“Osama bin Laden, wearing the plain white head cover of a religious teacher, recites a highly charged, inflammatory poem about the condition of the Muslim umma (worldwide community), appalled, mobilized, and seeking vengeance against its enemies. In particular, bin Laden extols the young men in Najd, Saudi Arabia, who have risen up and joined the jihad. He also praises the young men in Aden, Yemen, who demolished the indestructible American destroyer USS Cole, directly indicating approval and knowledge of that suicide bombing in Aden.
“Here as in several other scenes, bin Laden is standing in front of a wall-sized map of the world, symbolizing the scope of the problems and solutions he wants his audience to be conscious of. The dagger in his waistband is typical for formal male dress in Yemen and Oman in southern Arabia. This suggests an affinity between bin Laden, the son of a Yemeni father, and the Yemeni suicide bombers who attacked the USS Cole. Visually, an explosion is superimposed over the hole in the hull of the USS Cole to convey the sense of watching the attack live.”