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.