October 27th, 2010
09:51 PM ET

France threatened in alleged Bin Laden tape

A man purporting to be Osama Bin Laden warned France to get its troops out of Afghanistan and not to oppress Muslims at home in a tape broadcast by the Al-Jazeera network Wednesday.

"If you want to tyrannize and think that it is your right to ban the free women from wearing the burqa, isn't it our right to expel your occupying forces, your men from our lands by striking them by the neck?" the speaker demands, in reference to recently passed French legislation barring women from covering their faces in public.

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  1. Andrew VA

    Al qaeda is just like the Catholic Church, only instead of vicious attacks against the innocent, you have vicious attacks against the innocent.

    October 30, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  2. Jennifer

    To me there is nothing wrong about having fun on Halloween like playing games and all kinds of things

    October 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  3. Muneef

    Mentioned before that France seems want to demolish the tower being old but want to cash as well the insurance benefit therefore they are paving the way with such claims before they find a way to blow it up and frame OBL for it!
    Similar to the twin tower operation framing.
    You see always US has given the lead in such framing and every body latter follow her example in framing? Well only God knows for sure but this is what I feel the truth is but wonder which country they intend to invade now for this excuse? My feeling tells me the victim country would be in North Africa mainly the one which they been active recently said to be fighting Al-Q for the kidnaped French nationals...

    October 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
    • Reality

      Once again we come to save Muneef and all the other Muslims out there:

      The Five Step Method to Deprogram/"Deflaw" 1400 years of Islamic Mumbo Jumbo.

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave attended to by his wives before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these five "steps" and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      October 28, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  4. Frogist

    Any threats made by this maniac need to be taken seriously. We didn't pay attention and look what happened. I think he has proven himself as a real threat. I just hope this doesn't escalate any anti-muslim violence or hatred in France or around the world. He may be saying this is about protecting the rights of muslims, but that's not what he cares about. He cares about maintaining his power in Afghanistan. As for "free women", this man and his forces couldn't care less about women and their freedoms.
    Having said that, I am vehemently opposed to the burqa ban. There is absolutely no reason to take away the freedom of women to wear whatever they choose in a public place. And for France to justify their decision as a means of promoting women's rights is just reprehensible. They are showing that they know as much about women's rights as Bin Laden does.

    October 28, 2010 at 10:06 am |
    • Megatron

      The reality of the situation is that OBL isn't a threat to first world nations. He may strike every decade or so, kill a few thousand, but that's not going to put a dent into the advancement of the world.

      Remember, when push comes to shove, the middle east can be carpet bombed by us.

      I'm an evil robot. What do you expect?

      October 28, 2010 at 11:52 am |
    • Peace2All


      Well said... CK..!

      October 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  5. anelka

    The roach went out his creepy place and talked!
    Go back to your cave and rot.
    Fee men and women roam the earth surface, their face drenched in sun light, while Osama is hiding in a damp dark hole.
    So much for selling his islamic"way of life"!

    October 28, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  6. CatholicMom

    This is bullying which we have discussed just recently, at its worst.

    October 28, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  7. Sum Dude

    He seeks to hold what he does not have and pretends to use others as hostages in order to force France to do what he is otherwise powerless to influence.

    A bluff by any other name...what difference is there when he was going to do that stuff in any way he could anyway????

    October 28, 2010 at 3:24 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Sum Dude

      So.. what's up my friend...?

      October 28, 2010 at 3:30 am |
    • Sum Dude


      WASSSUPP! 😀

      Was I mumbling in that post? It does seem a little hard to follow, doesn't it? My take on Osama Bin Laden is that he is just bluffing the bluff of the terrorist that needs to hide and send others out to do his foolish and evil work. Yet he can do things in his way, of course, but his words this time have fear in them. They are getting close to finding him, I would guess.
      This is just misdirection, yet it can be misdirection with a real bite in it. France needs to have their game on.
      Or are you talking about something else?
      (there I go rambling again...)

      October 28, 2010 at 5:11 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Sum Dude

      No your post was fine... WAAASSSSUUUUP...!!! 🙂

      October 28, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  8. Peace2All

    What country or people not practicing his fundamental brand of Islam.... hasn't Osama Bin Laden threatened...?

    The issue of 'burqa' wearing, etc... Is understandable. I can certainly see the pro's and con's on each side of the debate.

    October 28, 2010 at 3:06 am |
  9. HotAirAce

    Is it just me, or does it appear that OBL has dressed up for halloween and a cross between the virgin and JC?

    October 28, 2010 at 12:27 am |
    • Peace2All


      As much as I wanted to say...."It's just you"... but, the more I looked.....

      October 28, 2010 at 2:59 am |
    • Sum Dude


      October 28, 2010 at 3:20 am |
  10. CatholicMom

    It appears that legislation barring women from covering their faces in public isn’t the number one issue to the man in the video; it seems that ‘most importantly’ would be the withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan... as were his words. The man also called the women ‘free women’...does this mean ‘free’ to choose to wear or not to wear the burqa?

    Perhaps this ban will allow some of the ‘free women’ to conceal their wish to not wear it without threats upon their lives [by their men-folk if that would be the case]. But if they honestly want to wear the burqa, I wish they could continue with it. On the other hand, if I were a woman who wanted to wear it, I would certainly consider the ‘situation’ in the country that I am living in.

    I am all for modesty in dress for both men and women. Running around naked does not seem to be socially accepted. And now too much covering seems to be not accepted either.

    October 27, 2010 at 11:57 pm |
    • Megatron

      Put yourself in the position of a police officer, how are you supposed to identify people wearing burkas. It could be a man.

      The burka is a tool of enslavement. The only people who say it's not are deluding themselves.

      October 28, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  11. Reality

    Hopefully, the French catch this madman and hang his a– from the Eiffel Tower along with a copy of his operating manual, the koran, Mahound's book of hallucinations that dictates male Muslim domination of females and the world by any means.

    October 27, 2010 at 11:48 pm |
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