Bergen: Tape shows Gaza conflict 'big deal' to bin Laden"
(CNN) -- Osama bin Laden's release of an audio message denouncing Israel's military offensive in Gaza signals the al Qaeda leader's priorities, CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen says.
On the tape, which became public Wednesday, bin Laden calls for jihad, or holy war, against Israel in response to its military campaign aimed at stopping Hamas rocket attacks.
It's unknown when the tape was made because the time lag between recording a bin Laden message and releasing it is usually about two weeks, said Bergen, a fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington and author of "The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader."
Pure psyops. Outraged at Israeli atrocities? Well, you're just like bin Laden, and a terrorist sympathizer to boot.
In the article cited above, Bergen does a great job of reiterating war-on-terror tropes and giving props to Bush, but he fails to mention the high probability that bin Laden is dead.
According to the Telegraph
, "bin Laden has not appeared in video footage since 2004."
There have been reports out of Pakistan and Afghanistan that he's dead, Benazir Bhutto claimed that Bin Laden was murdered
, and former CIA operative Robert Baer agrees that the Neocons' favorite bogeyman has left the earthly plane.
“Of Course Bin Laden is Dead”
Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008
An important news item that flew under the radar for the most part last week was the assertion from former CIA operative turned whistleblower Robert Baer that Osama Bin Laden is long dead.
The hugely respected intelligence & foreign policy expert told Terry Gross, host of National Public Radio show Fresh Air, “Of course he is dead, where are the DVDs? Bin Laden wouldn’t dye his hair, all these things can be manipulated.”
Baer, who has has previously publicly questioned the official story of the 9/11 attacks, continued “He hasn’t shown up, I’ve taken in the last month a poll of CIA officers who have been on his trail, and what astounded me was not a single one was sure he was alive or dead. They have no idea, I mean this man disappeared off the side of the earth.”
Baer, who’s previous book See No Evil was the basis for the film Syriana, asked “When in history has a country fought another country or another entity when the leader may be dead?” and warned that the so called war on terror could be an eternal war if the goal continues to be to capture Bin Laden.
Baer also warned that the war is shifting into Pakistan, a dangerous precedent that could see the vaguely defined conflict move anywhere.
But of course it could be an eternal war. That is why 9/11 and the myth of Osama were created. I wonder how much longer we will continue to see these fabricated messages designed to frame every atrocity of this resource war as a justified part of the "war on terror"?