Jewish World Review Dec. 31, 2004 / 19 Teves, 5765
Bin Laden issues New Year's resolutions
Promises not to be so bossy in 2005
In a tape broadcast on New Year's Eve by the Arabic-language al Jazeera network, international terror mastermind Osama bin Laden issued a detailed list of his New Year's resolutions, with "Try not to be so bossy" topping the list.
"Try to go at least one month without ordering a jihad," Mr. bin Laden was seen saying on the tape. "You're getting to sound like a broken record with this 'jihad, jihad, jihad' business."
The Saudi madman also indicated that a high-priority resolution for 2005 would be to "stop calling everybody an infidel."
"If all you have to say about somebody is that he's an infidel, it's better not to say anything at all," Mr. bin Laden added.
The al-Qaeda terror chief then showed that he was wearing a rubber band around his right wrist, telling his worldwide audience that he was prepared to snap the rubber band every time he said "jihad" or "infidel" in 2005.
"Quitting smoking was a cinch compared to this," he ruefully predicted.
At the Central Intelligence Agency, analyst Steven Brookby said that while the conciliatory tone of Mr. bin Laden's latest tape was welcome, the world's most wanted man had a questionable record of keeping his New Year's resolutions in the past.
"Let's not forget, this is the same man who, last year at this time, said he would do a better job of trimming his beard," he said.
Elsewhere, Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich congratulated his rival Viktor Yushchenko on winning the nation's second presidential election but challenged him to two out of three.
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