October 11th, 2008

complaining, Huffer

Will Bin Laden Strike Again?

From http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/ --


We know bin Laden would like to influence the election, because he’s done it before. On October 29, 2004 – four days before America went to the polls – Al-Jazeera broadcast excerpts of a video of bin Laden in which he attacked and openly mocked the Bush administration, and vowed to strike again.


Bin Laden did not overtly support John Kerry, at one point saying, “Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or al-Qaida. Your security is in your own hands and each state which does not harm our security will remain safe.” But most of his comments were directed at the sitting president, such as, “It never occurred to us that the Commander-in-Chief of the country would leave 50,000 citizens in the two towers to face those horrors alone because he thought listening to a child discussing her goats was more important.”


The predominant reaction, then, was to assume that bin Laden was rooting for a Kerry victory. Not surprisingly, following the release of his video, the needle moved a point or two – towards Bush. Voters certainly had every reason to give bin Laden the ink-stained finger, and bin Laden’s re-appearance on their TV screens was a not-so-subtle reminder of Bush’s most reassuring trait as president: his uncompromising stance towards terrorism (notwithstanding his ineptitude at implementing a strategy to combat it).


Bush won the popular vote by 2.5%, and won Ohio – whose electoral votes would have given Kerry the presidency – by only 2.1%. Correlation is not causation, but it is at least arguable that the release of the bin Laden video altered the outcome of the election. Presented with a video in which the embodiment of evil and our sworn enemy openly mocked our leader, Americans did what we did after 9/11: we closed ranks around that leader, and voted him to a second term.


Which is exactly what bin Laden wanted.



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Filter Note

I created a new Polyamory filter for people interested in reading about my ongoing relationships (and to spare people that aren’t). As always, I tend to add people based on listed Interests (or my relationship with them RL), but if anyone would like to be added or removed to/from any filters, please feel free to ask.

Current filters: BDSM, Health, Indy, Polyamory, Sex, WorkSafe

(Edit: WorkSafe isn't really a posting filter... it's a list of people I feel I can check at work *chuckle* Content will determine who I put in that one.)

Update 2008.06.27: Since this entire journal has become more about my activities, life, and ongoing relationships, the Polyamory filter is now only being used for articles and direct discussion about the subject of Polyamory (more in the abstract).  So, if you're interested in the rare Polyamory subject post, ask and I'll add you to the filter.  If not, do not fret -- you aren't missing much.  B^)

Updated 2008.10.11: I added a Health filter to talk about my recent brush with cancer, etc, and mostly put people on I care about or who went out of their way to offer me best wishes.  I created an Indy group for the rare post that I thought would be of interest to Indy folk only ("something going on here this weekend!") - if you live out of Indy but are interested in the rare Indy goings-on, let me know and I'll add you.  Finally, I deleted the WorkSafe group, since I can't check LJ now at work -- and as far as I know I never actually posted anything to it, since it was just a reading list for me.

Let me know if you want to me added (or removed!) from any specific filters.  Otherwise, carry on!

"If American democracy ceases to move forward as a living force, seeking day and night by peaceful means to better the lot of our citizens, fascism will grow in strength in our land."
-- Franklin Roosevelt, November 4, 1938