Center for Strategic Communication

by Steven R. Corman

Here is an interesting (if somewhat frenetic) post in which Dr. Shackleford makes an interesting argument about the potential demise of bin Laden. He points out that all of OBL’s comments in the recent video could be from 2005 when the Danish cartoons were originally published. Why, he asks, didn’t he mention the republication of the cartoons?

Gee, that’s a pretty good point. If the original publishers went

overboard in your unbelief and freed yourselves of the etiquettes of dispute and fighting and went to the extent of publishing these insulting drawings

as OBL claims, then isn’t republishing them even more grievous? Given that the republication happened over a month ago it’s not like mentioning it would have taxed the production cycle of As-Sahab, which is more or less a guy with a laptop.

Even stranger, says Shackleford, why is it that a video to be released on March 19 says nothing about the five year anniversary of the Iraq invasion? All good questions. He concludes

Case closed: Osama bin Laden is dead!

Even if you don’t buy that argument the post is worth visiting for the transcript and link to the actual video that it contains.