December 27, 2004

Elvis Bin Laden says Iraqi voters are infidels in new tape

Osama Bin Laden climbed out of his hole via audio tape today to issue another tirade against the West, and called on Iraqis to stay away from the polls in next month's scheduled elections.

The new tape, together with one that appeared online earlier this month, continues a new political slant adopted by the al-Qaida leader, whose past proclamations have been more a call to arms than a promotion of a cause. They appear to back up recent suggestions by Middle East experts that bin Laden may be trying to become more of a political leader than a terrorist.

The voice on the tape described al-Zarqawi as the "emir," or prince, of al-Qaida in Iraq and said Muslims there should "listen to him."

The man speaking on the tape also referred to an October statement in which al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian, declared allegiance to bin Laden and changed his group's name to al-Qaida in Iraq. The speaker called that "a great step on the path of unifying all the mujahedeen in establishing the state of righteousness and ending the state of injustice."

The voice on the tape broadcast Monday sounded like bin Laden's and the statement used language that appeared to conform with previous statements by the Saudi-born terror mastermind. However, there was no way to independently confirm the speaker's identity.

The recorded voice insisted that those that participate in next month's elections for new leadership in Iraq would be considered infidels.
The speaker condemned those elections.

"In the balance of Islam, this constitution is infidel and therefore everyone who participates in this election will be considered infidels," he said. "Beware of henchmen who speak in the name of Islamic parties and groups who urge people to participate in this blatant apostasy."

He apparently was referring to Shiite clerics, particularly Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who have issued edicts saying participating in the election was a "religious duty."

It is well past time that this moron was on the receiving end of "the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch," that "thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy..."
(More coverage from The Jawa Report, In The Bullpen & others)

Posted by mhking at December 27, 2004 09:53 PM

Why are you bringing Elvis into this in your heading? It's totally irrelevant. Elvis was an American patriot, and also didn't comment publicly about politics.

Posted by: Simon Jones at December 28, 2004 02:28 AM

Mr. King, delightful article. Interesting that Bin Laden is "trying" to become a political leader. I guess that since Hitler was the epitome of fascism, and bin Laden is the "new fascist" it seems appropriate that he tries to go political and win what he can't win militarily.

Posted by: GMRoper at December 28, 2004 07:59 AM

Loved your comment, Michael.
And Bin Landen's sounding more like the Knight that said, "come back here you coward, and I'll bite your head off!"

Posted by: Fausta at December 28, 2004 08:35 AM

Its not Osama you gullible dumb asses...just like the last video was not Osama.

You people are the stuff psy-op dreams are made of...

Posted by: Locutus at December 28, 2004 05:50 PM

The Bushies need Osama to remain viable! Otherwise they would be called out for their failed leadership skills. Without war, a republican is lost.

Posted by: Jacob at December 29, 2004 08:08 PM
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