The NY Post has the lowdown on the full 18 minutes of the Osama tape (of only 6 were shown on Al Jazeera). It sounds like Osama is distressed at the many setbacks dealt to him and his organization over the last 3 years:
October 31, 2004 -- 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. 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.
Poor, poor Osama. I'll bet he's suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Maybe he can sponsor a Soprano's-like TV show, so that we can get a sympathetic view of the trials and tribulations of being a homicidal, megalomaniacal, fanatical, cave-dwelling parasite . I'm sure there's a niche market for it.
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