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Published:October 30th, 2010 11:25 EST
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UPS Bomb Plot And Osama bin Laden Tape Related?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A tape of a man claiming to be Osama Bin Laden threatening France appears to be authentic, the French Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Bin Laden warned France to get its troops out of Afghanistan and not to oppress Muslims at home in a tape broadcast by the Al-Jazeera network Wednesday."

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CNN


"A day after two packages containing explosives, shipped from Yemen and addressed to synagogues in Chicago, were intercepted in Britain and Dubai, setting off a broad terrorism scare, Janet Napolitano, the secretary of Homeland Security, said that the plot has the hallmarks of Al Qaeda.`"

The New York Times

Are these two events related? Is the Osama tape a green light for Al Qaeda operatives and sympathizers to unleash another round of attacks on the West?

Osama has a history of striking Western targets before pivotal elections. I hope we haven`t forgotten Al Qaeda`s Madrid train bombing in 2004 on the eve of the 2004 election to punish Spain for its support of the Iraq war.

What`s the Jihadists motive for what appears to be an attempt to blow up synagogues in Chicago? Are they trying  to punish America for our troop escalation in Afghanistan?

I think it`s a ploy to remain relevant, in this election cycle terrorism isn`t on the radar, Americans are more concerned with issues like unemployment, the worsening economy and health care.

Osama is letting us know that he is still around, and capable of causing death and destruction.

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