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Osama for George?

Derek McMillan

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If you see Osama Bin Laden putting up election posters, don't be surprised if they are for family friend, George W Bush. It is unsurprising that Osama Bin Laden prefers to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent.

British ambassador to Rome, Sir Ivor Roberts, described President George Bush as "the best recruiting sergeant ever for al-Qaida". Sir Ivor obviously has a different definition of the word "diplomatic" than the one the rest of us use!

This revelation, although overstated, is not that far from the truth. The worldwide upsurge in anti-American resistance has led - in the absence of mass socialist movements - to a growth of fundamentalist militancy.

Thousands of American troops have been brought within striking distance of groups who are always identified by the media as "linked with Al Qaida". This is intended to discredit any and every opponent of American imperialism but a by-product is an enormous boost to the importance and prestige of Al Qaida.

John Simpson (BBC foreign correspondent) has made no bones of the fact that Al Qaida received arms, training and finance from the CIA.

Bush and Bin Laden are two terrorists who clearly need each other.

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