Friday, January 20, 2006

Osama, Yo' Mama!

I don't know if you've read or heard the latest message by Osama Bin Laden, but Gene Veith points out a true and very frightening thing the terrorist said regarding Americans vs. jihadists. Just because Bin Laden is evil doesn't mean he's void of some wisdom. Here's the following post from Veith's "Osama Has a Point" :

For Osama bin Laden's message to the American people, click here.
He concludes:

"Failing to carry out jihad, which is called for in our religion, is a sin. The best death to us is in the shadows of swords. Don't let
your strength and modern arms fool you. They win a few battles but lose the war.
Patience and steadfastness are much better. We were patient in fighting the
Soviet Union with simple weapons for 10 years and we bled their economy and now
they are nothing. In that there is a lesson for you."

Osama basically draws on the much-heralded position in jihadist circles that Americans cannot take casualties, whereas the jihadists can. Kill a few Americans, according to the strategy, and public opinion in the US will demand their withdrawal. Here he pretty much nails the anti-war sentiment in this country. But he is also right about the necessity--for our side--of "patience and steadfastness."