Is Osama dead? Is this the September or October surprise?
Why not ask for a simple JPEG photo with Osama
bin Laden holding a recent newspaper’s front page?
An Arabic channel said its Pakistan bureau had received a call from an unnamed Taliban member a few days after a leaked French secret document said Saudi intelligence believed bin Laden died last month on the Afghan/Pakistan border.
“The Talban ‘official’ said bin Laden was alive and that reports that he is ill are not true,” said Bakr Atyani, Al Arabiya’s Islamabad correspondent. “The Taliban checked with members who are close to al Qaeda that these reports are baseless.”
Osama was last seen in a video statement aired to coincide with the November 2004 U.S. presidential elections. Some analysts believe that the video was some two years old at the time.
A report in French regional daily L’Est Republicain last week quoted a document from the DGSE foreign intelligence service, saying the Saudi secret services were convinced bin Laden had died of typhoid.
Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had no evidence that bin Laden was dead. French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said that as far as he knew the Saudi-born militant was alive.
There is more buzz that may point to his death.
“Capturing bin Laden, as Democrat Nancy Pelosi said, will not necessarily make America safer because it would come five years too late.”
Watch for more comments from Ted Kennedy and Howie Dean on this, trying to somehow fog up the great news.
Perhaps with a leaked classified report saying “Bush is bad on terrorisim.”
Citizen journalists will be the first to prove Osama bin Laden’s death.
According to two conservative Web sites, White House political strategist Karl Rove has been promising GOP insiders that there will be an “October surprise” before the midterm elections.
“In the past week, Karl Rove has been promising Republican insiders an ‘October surprise’ to help win the November congressional elections,” reports Ronald Kessler for Newsmax.