Thursday, February 13, 2003

Misleading the Public: Osama Wants Saddam Dead
"On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell dropped a bombshell at a Congressional hearing on Iraq and revealed that he had a transcript of an "upcoming" audio message from Osama bin Laden that betrays the links between bin Laden and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. However, the White House may have put its foot in its mouth this time around.

"The voice alleged to be bin Laden's in the audio message also called for the spilling of Saddam's blood: "His blood is halal." This wording is used to indicate what is permissive or legally allowed for the killing of a usurper or criminal. The audio message also called forth the overthrow of governments supporting the U.S. – Nigeria, Morocco, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. If bin Laden is effectively calling on Muslim Iraqis to overthrow Saddam and that Saddam is irrelevant in the coming war and Iraqis should not fight for him, how then can the U.S. administration use this message to prove Saddam and al-Qaeda are linked?"

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