Well, those people who think it's a political hoax have their opinion, as I said, I don't agree. The timing is the ONLY thing about that message from bin Laden that makes it seem suspicious, not what he actually said. He says it doesn't matter to him, whether it be Kerry or Bush, only the end result of a policy shift will deter further strikes against the US and ANY other country that supports the Israeli hardline position on the Palestinians. And we have to understand, what's happening in Iraq is not just about Israel.
Now of course, we have Arafat's illness throwing another curve ball during the last inning of our political ballgame. Is someone going to suggest an ulterior motive here too? LOL. Probably.
Not everyone loves Israel. WHOA! does that surprise anyone? not everyone loves the US of A either. There was always plenty enough hatred to go around out there, just waiting for someone like Osama to be the incendiary spark. It IS NOT just about Israel however, that there are so many Muslims willing to pick up a gun or rock and strike out at Christians, Buddhists, atheists, Jews...even other Muslims. They are not killing just Americans, but virtually anyone they PERCEIVE to be working against their goals, anyone worldwide whom they perceive to be unfair to Muslims. You can't lump it all into one single cause/effect, even though Osama attempts to justify his actions because of the US/Israeli favoritism connection. He specifically spoke of Lebanon and Afghanistan, and the 1982 bombings by Israel that took out 'towers' in Lebanon.
John, I would NEVER suggest the world should abandon Israel. It has a right to be a free sovereign nation, and for many years, the borders stayed 'relatively' quiet with Arab neighbors, especially Jordan and Egypt. Those two countries finally got it figured out Israel was here to stay. Syria was always a problem, as were many other Arab countries. I lived there for a year, and even with occasional shootings and bombings, most Israelis and tourists went about their day feeling 'somewhat' secure. But it's a constant battle to maintain that security, and some of the Israeli militant right-wing activities have taken some wrong actions in the past 20 years, that have aggravated and escalated the violence. There isn't any black/white solution. The Palestinian issue must be resolved. The Israelis must be allowed to live in peace. If you have some golden solution, by all means, go over there and talk to those in leadership positions. Be proactive in a peace organization, be proactive in a human rights group, be part of some attempt at finding a viable solution. Don't just throw words and challenging questions around that go nowhere, solve nothing. I've heard more than enough rhetoric lately to last ten lifetimes.