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12.27.2004

Has Osama bin Laden finally overplayed his hand? 

Osama bin Laden, or someone posing as him, has called for a boycott of the upcoming Iraqi elections. Money quote:


Iraqis are scheduled to elect a 275-member National Assembly on Jan. 30, and those lawmakers will draft a new constitution. There have been calls to postpone the election because of the ongoing insurgency, but President Bush has insisted the vote be held as scheduled.

The speaker condemned those elections.

``In the balance of Islam, this constitution is infidel and therefore everyone who participates in this election will be considered infidels,'' he said. ``Beware of henchmen who speak in the name of Islamic parties and groups who urge people to participate in this blatant apostasy.''

He apparently was referring to Shiite clerics, particularly Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who have issued edicts saying participating in the election was a ``religious duty.''


The average law-abiding Iraqis may not be convinced that we are his friends, but hopefully this edict will convince him that al-Qaeda is his enemy.

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