Osama tape rips saddam after capture
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Osama tape rips Saddam
Derides ex-dictator as U.S. toady
By JAMES GORDON MEEK
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - The voice of terror kingpin Osama Bin Laden surfaced again yesterday, this time dissing the toppled Saddam Hussein as a "hireling of America."
Arab TV broadcast excerpts from an audiotape with a rambling, 47-minute monologue by the fugitive terrorist, who accused America of lusting after Arab oil, beginning with Iraq's.
He lashed out at Arab regimes cooperating with the U.S. and said they were cowed by "the capture of their previous comrade in treachery, a hireling of America," referring to Saddam.
"My message is to incite you against the conspiracies, especially those uncovered by the occupation of the crusaders in Baghdad under the pretext of weapons of mass destruction," as well as the Bush administration's road map plan for Mideast peace, the speaker said.
The terror leader also panned Arab countries for helping to cut off funds to families of Palestinian suicide bombers, and called on Muslims to form a council of wise men to rule after these states collapse.
"We love these tapes," said one U.S. official, anticipating analysts will pore over every word and noise pop in the recording.
Al Jazeera played the audiotape while showing a still photo of Bin Laden against a dark blue background.
Bin Laden's voice was last heard on a tape released in October, but he hasn't been seen on videotape since November 2001, when the haggard-looking thug was filmed gloating over the 9/11 attacks with followers. The CIA determined a video released on the second anniversary of the 2001 attacks was old footage.
With News Wire Services
Originally published on January 5, 2004