MILLIONS OF AMERICANS saw the fearsome visage of Osama bin Laden on Al-Jazeera television this week proclaiming his fatwa against the United States. The eagle-eyed reporters at the New York Post noticed the American-made Timex Ironman Triathlon watch on his wrist, an odd fashion choice for someone so fervently anti-American.
Modern Humorist has obtained an earlier videotape, made in the al-Qaeda rec room in mid-September, that proves the Timex watch represents only a fraction of Osama's America fixation. This "rough draft" of Osama's speech was ready for delivery to Al-Jazeera before al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu-Ghaith suggested less-Western surroundings might be more appropriate.
A still from the tape: