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Sundown: Bin Laden’s Focus Was on Palestine

Plus the U.S. Navy increases Gulf presence, and more

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Thanks to The Atlantic for quoting The Scroll in its front section. You can read the full blog post here.

• “Bin Laden also criticized subordinates for linking their operations to local grievances rather than the overarching Muslim cause of Palestine. … ‘It was necessary to discuss Palestine first,’ lectured Bin Laden.” [WP]

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Minor cavil with the headline on Bin Laden. If your referencing the Ignatius piece, it seems like he was dismayed with Al Qaeda’s poor image (can’t imagine how that happened), and wanted to do some PR rehab by co-opting popular themes in Arab politics, starting with reclaiming Jerusalem.

Jacob Arnon says:

The headline does read like revisionist history.

Jacob Arnon says:

I also predict that the more the “Arab Spring” fails to deliver the goods to the masses the more their leaders will again focus on “Palestine.”

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