Why are journalists making a big thing about his threat against civilians? (photo: when the bearded idiot used to make videos, too)
When covering the story all the major networks have led on the part of the cassette tape which threatens western citizens. The Los Angelis Times for instance:
“…he said members of the Western public shared responsibility for the actions of their governments because they "are renewing their allegiance to its rulers and master" — an apparent implication that civilians could be targeted.’
Two things: firstly, what is new in that? Al-Qaeda type lunacy has always targeted civilians. Look what they are doing in Iraq. Look what they did in New York on 9/11. Nothing new in that at all.
Secondly: the commentators are saying that this statement puts civilians more at risk. They imply that there is some connection between what Bin Laden says and atrocities that happen in the West against civilians.
But this is not so. Bin Laden in particular and al-Qaeda in general (whatever that is) had nothing do to do with the bombs in London, for instance. And Madrid?
Why do we constantly exaggerate the role of a man who lives in a cave, recording gibberish into a cassette recorder every now and then?