"The darkness has become pitch black"
Bill Roggio carefully analyzes Osama Bin Laden's latest audiotape. Basically Bin Laden is unhappy with how his forces are faring in Iraq. They are split among themselves. Infiltrated by the hated Americans. IED attacks don't work so well. He says "the darkness has become pitch black".
So where are those who prefer the religion to the lives of themselves and their children? Where are the people of Tawheed and those who topple the banner of unbelief and polytheism? Where are those who find torture to be pleasant and don't fear the blows? Where are those who find difficulty to be easy and bitterness to be sweet, because they are certain that the fire of Hell is much hotter? Where are those who go out to fight the Romans, as on the day of Tabuk? Where are those who pledge to fight to the death, as on the day of Yarmuk? Where are the soldiers of the Levant and the reinforcements of Yemen? Where are the knights of the Quiver (Egypt) and the lions of the Hijaz (western Saudi Arabia) and al-Yamamah (central Saudi Arabia)? Come and aid your brothers in Mesopotamia and relieve them by coordinating with them by way of dependable guides.
Where have they gone? Maybe into the camp of those who realize that the real triumph of Islam lies in the power of learning and economic development. That it lies in teaching children how to ride a rocket to Mars instead of strapping a vest full of nails and C4 onto themselves. That it lies in life and not death. Because people are beginning to realize that it's the dead past that Osama really wanted, not the living present or a future by a flowing river springing from some glorious place.
Osama laments that "the darkness has become pitch black." That's him looking into his soul.