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Bin Laden: Can You Hear Me Now? | The Foundry

It’s not even cynical Friday but I just can’t help myself because this type of commentary gets me soooo cranky. It reveals a complete failure to understand the dynamics of terrorism, not least how al Qaeda operates.

Yes, go and answer bin Laden and in doing so give him the de-facto status of the leader of a state instead of the leader of a few hundred core followers and a few thousand hanger ons.  Really, because legitimizing and thereby lionising  him in this way is  such a *great* idea.

Responding directly to bin Laden is completely counter productive.  The more people respond to bin Laden, the more influence he gets. He is not the leader of a state. He is not even the leader of a substantial group of people. Following advice like this will give him that status, and make the job of countering al Qaeda even harder.

Ugh. Rant over.

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