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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

11/01/2004

Left unsaid

Osama bin Laden doesn't seem nearly so cocky in the unedited version of a videotape aired on al-Jazeera, complaining that the manhunt against him has hampered al Qaeda. AFP/Getty ImagesBin Laden the impotent / Opinion: Page 27 Osama bin Laden's newest tape may have thrust him to the forefront of the presidential election, but what was not seen was the cave-dwelling terror lord talking about the setbacks al Qaeda has faced in recent months.

Officials said that in the 18-minute long tape — of which only six minutes were aired on the al-Jazeera Arab television network in the Middle East on Friday — bin Laden bemoans the recent democratic elections in Afghanistan and the lack of violence involved with it.

On the tape, bin Laden also says his terror organization has been hurt by the U.S. military's unrelenting manhunt for him and his cohorts on the Afghan-Pakistani border.

A portion of the left-out footage includes a tirade aimed at President Bush and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, claiming the war in Iraq is purely over oil.
new york post
Maybe Al Jazeera has been taking editing lessons from the Fat Bastard.

Things have not been going so terribly wonderfully for OBL lately. The Afghanis seemed to rather enjoy elections. Fallujah is encircled by Marines. Yasser is ill. Johnny Cambodia thinks he's a nuisance.

Makes the cave look a little gloomy and OBL sounding distinctly Eeyorish. Which, I suppose, is better than being dead. But that will come.