Have a look at this report by the viciously anti-Israel Irish Examiner. The issue involved is the Bin Laden Al Qaida attack on France using very threatening language. The issue here is how the French responded to the Bin Laden verbal attack or warning. In reality the French Government fears attacks coming from Islamist terrorists, and this fear has made them issue a statement that they are withdrawing from Afghanistan.
The way that the Irish Examiner deal with this is most interesting:
In an audio recording aired by Al-Jazeera television, Bin Laden said last month’s kidnapping of seven foreigners, five of them French, in the Sahara desert in northern Niger was a warning.
Bin Laden, in the message directed to the French people, said he wanted to set out “the reasons for threatening your security and taking your people as prisoners”.
“How could you take part in occupying our countries and support the Americans in killing our children and women, and then expect to live in peace and security?” he asked.
“It is very simple: as you kill, you will be killed; as you take hostages, you will be taken hostages; and as you compromise our security, we will compromise your security,” he said in the message, the authenticity of which could not immediately be verified.
The al-Qaida leader warned the French government to pull its troops out of Afghanistan.
“The way to protect your security is to bring your tyranny against our nation to an end, most importantly to withdraw from the damned war of (former US president George W) Bush in Afghanistan,” he said in the message, which lasted 1 minute 55 seconds.
The seven hostages — five French nationals, a Togolese and a Madagascan — were seized in a Niger uranium-mining town on the night of September 15 to September 16.
On September 30, Al-Qaida’s North African branch posted a photograph and audio recordings of the seven hostages, most working for the French nuclear group Areva and its subcontractors.
The French government has indicated it is willing to talk to the kidnappers, but has received no contact from the group.
This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Thursday, October 28, 2010
Bin Laden’s message connected the kidnap to France’s deployment of troops to Afghanistan and ban on the Islamic full face veil.
“How could you take part in occupying our countries and support the Americans in killing our children and women, and then expect to live in peace and security?” Bin Laden demanded.
“It is very simple: As you kill, you will be killed, as you take hostages, you will be taken hostage, and as you compromise our security, we will compromise your security,” he said, in the two-minute message.
Defence Minister Herve Morin told RTL radio France could begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan as early as next year, but insisted this was in no way connected to any the threat posed Al Qaeda.
“In any case, that’s the calendar set by Barack Obama, that in 2011 the first American troops could quit Afghanistan,” he said. “And that’s what a certain number of European countries have started to say.”
Two French journalists have been held hostage by suspected insurgents in Afghanistan for more than 300 days, but Bin Laden did not refer to them.
Morin insisted France’s decision to begin looking towards the exit from Afghanistan next year had “absolutely no link” to any threat
That must be one of the most bizarre statements ever made. It has no link yet the French talk about pulling out on the day after Bin Laden threatens them. The link to the Bin Laden threat seems obvious.
But the Irish Examiner has not as we write got to that bit about how the French cave in and pull out of Afghanistan and I wonder why?
Why on earth are they not covering that, since it has got great similarity to what Zapatero in Spain and his atrocious and opportunist PSOE did against Aznar after the Madrid bombings.
And it raises the issue, are these european Governments vaving in to terrorism from Islam, as bat yeor has always claimed.
I do not know but maybe als they (The Irish Examiner) are part or are sympathetic to the Irish Troops Out movement etc.
I will have to investigate further to find out their true position towards Islamic terror.