Most everyone knows that Osama bin Laden's solicitude toward the miserable of the West Bank and Gaza is opportunism and propaganda, that he does not care much for the largely secular Palestinian national movement, and that no movement following his example would suffer a woman like Hanan Ashrawi, or any woman, to be one of its leaders. But the knowledge has also become general that U.S. support of the Israeli occupation has played into Al Qaeda's hands and helped turn popular sentiment against the U.S. throughout the Arab and Muslim world. It has become plain that the chance to rectify a long-standing injustice—as Israel's illegal occupation enters its 35th year—is also an opportunity to deprive an enemy of an important propaganda resource. Even the Bush administration appears to understand this, which goes to show that, if truth can be a casualty of war, war can also enforce... More >>>