Hiding somewhere in the mountains around the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden lashed out at the European Union and warned its leaders that terrible punishment awaited those who supported publication of the infamous Danish cartoons. “Your publications of these drawings-part of a new crusade in which the Pope of the Vatican had a significant role- is a confirmation from you that the war continues” he said in a mesage specifically addessed to “those who are wise at the European Union.” He insisted the cartoons were an example of “testing Muslims” and “the answeer will be what you shall see and not what you shall hear. May our mothers lose us to death if we did not rise in defence of the messenger of God.”
The al-Qaeda leader apparently regards publicaiton of the cartoons as a graver offence than “bombing of modest villages” that resulted in the deah of women and children. Perhaps, in those lonely nights since the cartoons appeared there were heated discussions around camp fires about the retaliation that must be accomplished for placing cartoons in a newspaper. One can only wonder how the villagers who lost relatives feel about Osama’s comment the deaths suffered were of lesser concern than publication of some silly cartoons.