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Bin Laden’s Papers

May 6, 2012 at 03:59:14 AM

With the U.S. government releasing 175 pages of documents seized in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, two things caught my attention:

(1) Fatah, the governing faction of the Palestinian Authority (Abbas and Fayyad) offered money to al-Qaeda "towards the purchase and manufacture of weapons." Al-Qaeda records state that the Palestinian leadership "has offered us funds, purportedly to [support] jihad, but there is another reason, namely their fear of becoming targets of our swords."

Israel has long contended a Palestinian-Al Qaeda connection, and the media has long tried to deny it. When an al-Qaeda cell was discovered in Gaza, Palestinians claimed that the Israeli Mossad had set it up as a fake. BBC trumpeted the Palestinian version with this headline: "Israel 'Faked al-Qaeda Presence.'"

(2) Another amazing thing to emerge from the confiscated papers showed how bin Laden himself pondered the merits of working with the American media. Bin Laden singled out his affinity for CBS, which he concluded was "close to being unbiased." Another al-Qaeda operative praised the CBS program, 60 Minutes, for its "good reputation."

Aish.com has documented the bias of 60 Minutes against Israel. But in al-Qaeda's eyes, they're doing a fine job. How's that for a ringing endorsement?

Published: May 6, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) Anonymous, May 6, 2012 9:11 PM

A lesson from Tanach here?

What caught my eye was bin Laden's perception that the Palestinian leadership was less interested in supporting his version of jihad than afraid of "becoming targets of our swords." Reminiscent of Melachim Beis/Kings II, when rulers of Israel and Judah falsely thought they could gain security by making alliances and sending tribute to nearby idolatrous nations. Didn't work then, doesn't work now -- for anybody.

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