New Bin Laden Tape Warns France

This is not a happy development since we’re three weeks from our annual Thanksgiving trip to Paris. Our friends in Paris say that people are on edge given this warning and the reaction in the streets to the change in the retirement age.

PARIS — Osama bin Laden warned France in an audiotape broadcast by Al Jazeera television on Wednesday that it would face killings and kidnappings if it did not withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

He also justified the kidnapping of five French citizens in Niger last month, saying that France mistreated its Muslims.

“The equation is very clear and simple: as you kill, you will be killed; as you take others hostages, you will be taken hostages; as you waste our security we will waste your security,” Mr. bin Laden said.

[From New Bin Laden Tape Warns France – NYTimes.com]

Sadly, in his threat, he equates banning veils for women with slitting the throats of aid workers in Niger. Scary times.I don’t know if that means to stay away from all métros and museums. It might be a moot point; with the strikes, there may not be much open anyway.

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