Haven’t seen him lately
Bin Laden has disappeared for long stretches before, and then popped up again, and they’re saying the voice is a match, but the question is once again unavoidable: if he isn’t dead, why not a videotape? Anyway, bin Laden here speaks of a “duty” to wage jihad — this is based on the Islamic doctrine, held by all schools and orthodox sects, that jihad, rather than being a collective obligation of the Muslim community, becomes an obligation of every individual Muslim if an Islamic land is attacked.
“Bin Laden urges jihad against Israel,” from The Associated Press, January 14 (thanks to all who sent this in):
CAIRO, Egypt: Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden urged Muslims to launch a jihad against Israel and condemned Arab governments for preventing a holy way in a new message Wednesday aimed at harnessing anger in the Mideast over Israel’s Gaza offensive.
Bin Laden spoke in an audiotape posted on Islamic militant Web sites where al-Qaida usually issues its messages “” his first tape since May and his first since Israel launched its offensive in Gaza against Palestinian Hamas militants nearly three weeks ago.
“There is only one strong way to bring the return of al-Aqsa and Palestine, and that is jihad in the path of God,” bin Laden said in the 22-minute audiotape, referring to the revered Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. “The duty is to urge people to jihad and to enlist the youth into jihad brigades.”
“Muslim nation, you are capable of defeating the Zionist entity with your popular capabilities and your great hidden strength “” without the support of (Arab) leaders and despite the the fact that most of (the leaders) stand in the barracks of the Crusader-Zionist alliance,” bin Laden said.
The authenticity of the tape could not be independently confirmed, but the voice resembled that of bin Laden in previous messages.
The tape, entitled “Call for jihad to stop the aggression on Gaza,” was played over a still picture of bin Laden and the al-Aqsa Mosque, but without the English subtitles and flashy production effects that usually accompany such messages….