Saturday, September 23, 2006

Bin Laden Sick or Dead?

GOI: If true, it looks like Sith Lord Rove's October surprise has been busted. I'm sure (again if it's true) I wouldn't be surprised to hear the Bush crowd try and take credit for him dying of a water born illness. I can hear it now, "You see we had him on the run so that he had to live in remote areas without access to medical care. So you see we are responsible for him contracting a serious illness that he could not treat."

The Saudi's are the ultimate source of this news and we all know that they are in the pockets of the Bush family. So I wouldn't be surprised if they are releasing this information to force bin Laden to make another tape proving he is alive. And maybe the Bush admin/Republicans are banking that American's seeing another tape of bin Laden alive would affect the mid-term elections as the bin Laden tape before the 2004 elections did.

PARIS, France (CNN) -- Osama bin Laden has a water-borne illness, a Saudi intelligence source told CNN on Saturday, a report that conflicts with an article in a French newspaper saying that the al Qaeda leader is dead.

The Saudi intelligence source told CNN's Nic Robertson that there have been credible reports for the past several weeks that bin Laden is ill, but there has been no word of his death.

Laid Sammari, the journalist who wrote the article, told CNN in a telephone interview he was confident of the authenticity of the confidential document cited in his report.

He said the only thing the Saudis were trying to confirm was the burial place of the al Qaeda leader, before making an official announcementFrom Time:

"This is not a rumor," says the source. "He is very ill. He got a water-related sickness and it could be terminal. There are a lot of serious facts about things that have actually happened. There is a lot to it. But we don't have any concrete information to say that he is dead."

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7 comments:

Kvatch said...

Damn! You and I are so on the same page with this rumor. Below is my comment at Xsociate Files:

Rove will try to spin this to the GOP advantage.

MSM Mouthpiece: "Mr. Rove, doesn't it look bad for the administration that Osama bin Laden was never taken into US custody?"

The Turd Blossom: "No at all. We forced him into hiding where his death from typhus, away from the medical care that could have saved his life, was almost a certainty."


Guess I would have said it here first, but I was going backwards through Bloglines this morning. :-)

james said...

Kvatch:

As they say, "Great minds think alike." :)

Lynne said...

As if this will make any difference at all. We have created 100 Osamas to take his place.

thepoetryman said...

"I- I- I'm not that concerned about him."

Really?

james said...

Lynne:

Yep, thanks to Bush and his ilk.

TPM:

Yeah, it's like, "Osama who? Oh yeah that guy. Is he still alive? I totally spaced that one." Yes you did Mr. President.

Snave said...

Hey, after all, Bush said "dead or alive" when he talked about getting Osama. So if he's dead, what difference does it make? The pathetic Bushfolk will find a way to say they did it, like the GOP likes to say Reagan ended the Cold War.

It sure has been convenient to have Osama around, that is, if you are in the GOP leadership. All you have to do to garner votes is trot out an image of him, and hammer the phrase "9-11" into the ears and minds of listeners over and over and over. The voters will quake in their boots! "My gawd, if we don't vote for Bush and the Republicans, we will surely all get attacked and die!!!"

Not having Bin Laden around probably wouldn't make much difference to the GOP. As Lynne says, "As if this will make any difference at all. We have created 100 Osamas to take his place." I like to think it might actually be more like about a thousand or more.

Even if he is dead, he will live on as a hero to disgruntled Islamic fundamentalists. His memory alone will create multitudes of others like him. And if he IS dead, the GOP will be sure to keep his memory alive for their purposes of fearmongering.

He might also live on as a symbol of the Bush administration's two flawed terms in office. This is something the left needs to hammer home.

james said...

Snave:

You are quite right. He will live on as a martyr for generations of extremist jihadists to come.

He will gone down as one of the most infamous figures of human history.

His cult of personality is solidified and will most likely only grow after his death.

He is their heroe after all as he has hit the sleeping giant in the mouth and lived on to talk about it.

Everyday that he survives is a slap in the face to all Americans and especially to the memories of those who lost their lives on 9/11.

The Bush adventure in Iraq has only made things worse regarding al Qaeda and terrorism in general. We will be dealing with the damage caused by invading Iraq and not focusing on bin Laden and the Taliban for generations to come.

History will not be kind to Bush and his cronies.