Usáma bin Ládin, bard teroru

PRINCETON – Saúdskoarabský král Abdulláh vyznamenal v březnu v Rijádu amerického viceprezidenta Dicka Cheneyho královským řádem za zásluhy. Toto gesto mělo za následek stovky internetových vzkazů od Arabů, kteří odsuzovali udělení ceny jako projev zrady a bědovali nad žalostným způsobem vedení v arabském světě. Za všechny citujme jeden vzkaz adresovaný králi: „Hanba vám, jenž se prohlašujete za opatrovníka dvou svatých míst,“ Mekky a Mediny.

Ve stejné době zveřejnil Usáma bin Ládin dvě audionahrávky, v nichž odsoudil západní a izraelské útoky na muslimy a zopakoval potřebu násilného boje za osvobození okupovaných muslimských území od bezvěrců.

Z hlediska mediální strategie nemůže být kontrast mezi vedoucími představiteli arabských zemí a bin Ládinem křiklavější. Na jedné straně chybí arabským králům a prezidentům charisma, jeví se jako politicky impotentní a jen zřídkakdy, pokud vůbec, vystupují jednotně ve „velkých otázkách“ týkajících se blízkovýchodních národů.

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