In the latest might-be, might-not-be bin Laden tapes, the possibly ex-leader of al Qaeda has some interesting things to say. Finally, after years of being told that Islamists don't hate us, they just hate our government, Osama comes out and says, yes, we do hate you and we are at war with you:
"I say that this war is the joint responsibility of the people and the governments. While the war continues, the people renew their allegiance to their rulers and politicians and continue to send their sons to our countries to fight us.''
bin Laden also leaves no question on where his allegiances lay, especially when we're talking about genocide, as long as the genocide is being perpetrated by Muslims:
''I call on mujahedeen and their supporters, especially in Sudan and the Arab peninsula, to prepare for long war again the crusader plunderers in Western Sudan. Our goal is not defending the Khartoum government but to defend Islam, its land and its people,'' bin Laden purportedly said.
And in case you weren't already convinced, bin Laden informs us that this is all about the Zionist World Conspiracy:
''The blockade which the West is imposing on the government of Hamas proves that there is a Zionist crusader war on Islam,'' said the speaker on the tape broadcast by the Al-Jazeera network.
Why don't we just come right out and say what the fight is about? What can possibly be lost in saying that, indeed, we are in a fight with Osama's brand of Islam and anyone who is in concert with it, namely, Hamas, the jackals killing thousands in Sudan, the terror-supporting governments of Iran and Syria, etc?
It doesn't seem that we gain anything by being mealy-mouthed about this. Let's unequivocally state that we prefer an Israeli democracy to a Palestinian kleptocracy or an Iranian theocracy. That we rather like Western culture and will defend it against the dark-age model prevalent in way too much of the Muslim world. And that we will violently expel all those who seek to topple Western Civilization. Who would be surprised at that?