Osama Bin Laden Tape Celebrates Middle East Revolutions as ‘Arab Spring’


A newly released audio message recorded by Osama Bin Laden not long before he was killed by U.S. forces has the terrorist leader co-opting the largely nonviolent successes of others as his own as he praises the rash of Arab uprisings around the world. “I think that the winds of change will blow over the entire Muslim world, God willing,” said Bin Laden, according to translations. A video of the message shows an outdated photo of the slain leader, who credits Tunisia with starting the revolutionary moment. “Remember those that go out with a sword are true believers, those that go fight with their tongue are true believers, and those that fight in their hearts are true believers,” he said. “This wasn’t a revolution of starving and pain, but a revolution of giving and peace.” From his secret compound, he urged action. “So, what are you waiting for?” Bin Laden asks. “Save yourselves and your children, because the opportunity is here.” [Guardian]