Topic: "Stragedy" (8)
David Ignatius of the Washington Post is a quiet thinker. Frodo enjoys his reporting, and often irritates people around him by silencing the entire room when Ignatius speaks. Of late, Mr. Ignatius has been provided access to communiques (E-mail, that is) received or initiated by the late, and unlamented, Osama bin Laden. Listening to Ignatius discuss his findings with Chris Matthews the other day, Frodo picked up a factoid which deserves, for many reasons, to be passed on amongst all who reside in Middle Earth.
Bin Laden was personally irritated by the descriptive "War on al Qaeda" as opposed to a "War on Islam". Bin Laden was noted to comment frequently that the President of the United States had managed to shift the nature of the struggle away from the continuing objective as defined by bin Laden, and bin Laden was urging his associates to shift the mind-set back to a "War on Islam."
Frodo notes the outbreak of violence against the West by extremist factions throughout the Arab world these past few days, and wonders if bin Laden's words might not be echoing back from that location where he now "sleeps with the fishes." Quixotic it may be that at the same time, there are those, relying entirely on an absence of fact, who may be seeking to argue that the President of the United States created a "War on Islam."
Mr. Ignatius has evidence to the contrary.