Friday 4 May 2012

"I used to be a terrorist leader, y'know"

For anyone who has not yet seen the 17(selected) items of Osama bin Laden's correspondence, seized from his Abbottabad compound and released yesterday by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, you can find them here, along with a study of the items. According to CTC: "The earliest is dated September 2006 and the latest April 2011.  These internal al-Qa`ida communications were authored by several  leaders, most prominently Usama bin Ladin. In contrast to his public statements that focused on the injustice of those he believed to be the “enemies” of Muslims, namely corrupt “apostate” Muslim rulers and their Western “overseers,” the focus of Bin Ladin’s private letters is Muslims’ suffering at the hands of his jihadi “brothers”. He is at pain advising them to abort domestic attacks that cause Muslim civilian casualties and focus on the United States, “our desired goal.” Bin Ladin’s frustration with regional jihadi groups and his seeming inability to exercise control over their actions and public statements is the most compelling story to be told on the basis of the 17 de-classified documents."
You almost feel sorry for the poor old sod. Didn't he realise that the only reason any of his 'brothers' were interested in him was his money? When that was gone he was worthless.

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