A preliminary notice was furnished concerning a forthcoming message from Osama bin Laden was posted on on a web site that normally is aware of any messages he wishes to convey to the world. “Soon, if God allows, the lion sheik, Osama bin Laden, may God protect him, (will give) a message to the European nations.” His last message was addressed to the people of Iraq and urged them to unite and fight Americans. There is increasing evidence, al-Qaeda is continually encountering rising negative feeling from many places in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq where people are sick and tired of the mindless killings committed by this organization. Exactly, what he wishes to convey to the people of Europe is unclear. He most probably will make another threat, but his organization is being weakened as even former militants now call for an end to violence.
In a sense, Osama bin Laden, has been helped for years by the inept Bush policies which antagonize large segments of the Muslim world and create a desire among some Muslims to engage in Jihad. However, al-Qaeda is losing the war for the minds and hearts of Muslims because its strategy of killing Muslims is backfiring and all the messages from bin Laden will not change what people now know about his terrorist organization– it is an organization based on senseless killing of the innocent.
The Russian government continues to be upset at American plans to establish missile bases in the Czech Republic and Poland. Leonid Slutsky, of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee, claimed that American proposals fell far short of “real cooperation” and would not lead Russia to abandon its threat of suspending a key provision of a European arms agreement. The Russian government believes the United States has gone back on its word to work out a true cooperative solution to the problem.
This entire “problem” was created when the Bush administration decided there was need for missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic to guard the world against some unknown entity that wanted to fire missiles in that direction. The only two logical nations who might fall into the category of the “enemy” are North Korea and Iran. North Korea has already reached agreements with the United States about its nuclear and missile programs and Iran doesn’t possess the capability of attacking Western Europe. One might also raise the simple question as to whether or not this is a European Union issue, not one concerning the United States. Russia has indicated its willingness to cooperate and even place a missile defense system on its own territory. The failure of the Bush administration to develop this offer is merely another example of its ineptness, and success in making other nations doubt that America seeks peace.
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