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Thursday, November 14, 2002

Robert Fisk is frightened

Robert Fisk has been a correspondent in the mideast for something like 30 years at this point. The right wingers hate him, but I doubt there's a western reporter with more experience of or a better understanding of the Islamic world. He's also got excellent sources. So when he says that "the most impeccable sources" confirm that the voice on the tape that was recently released is indeed Osama bin Laden, I don't doubt him (especially when he spells out exactly how trustworthy the rest of his sources in the article are). I also take it very seriously when he says he's frightened by what the tape means. His parsing out of what's happened to bin Laden since September 11 is very interesting.

Posted at 9:00 PM

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