Osama bin Laden probably wasn’t expecting to be shot dead by US Navy Seals at the weekend, so he didn’t have time to record a farewell message. But there is apparently at least one final tape recording ‘in the works’, although there are doubts now about when and whether al-Qaida will bother releasing it. After all, a tape of bin Laden pledging eternal victory might seem a little ironic in the week of his death.
Anyway, it’s not that tape that the US will be keen to see. After all, Osama is old news. No, the US will be much more interested in the mound of information and files apparently found at bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound. While it’s unlikely that the al-Qaida leader kept a neat file labelled ‘Future plans to blow stuff up’, there will undoubtedly be a lot of information that will keep the US busy for now. Tapes, computer files, notes and more can now be analysed.
The other interesting possibility is that bin Laden may have made a ‘death tape’ specifically for this occasion. He must have known that one day he would be killed, so it would be odd if he hadn’t prepared for the occasion. A tape in which he speaks defiantly from beyond the grave would probably go down a storm with his followers. So perhaps bin Laden has some words for the world one more time.