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I've Got a Bad Feeling About February

Wednesday, 30 January 2002 12:00 AM

It's the end of January, and it's 72 degrees in Washington, D.C. My 9-year-old, Jackson, went to school today in a T-shirt and shorts. "We sure have had a short winter, Dad," he opined. "It looks like spring is already here."

He didn't believe me when I told him that spring was still a ways off. "Don't be surprised if you're wearing your snow parka instead of a T-shirt for most of February," I said, and he wrinkled his nose in disdain.

We also shouldn't be surprised that Democrats think the Winter of Terrorism is over, so that they may indulge in springtime fantasies of smearing GW and Republicans with Enron scandals. But it is not over, as the president made so eloquently clear in his State of the Union speech.

Just as this balmy lull in wintry weather has fooled some into forgetting the coming snows of February, so our military's awesome victory in Afghanistan has lulled some into forgetting that Osama bin Laden has not been caught.

He's still out there. He had the brains to evade capture, so I am worried what his evil mind is planning next – especially for February.

What scares me about February is that, this year, it is the time of the Haj – the annual Moslem pilgrimage to Mecca. It has already begun. Tens of thousands of Moslems are now in Mecca, with their numbers soon to swell to over 2 million.

Try that on. Two million Moslems from all over the world at the holy site of their religion's founding, deep in the heart of Saudi Arabia. Talk about Opportunity City for the world's greatest Moslem terrorist.

Remember that Osama is from Saudi but he isn't a blood Saudi. His father is from Yemen, and moved to Saudi in 1924. His mother is from Syria. So he has no Saudi blood, and has that resentful hatred of the outsider.

Osama doesn't hate America as an end in itself. His root hate is for the Saudi royal family. He hates America for the same reason as did the Ayatollah Khomeini, for its propping up a corrupt regime ruling his country.

His ultimate goal is not to destroy America, but to become the Ayatollah Khomeini of Saudi Arabia. There would be no better opportunity to achieve it than during the Haj in Mecca this February.

The Haj will continue for the next three weeks, culminating at the Mount Arafat pilgrimage site outside Mecca on Feb. 22. Osama's most-entrenched network is in Saudi, deeply embedded throughout Saudi society. Most of his Sept. 11 hijackers were Saudis. He remains a hero to countless Saudis, and a hero as well to vast throngs of the Haj pilgrims.

If he were to appear in Mecca, in a brilliant demonstration of American impotence by his eluding capture, and call for the overthrow of the corrupt Saudi royals, to be replaced by a government of "pure Islam" and Sharia (Islamic) law – the volcanic eruption of support by pilgrims and native Saudis would obliterate any effort of the royals to quench it.

America's greatest enemy would be swept into power and gain control of the world's greatest supply of oil.

Maybe this won't happen. Maybe Osama did die of failed kidneys, as Pakistan President Musharraf believes. Maybe fragments of his blown-up corpse are in a bombed-out Tora Bora cave. Maybe, if he is alive, the CIA and Saudi intelligence will capture him before he gets to Mecca.

But for all these maybes – maybe not.

So just as I have not yet put my winter clothes in storage, and will not cease being prepared for a February blizzard even though it's 70 degress outside, I will not stop worrying about Osama in Saudi until the February Haj is over.

I've got this bad feeling that he's still out there. We can't stop worrying until we know for sure that he – along with his "ticking time-bomb" henchmen (as the president called them) – are captured or killed dead.

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