A new Bin Laden tape has found its way through the Al Jazeera network, the bulk of which deals with a wave of revolutions which began in the Maghreb region of North Africa.
Here is the beef of it:
‘Winds of change’
“The sun of the revolution has risen from the Maghreb. The light of the revolution came from Tunisia. It has given the nation tranquility and made the faces of the people happy.”
Tunisia’s president was overthrown in January, followed by Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak after mass protests centred on Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
“Tunisia was the first but swiftly the knights of Egypt have taken a spark from the free people of Tunisia to Tahrir Square,” said bin Laden, adding: “It has made the rulers worried.”
He predicted that the winds of change would blow over the entire Muslim world.
“I think that the winds of change will blow over the entire Muslim world, with permission from Allah.
“A delay may cause the opportunity to be lost, and carrying it out before the right time will increase the number of casualties,” bin Laden says in the audio message.