Jewish World Review April 10, 2003 / 8 Nisan, 5763

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He's baaack --- and his terror tactics deserve an 'F'


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | With American war efforts going better than anyone expected -- well anyone other than George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Don Rumsfeld that is -- I guess we should have expected Osama bin Laden's name to turn up again in the news.

A tape has turned up of a man claiming to be Osama urging all Arabs to fight coalition forces in Iraq. Now, intelligence officials say it's too early to judge whether the tape is authentic, so instead of analyzing his words, let's judge his actions instead.

Now, grading his terror tactics in terms of effectiveness, the real deal is this thug gets an "F." Eighteen months ago Osama bin Laden launched a vicious attack on the World Trade Centers. Now, the Saudi-born terrorist told the world that the suicide bombings were in retaliation for American troops being stationed in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War.

OK, well, so Osama blew up the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon killing over 3,000 civilians and wrecking our economy to keep the U.S. out of his backyard.

So, how effective was his strategy?

Well, judging by recent events, not so effective at all. Look at the facts today: A year and a half later, bin Laden and his Taliban thugs have been flushed out of Afghanistan and they've been since scattering like cockroaches across the third world.

Now, American troops are swarming into Baghdad. They're sweeping across the region and the United States is having more influence over affairs in the Middle East than any time in our history.

Whoops, can you say catastrophic miscalculation, Osama? I didn't think you could.

For me, it's hard to imagine how any action in the history of the Middle East has ever backfired on its actor as much as the actions on September 11th have backfired on Osama bin Laden. Osama and his band of merry terrorists can be certain of one thing, if they dare launch another terrorist attack on America, the world can be assured that American troops will sweep into the country or countries that are acting directly or indirectly to support al Qaeda's efforts.

Syria and Iran, you've already been warned by Rummy and, if I were you, I wouldn't screw around with this guy because between you and me, I'm pretty sure he means business.

But don't ask me - ask Saddam Hussein if he isn't dead or Chemical Ali if he isn't already dead or, Osama, you can ask your buddy Khalid Mohammed if you can find him in prison.

Meanwhile, a message to those of you who continue to preach hate in the name of Islam, sending young boys to their ultimate deaths, as General John Kelly said of the newest Osama recruits in the war: "They stand, they fight, and sometimes they run when we engage them, but too often they run into our machine guns and we shoot them down like the morons they are."

Now, the same could be said for Osama bin Laden's bloody plan to remove American influence from the Middle East.

From where American troops are sitting tonight, it's impossible to imagine how Osama bin Laden could have misjudged America's willingness to fight evil anymore than he did on that fateful day back in September of 2001.

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Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) serves as a regular contributor to MSNBC, providing on-air commentary and analysis. He also serves as host on MSNBC Reports. Comment by clicking here.



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