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Friday, October 20, 2006

Vote Republican or Osama's gonna get ya.

That's the tack the Republican National Committee is taking with a new ad that will start appearing on US television over the next few days. Given the beating that the party's candidates are taking in opinion polls and the increasing likelihood of a Democratic takeover of both houses of Congress, it's not surprising that the GOP is trying to mobilize its base and pull in undecided voters by playing the fear card.

The new ad, called 'The Stakes, features images of al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri and highlights threatening statements that the two men have made over the past eight years. In case that was too subtle, all of this occurs over the sound of ticking — as in the timer on a dirty bomb. The ad ends with an overhead shot of nuclear explosion, that fades into images of terrorists on the march, and finally the message: These Are The Stakes. Vote Nov. 7.

Subtle, huh?

I encourage you to use the link below and watch the ad yourself — especially since you'll be doing it on the GOP's dime.




If you decide not to watch the ad, here's the description of the ad from the RNC's website:

"What is yet to come will be even greater" -- Osama Bin Laden, Al Jazeera, Dec. 21, 2001

"With God's permission we call on everyone who believes in God...to comply with His will to kill the Americans." — Osama Bin Laden (The World Islamic Front, Fatwa, Feb. 23, 1998)

[Text Fades: "kill the Americans"]

"They will not come to their senses unless the attacks fall on their heads and...until the battle has moved inside America." — Osama Bin Laden (Interview, Al-Jazeera, Oct. 21, 2001)

[Text Fades: "inside America."]

"We sent our people to Moscow, to Tashkent, to other central Asian states and they negotiated. And we purchased some suitcase bombs." — Ayman Al-Zawahiri ("Al Qaeda: We Bought Nuke Cases," (New York) Daily News, March, 22, 2004)

[Text Fades: "suitcase bombs."]

"Our message is clear -- what you saw in New York and Washington and what you are seeing in Afghanistan and Iraq, all these are nothing compared to what you will see next." -- Ayman Al-Zawahiri ("Al Qaeda Threatens More UK, U.S. Attacks," www.CNN.com, Aug. 4, 2005)

[Text Fades: "nothing compared to what you will see next."]

"What is yet to come will be even greater."

These Are The Stakes. Vote Nov. 7
www.GOP.com."

Obviously this ad has been in the works for awhile. Which makes me even more suspicious about the timing of the 'dirty bombs at the stadiums' terror attack hoax than I was yesterday when the story broke.

Via Reuters and Raw Story.

More:  Over at NewsHog, Cernig points out how the 'suitcase bomb' quote in the GOP ad is an old and discredited fairy tale.

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