Last bin Laden tape emerges

The US may not be doing a great job of supporting the spring uprisings in north Africa and the Middle East, but al Qaida has been even worse. Not only have the uprisings rejected the extreme violence that is commonly used by al Qaida, but they have been home grown without US or al Qaida influence. The Guardian:

The message, recorded some time in the 10 weeks before the 54-year-old al-Qaida leader was killed in Pakistan on 2 May, praises the Arab spring protest movements across the Middle East and predicts that revolutions will spread.

“I think that the winds of change will blow over the entire Muslim world, God willing,” Bin Laden said in the 12-minute clip.

The video message contains only an audio track and an old photo of the terrorist leader, probably indicating it was designed to be edited with images but that al-Qaida media technicians were either unable to do so or that a decision was taken to upload the tape quickly.

On a positive note, the US is finally coming around to support change in the Arab world (in some countries, at least) so someone finally is starting to understand what has happened. Now the goodwill needs to spread to other countries such as Bahrain. Moments like this don’t occur every year.


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