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September 8, 2007
Rich Baehr On The Osama Editorial the Times Wanted to Print
American Thinker Political Director Rich Baehr took a look into his crystal ball and saw the editorial the New York Times almost ran today on the Osama tape:
Osama Bin Laden showed his GOP roots today in his latest message to Americans by blasting "insane taxes" and trying to lure Americans to Islam with the promise of zero interest rates, and a low 2.5% charity rate ("Zakaat (alms)"). On the same day, several leading GOP candidates for President also called for lower taxes. When contacted by the Times, none of the GOP hoefuls were willing to say their messages had been coordinated with Bin Laden's.
This, of course, a response to the clear connection between Osama's words and Democratic talking points - especially this segment of his remarks:
He also speaks to recent issues grabbing headlines in the United States, referring to "the reeling of many of you under the burden of interest-related debts, insane taxes and real estate mortgages; global warming and its woes..." "To conclude," bin Laden says, "I invite you to embrace Islam." He goes on to say: "There are no taxes in Islam, but rather there is a limited Zakaat [alms] totaling 2.5 percent."Sometimes, even the Times must bow to reality.