced in number so that maybe they have a chance.
And that's what his new video is all about
From the Counterterrorism Blog
The commander of the Jihadi mother ship says the Afghans sustained the Soviet occupation for many years; hence he warns the European governments that their forces deployed in that country will be continuously attacked. That was the first salvo. Then he “informed” them that they’d made a tremendous mistake by deploying along with US troops and dislodging the Taliban in 2001.
Bin Laden likely doesn't like the fact that pro-American leaders have been elected in France and Germany.
"The American tide is ebbing, with God's help, and they will go back to their countries," he said, speaking of Europeans. "It is better for you to stand against your leaders who are dropping in on the White House, and to work seriously to lift the injustice against the believers."
He's thinking that sooner or later Americans will tire of the war in Afghanistan and he doesn't want them to be relieved by Europeans.
Two things come to my mind about this:
One is that al Qaida is barely holding on. His boast that he can hold on longer than we can is telling: I don't think he believes it, but he needs Europe to
Two is that Europe needs to be more vigilant than ever about terrorist attacks. As they get more desperate they are likely to try to repeat their success in Spain.
OBL and the Islamists are on the ropes. And they will fight like junkyard dogs to make a comeback.