Monday, November 01, 2004

For a want of a translator a jihad was lost 

It gives a whole new meaning to "targeting the swing states." It seems that the media has initially misconstrued this part of Osama's recent speech:
"Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or Al Qaeda. Your security is in your hands. Each state that doesn't mess with our security has automatically secured their security."
According to MEMRI, this is what Osama is really saying:
"Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or Al-Qa'ida. Your security is in your own hands, and any U.S. state that does not toy with our security automatically guarantees its own security."
So, Osama is not threatening the United States as a whole but only those states which will vote for Bush on November 2. According to an Islamist website Al-Qal'a, also translated by MEMRI:
"This message was a warning to every U.S. state separately. When he [Osama Bin Laden] said, 'Every state will be determining its own security, and will be responsible for its choice,' it means that any U.S. state that will choose to vote for the white thug Bush as president has chosen to fight us, and we will consider it our enemy, and any state that will vote against Bush has chosen to make peace with us, and we will not characterize it as an enemy. By this characterization, Sheikh Osama wants to drive a wedge in the American body, to weaken it, and he wants to divide the American people itself between enemies of Islam and the Muslims, and those who fight for us, so that he doesn't treat all American people as if they're the same. This letter will have great implications inside the American society, part of which are connected to the American elections, and part of which are connected to what will come after the elections."
What's the saying ? "Lost in translation"? An interesting threat - an intra-state version of the ceasefire/divide-and-conquer offer/ultimatum given by Osama to Europe a few months ago - alas, it won't have any electoral impact in the US, since the public has no clue what Osama really meant.

A cave hire - $5

New robes - $100

A camcoder - $500

Having your tape played by every major network a few days before the election - better publicity than another terrorist attack somewhere in Yemen

Making sure the infidels understand what you're actually saying - priceless.

(Hat tip: Powerline)


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