Sunday, September 09, 2007
I really did not want to comment on the latest Osama Bin Laden cartoon but my associates asked me for my opinion as a photographer.
The video is an obvious fake. It is amazing that media outlets are promoting something that belongs only on YouTube or in a supermarket tabloid. I suppose there is a value in that it reminds people of the years and lives wasted pursuing oil in Iraq rather than shutting down all paramilitary training centers in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia. The Taliban continue as a force while the U.S. prepares to invade Iran.
Simply compare available known images of OBL from prior to 2001 to the poorly made-up actor posing in this farce. Search Google images for bin ladin or bin laden. You will spot other recent fakes as well. Place those side by side to the actor in the video. Observe closely. OBL changed hair color on his head and his beard? Sunni Muslim men might use henna (in Arabic hina) but certainly not shoe polish black or some drug store dye. Is that really Usamah's nose? Ask a friend with experience in video production or even someone that knows PhotoShop how difficult it might be to concoct a fake Usamah Bin Ladin video.
It is also necessary to consider who (Bush) benefited from such precise timing at APEC (not OPEC) in Australia (not Austria). U.S. government intelligence analysts and any U.S. attorney hand-picked by Republican politicians are not permitted to be honest about this very dumb ploy.
International Islamic scholars and intelligence analysts know very well the true fate of Monsieur Usamah Bin Ladin.
There seems to be no limits to the lengths people will go to scare those who might be so easily deceived.
As we trace the genius of a nation by their taste in poetry and music, so by their encouragement of these we may judge of their rise or fall; good authors have never been wanting in happy climes. Barbarism begins her reign by banishing the Muses. Those who have ears to hear, let them hear!
- Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, (1749)
Links: Forbes article al Jazeera article Newsday Article