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Bin Laden: The Movie

by | 11th, September 2003

‘TODAY is the second anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon – and to commemorate the date Osama Bin Laden has released a special video.

Is THIS Lord Lucan?

The short film was aired on Al Jazeera TV and showed the bearded Arsenal fan wandering through the mountains with his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri in a kind of Arabic version of Hugh Hudson’s famous Kinnock: The Movie.

However, what the terrorist mastermind has to say is far more pernicious than anything that came out of the mouth of the Welsh windbag, if equally as unintelligible.

‘I say to them, he who fears climbing mountains will live in pits and holes,’ Bin Laden says, in what sounds like an extract from his speech at the launch of the al-Qaeda Mountaineering Club.

In another extract, he says: ‘He who is not persuaded to kill should leave the path open.’

And in a further extract, a voice (probably that of al-Zawahiri) urges followers to ‘devour the Americans as lions devour their prey’.

In other words, be on the look-out for indecisive abseiling cannibals.

The Times says Bin Laden looked ‘thin but well’ in the tape, which was apparently recorded in April or early May and is his first new release since December 13 2001.

His beard even seemed less grey than in previous videos, suggesting that even in the remote mountainous region between Afghanistan and Pakistan there were adequate supplies of Grecian 2000.

Meanwhile, President Bush has released his own message to mark the anniversary of 9/11, although he omitted to mention Bin Laden by name (presumably to hide US embarrassment at the failure to capture him).

‘The forces of global terror cannot be appeased and they cannot be ignored,’ he said. ‘They must be hunted, they must be found and they will be defeated.’

President Bush’s video has yet to be analysed properly, but early indications are that it is probably genuine.

However, the inclusion of a three-syllable word in the speech has cast doubt on its authenticity.’

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