Al-Qaeda has struck back in the battle of the bands going on between enemies of the United States. Acording to this Reuters report on MSNBC.com, an audio tape from Ayman al-Zawahri was delivered to an Arab television station.
“America has announced it will start putting on trial in front of military tribunals the Muslim detainees at Guantanamo and might sentence them to death,” said the voice, which Al Arabiya television identified as that of Zawahri.
“I swear in the name of God that the crusader America will pay a dear price for any harm it inflicts on any of the Muslim detainees.”
It was the first audiotape said to be by Zawahri “considered to be Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man” since May 21 when another tape sent to an Arabic television also made threats against the United States.
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Do we need to be concerned? Of course. But not any more than we did before the tape was released through Arabic television Al Arabiya.
What is it with all these audio tapes? Saddam. Osama. Once in a while some assorted henchmen. I understand why nothing live is broadcast, because, well, that would put those calling us “cowards” in danger. But can’t these people afford a camcorder? Even without mail-in rebates or MSN subscriptions, Best Buy has a wide variety of equipment that would fit the bill.
After we killed Saddam’s sons, there was quite a bit of doubt whether they were the real McCoys. Although intelligence often states that they think these tapes are genuine, doesn’t it strike you odd that it’s always some rough audio tape delivered in the dead of night by anonymous messengers? That’s the type of thing that should raise some doubt in people’s minds.
Saddam and Osama keep going back and forth, each working to put out their next album before the other. I mentioned back in April that Osama’s tapes remind me of AD/DC albums. You can’t tell which decade the lyrics are from. They all sound the same.