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German Newspaper: Osama Bin Laden Feels Like a Winner

Ulrich Ladurner writes in the respected German weekly Die Zeit:

Since the United States is experiencing a crisis of monumental proportions, Osama must genuinely feel that his prophecy has become a reality. More than a decade ago, he set out to vanquish America and its villainous puppets in the Arabian Gulf - nothing more, nothing less. Back then this must have appeared like folly, because the U.S. was at the zenith of its power and Osama and his people were considered nothing more than a fanatical gang of murderers.

Today we are witnessing the rapid decline of the United States, a trend which some consider to be irreversible. Osama has victory in his sights. Whether that's true or not shouldn't be debated here. This is about recognizing that this is the view of Osama bin Laden. This is about catching a glimpse of the world of ideas espoused by these fanatics.

Read the article in the German original or the English translation.

These days, Die Zeit is even more pessimistic about the power of the United States than usually. Jan Ross writes about the Heroes of the Retreat:

How can the land of victories and optimism come to terms with a life after the imperial moment? Learning to decline - is it doable? Can a world power that no longer presumes to dominate the world find a new role without depression or biting fear? Is there life after the imperial moment? That is the question that the United States faces, and that will define the term of the next American President.


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Marie Claude on :

Osama, is also loosing money, unless he has all invested it in Saudi oil

Pat Patterson on :

Did I miss the nightly broadcast of desperate Iraqis climbing over the fence into the US compound in Baghdad or images of emply helicopters being pushed over the sides of the USS Truman? The only image I can think of is Hitler plotting in his bunker on how his divisions in Norway were going to swoop down on the flanks of the Americans and Soviets because he heard they were arguing about the spoils and that the Americans were beginning to ask how much longer the war would last.

microgod on :

No, it's not Osama's victory. It's the US economy addicted to ever rising defense budget like a meth junky. And that's what has become of the world policeman: A meth (or energy) junky with a gun.

Hammad Yousuf on :

Americans entangaled in their own web. Osama bin laden or Alqueda took a strategy to busy US in the Iraq war until their financial crises. It was a psychological game. Chairman MetaExistence Organization Geo Political Think Tank of Islamic World

Joe Noory on :

Hayawan... It's a psychological game for you, maybe, to think that any sign of failure in the US is some sort of emotional victory for you personally. Why not ask this question: in spite of all of the great "differential success", why are so many arab muslims still largely illiterate and prone to spousal abuse? That amounts to the same sort of argument in the inverse, no? As for our brave, thoughtful journo... I wonder: how does he know what bin Laden is thinking? Has he or anyone else heard from him lately?

Pat Patterson on :

The US military budget for 2009 is 4.06% of the total federal budget for the year. We are still below average for military spending even if one excludes spendng for World War II. We are not even in the top 25 nations of the world in percentage of budget spent on the military. That dubious honor goes to the DPRK which spends 22.9% of its budget on the military. We can spend more than any other country simply because our GDP allows us to keep our percentage of military expenditure and percentage of taxes low simply by having more money to spend.

Don S on :

If there is an American crisis it is not particularly due to Osama Bin Laden, who has been largely a cipher (except possibly as a symbol) for years now. I think it's because Americans have been having increasing doubts about the benefit to the country of being a superpower combined with the effects of almost a decade where rising corporate profits have not been linked with rising incomes for the average US wage-earner. For much of 'main street' America this decade has been a permanent recession. So for many people in the US the 'system' appears to be (and is) currently disfunctional. The financial crisis has brought this to a head in this election year. I think the coming decade will resemble the 70's in certain respects. In fact current conditions already resemble that the mid-70's - not in being an exact economic match but more like the national mood post Vietnam. The result may be something like the 70's as well, a pull back from certain committments globally, but this time the pullback may not be from Asia as in the 70's but rather from Europe. Whether it will be a permanent pull back out of superpower status into a mere 'power' - remains to be seen. I rather hope so because I think the US is doing far too much which can and should be handled by allies or former allis.

John in Michigan, USA on :

Osama's goal was not simply to bring down the Great Satan. His goal was to bring down the Great Satan, [i]and replace it with a global caliphate[/i]. Ladurner is conveniently forgetting that second part, but Muslims can not forget it. No matter how bad the crisis gets in the US (and remind yourself, the US hasn't even entered an economic recession yet, although we probably will), Osama's caliphate still doesn't exist. Where it has been tried, it has become a laughing stock among anyone who experienced it first hand. Osama and other Islamists' myth-making abilities have never been particularly constrained by what the West considers to be important events. The US decision to withdraw from Lebanon in 1984, or from Somalia in 1995, were seen as isolated acts of only local or regional significance in the West, but they were elevated to mythic proportions by the Islamists. Similarly, minor, overlooked aspects of our conduct in Iraq or Afghanistan will have far more impact than the current economic crisis, and certainly, more impact than the intended policies of a not-yet-President whose major foreign policy experience comes from a time before he was old enough to shave. Asia or the Middle East may come to dominate world affairs in the future, but not because they will be home to the next superpower, or even home to merely great powers. Even China has yet to prove whether it can remain prosperous and stable amidst an American or global economic slowdown. Instead, I fear that Asia or the ME may dominate world affairs in much the same way that the Balkans dominated European affairs in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Hammad Yousuf on :

I believe the situation is very interesting. Americans want to win the war in afghanistan. it means they did't learn anything in iraq war. I believe ALLAH (GOD) is playing HIS own game. Iam very happy on the announcement by obama that he is sending more troops for afghanistan. Iam happy because after soviet empire,now its a time for american empire to destroy itself. Hammad Yousuf Chairman MetaExistence Organization

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