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Osama bin Laden Releases New Single Threatening Europe

Osama bin Laden took a break from condemning America, instead taking aim at the European Union and the Catholic Church. In an audio tape tentatively attributed to the fugitive terrorist, his first message of 2008, bin Laden threatened the European Union "grave punishment" for publishing offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. His new single is titled: "The Response Will Be What You See, Not What You Hear."

In 2006, 50 people were killed after a Danish newspaper republished cartoons of the Prophet with a bomb as a turban. Many saw the cartoons as an attack on Islam. Enraged by the infamous cartoons, bin Laden called them a part of a "new crusade" and accused Pope Benedict XVI of being involved.

Are you troubled by this new tape? Do you think the constant reminder that bin Laden is still at-large gives his followers motivation to keep fighting?

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remedios remedios 9 years
woot!
remedios remedios 9 years
ignorance rules!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
janneth- :ROTFL:
leena1950 leena1950 9 years
its true alot of European countries hate america.. i used to live in london.. and since i got an american accent i was easily distinguished from others. they really hated americans.
janneth janneth 9 years
I hope Bush doesn't read this story. He might get confused and invade Denmark.
sophia_HL sophia_HL 9 years
The French hate everyone, you shouldn't let it bother you.
NYFashionista NYFashionista 9 years
xSofiex- I don't believe that people here said that they HATE Europe but we're discussing how we aren't looked upon fondly by most non-Americans. These may be generalizations and I understand your point, but what most of us were trying to do was share our experiences (and I made my point as a result of talking to MANY non-Americans- again both in Asia and Europe- and watching/reading the news in these countries). Wherever I go I feel as though I'm expected to defend my country's choices as if they were my own. I don't think you can deny that America's reputation has been severely tarnished in the last 7 years and as a result, Americans are expected to provide answers for our government's mistakes. Julius, I certainly hope November 5 will bring about the change we need!
JuliusCaesar JuliusCaesar 9 years
Wow, so many posts! I don't think Europeans hate America, I certainly don't. I do however strongly dislike the Bush administration, which is a belief that resonates strongly with many of my countrymen.So it may look like Europe hates the Us but wait till November 5th - all will be good again :D
syako syako 9 years
the world needs to :hug: then go :mob: osama
XSofieX XSofieX 9 years
I'm quite surprised by all the hatred towards Europe... yes there are people here who disagree with your president (just like many people disagree with European leaders) but that doesn't mean that we HATE the US and I certaintly hope that people don't see Europe as one single country with the same opinion! Also, saying that an entire part of the world is anti-America is the same as saying that all americans are anti-Islam or that Asia is anti-America etc. Its very wrong to label millions of people like that and please lets get past WWII and work together now instead of blaming each other for past behaviour! Isn't Osama Bin Laden (and by that I don't mean Islam) the mutual threat now?
indielove indielove 9 years
One main reason people abroad 'loved' Americans is because when they go overseas, they spend money, money that was of real value at one point. Not anymore. Not when GBP is over twice as valuable as USD. I'm sure there's not too many Americans vacationing in England or Europe right now. The EUR is over 1.6 times more valuable than the USD.
indielove indielove 9 years
"THIS is why it is important to distinguish between Iraq, Iran, and Al Queda!" ABSOLUTELY.
mandy_frost mandy_frost 9 years
To those who said France and Europe, please stop. I'm sure you know, but France is PART OF Europe. I loved the days of Freedom Fries. It was back in simpler times --2004. I was a wee 21/22 year old, and Kerry was running for President. His wife, Teresa, was heir to the Heinz fortune. I thought it was HILARIOUS to dip my freedom fries in Heinz ketchup. In other news, yes, of course I hate Osama. However, I think he makes tapes for two reasons -- one: to get a reaction from the West (US and Western Europe). We do react every time. Second, I think he does it to motivate his folks. I think they adore him and think he is a great leader. I think that they do not know what is right and think they should follow this man they think has a point and talks pretty. bin Laden reminds me of what would have happened to Hitler if he had to hide out. The followers of both had nothing to go on but the charisma of their leaders. Too long without contact, and they'll easily fall out of line.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
I went to Belgium in 2003, and people everywhere wanted to gripe to me about Bush. I was like "Okay guys, tell me ALL your concerns, and when I get back to America, I'll get on my little red phone and call the white house and tell him everything. Hey George, some random drunk Scottish guy I met in Brussels thinks you're a jerk. Don't we hate Scotland now?" If a European person hates me at first sight because I am an American, that person is no better than an American who thinks all Muslims are terrorists, or that all French people are ultra-liberal jerks. It just isn't true. If someone isn't willing to give me a chance, what can I do? It probably isn't the kind of person I want to hang out with anyway. But I prefer to expect better from people, and let them prove me wrong later.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Does anyone think the release of this video is a signal to his followers to initiate an attack? Remember when we used to hear that theory all the time when the messages were more frequent?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I'm not in any way saying I agree with the mans policies however Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the President of Iran and many other elected Islamic leaders have pointedly said that they love the American people they just can't stand the administration. I wonder how much of this is true and how much of it is political. For example after 9/11 people were out in the streets of Tehran Iran protesting the act. As for Osama he is a fruit cake from hell and his ideology is unfortunately ingrained to his very existence that there is no negotiating with someone like him. I realize that most of us understand this but let us not forget that the history of Christianity is also stained with lunatics such as Osama.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Yes, excellent point!
NYFashionista NYFashionista 9 years
lol I was thinking the same thing cabaker- I guess thats the only good that Osama does and that's to unite the American ppl (something we desperately need to do).
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
This discussion is far too rational and calm!! :)
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Excellent points, nyaradzom2001!
NYFashionista NYFashionista 9 years
I actually travel quite a bit (to Europe and Asia) and Americans don't seem to be viewed favorably in general. I remember going out with a group of Parisians and they were probing me about America and our "stupidity", about our politics and of course current administration (namely Bush). When I relayed to them my view points, they were surprised that as an American I wasn't for the war and didn't love Bush. But then they concluded it was because I'm not "really an American" since I'm second generation. Nice huh? I've been traveling all my life and the sentiment towards Americans has definitely changed since 9/11. It's interesting to see how people do bash America in front of me bc they don't see me as a real American. Don't worry though, I don't take the bashing :-) I'm a proud American even if I do disagree with alot of our politics and policies.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Good points, Liberty. That seems to be whole reason beyond the formation of NATO. The League of Nations failed because they lacked the muscle to enforce the sanctions against Germany. It seems like there is a big conflict between the US and the EU in terms of when to use muscle now. The US is quicker to jump in guns a blazin and the EU seems to want to take a more diplomatic approach.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
This is purely speculation here: But they seem to be more liberal overall than us, welfare state setup and all. I don't think they're dissenting opinions on the Iraq war differered too much from American's who disagreed with the war, there may just be more of them so that opinion is thought of as fact from Europe? I do wonder about the rural/urban divide as well. I know that in Washington State, the reason it's a blue state is mainly because of Seattle.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
I don't think that they hate us. I travel a lot, and If you just act like a decent person they're friendly and welcoming, but there are a-holes everywhere. who cares. If you try a few words in their language, like ordering something, they love it. If you go around asking questions in English, like you're entitled to it, then it's all up to them. I want people to speak English here, so why go to Germany and speak English? I was so pissed off at Snoop Dogg on his Fatherhood show, when they went to Germany and acted like stupid idiots, frowning at the food and acting dumb. They're SERVING you chicken, you freak. Or find a McDonald's!
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
I don't think we're being told that they hate us. I just think we've lost credibility that is crucial in getting our allies to help us protect our common interests. If we want to work together on important security concerns, we need to show that we are not reckless. I guess we can have a whole discussion about whether we need other countries to "help" us. But, I think if we want sanctions, and other tactics to work effectively against countries like Iran, it's best to have collaboration.
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