Even though I'm extremely busy today and tomorrow, I had thought to write up something about bin Laden's latest audiotape on Iraq. There's already been quite a bit said about it, usually along the lines of bin Laden's admitting al-Qaeda's current dismal condition in Iraq. I suspected that there was more going on, given the huge amount of discussion and commentary in the forums lately about the future of the Islamic State of Iraq, Hareth al-Dhari's recent controversial statement that al-Qaeda was not beyond the pale, and the interesting reaction to the tape by the new Political Council of the Iraqi Resistance. But all I had was the al-Jazeera excerpts, like most everyone else. So I went to download the full tape, at the suggestion of a friend, and found this included in the al-Sahab release:
ملاحظة / ننشر
هذه الكلمة كاملة بعد ما اعتراها من تزييف للحقائق و تحوير للمقاصد و
تلبيس للأهداف من قناة الجزيرة الفضائية التي ضربت بعرض الحائط جميع أسس
الشرف المهني الاعلامي .
(English and exciting colors in the original). Maybe I'll listen to the whole thing before offering any commentary.