NR: "We see Osama touching upon one of the key tenets of his classic, old-school brand of al Qaeda fighting philosophy."
March 14, 2009
Two hours after the "Breaking News" of the OBL tape, Michael is back to discuss it again with Don Lemon, and although they mostly cover the same issues, this time Michael is able to make the salient points.
DON LEMON: Osama bin Laden is supposedly back on the Internet with a new message. The al Qaeda leader's condemnation towards Israel is posted on an Islamic Web site. Bin Laden calls Israel's military operations in Gaza a, quote, "holocaust."
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OSAMA BIN LADEN, AL QAEDA LEADER (through translator): The holocaust of Gaza in the midst of this long siege is an important and historic event, an articulate tragedy which affirms the need for detachment of the Muslims from the hypocrites. It is not right that our condition after what happened in Gaza be like our condition prior to it.
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LEMON: CNN international correspondent Michael Ware joins us now.
Michael, the al Qaeda leader's condemnation towards Israel is posted on an Islamic Web site.
MICHAEL WARE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, indeed, it has been, Don. And this is the second time that we've heard from Osama bin Laden this year, the last time being in January, of course.
Look, let's face it. In the world of militant Islam, an attack on Israel clearly is a no-brainer. So, this really isn't a new development in terms of al Qaeda philosophy or its targets for attack. I mean, this is a very common current in the Middle East.
However, what we do see is the fact that firstly, Osama's made the statement. Just that alone in itself reminds us that he's still out there. Also, the al Qaeda media production unit, As-Sahab been has also proven its ongoing sophistication by releasing this statement with transcripts in English and Arabic, and English subtitles. So, it's not like we at the west have to subtitle because al Qaeda has done it for us. So, obviously, there's a message yet again to the west.
And finally, we see Osama touching upon one of the key tenets of his classic old- school brand of al Qaeda fighting philosophy, and that's the near enemy. Attacking these Arab governments that seem to either collude with the west or by their acquiescence allow the west and particularly Israel to operate as they do. So, he's called for attacks on, you know, the system within Egypt and he's also specifically called for further attacks in Iraq that could hope to spread to Jordan.
LEMON: All right. CNN International Correspondent Michael Ware -- Michael, thank you.
WARE: Thanks, Don.