Bin Laden Comes Clean, War On Terror Continues

Owen Byrne owen at
Fri Jan 16 14:01:02 PST 2004

> That assertion is debatable (but don't bother debating it with me 
> cause I really don't want to play). UbL grossly miscalculated the US 
> response to WTC probably because he viewed the US as a paper tiger. 
> Some unpredictability is not necessarily a bad thing (tho it comes 
> with a whole host of dangers).
> Bill
> _______________________________________________

Well - I've heard this before - I am just curious - why not say that he 
believed the US would overreact, creating more support for his own 
cause, increasing instability in the Middle East while taking on 
commitments that would stretch it thin and create further targets for 
terrorism.. That actually seems like a much more reasonable position for 
UbL to hold. I can't see any semi-intelligent Arab viewing the US as a 
paper tiger after Gulf War 1. Calling them one however fits well with 
this strategy.

It is possible that he grossly miscalculated the extent of the US 
overreaction.But I think he's probably pretty damn happy about the state 
of affairs right now.


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