November 01, 2004

MEMRI: Bin Laden Threatened Bush States

A new translation of Bin Laden's terror tape is threatening the states that vote for Bush. Any state that casts its electoral votes will be targeted, while the Kerry states will be passed over.

"Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or Al-Qa'ida. Your security is in your own hands, and any U.S. state that does not toy with our security automatically guarantees its own security." - Bin Laden, translated by MEMRI

This is a rather bald attempt to affect the election and manipulate the country into unseating Bush. It would also suggest that Bin Laden sees defeating either the incumbent generally or Bush specifically as a critical part of the jihad efforts.

This is a clear move to do to the US what he did in Spain: use the fear and dissent of terror attacks to affect the election. Consdering the fact that even France has run afoul of Islamist threats after so flatly opposing the war in Iraq, there is no point short of total surrender where Osama would be satisfied, and even that one is dubious at best.

I don't expect everyone to vote for Bush because of it, but certainly I hope that Democrats and lefties will restrain themselves from making smart aleck comments or actually enjoying Osama's threat against free elections.

A new translation of Bin Laden's terror tape is threatening the states that vote for Bush. Any state that casts its electoral votes will be targeted, while the Kerry states will be passed over.

"Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or Al-Qa'ida. Your security is in your own hands, and any U.S. state that does not toy with our security automatically guarantees its own security." - Bin Laden, translated by MEMRI

This is a rather bald attempt to affect the election and manipulate the country into unseating Bush. It would also suggest that Bin Laden sees defeating either the incumbent generally or Bush specifically as a critical part of the jihad efforts.

This is a clear move to do to the US what he did in Spain: use the fear and dissent of terror attacks to affect the election. Consdering the fact that even France has run afoul of Islamist threats after so flatly opposing the war in Iraq, there is no point short of total surrender where Osama would be satisfied, and even that one is dubious at best.

I don't expect everyone to vote for Bush because of it, but certainly I hope that anti-war nutcase righties and wannabe-peacenik lefties will restrain themselves from making smart aleck comments or actually enjoying Osama's threat against free elections.

As discovered by the Volokh Conspiracy, this is quite similar to Michael's Moore's comments from September 12, 2001:

In just 8 months, Bush gets the whole world back to hating us again. He withdraws from the Kyoto agreement, walks us out of the Durban conference on racism, insists on restarting the arms race — you name it, and Baby Bush has blown it all. . . . .

Many families have been devastated tonight. This just is not right. They did not deserve to die. If someone did this to get back at Bush, then they did so by killing thousands of people who DID NOT VOTE for him! Boston, New York, DC, and the planes' destination of California — these were places that voted AGAINST Bush! Why kill them? Why kill anyone? Such insanity...Let's mourn, let's grieve, and when it's appropriate let's examine our contribution to the unsafe world we live in.
- Michael Moore;
Winner: World's Worst Sense of Timing Award;
Grand Champion: Worst Eulogy Ever
So aside from Michael Moore, widely acknowledged as a worse representation of the Democrats than Kim Jung Il is of short people with poofy hair, hopefully most folks will recognize that being punished for your vote undermines the entire concept of a free, secret-ballot election. And note to the idiotic stereotypes: due to low voter turnout and the fact that no state was unanimous, and the simple occurrence of interstate travel, simply using airplanes flying from or to a Bush or Gore state is a relatively poor indication of how -or whether- one even voted. That's assuming, of course, we jumped off the Michael Moore deep end to feel that Bush voters are somehow guiltier than Gore voters.
Obviously Moore represents only the really loony people left and right that the mainstream Democrats like to appease and flirt with but overall disagree with. Thankfully most people have the sense to see how horrible this is.

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