* I think this is different than something like, "Live Free or Die!" - the latter is a statement of bravery and freedom, and has more to do with policy than capture.
There are two reasons that come to mind as to why someone would make such a statement: Either in the hope that their enemy would rather have them alive than dead; or a simple statement of bravery before what may be the inevitable. Either way, in this case, it's a good sign:
Usama bin Laden promised never to be captured alive and declared the U.S. had resorted to the same "repressive" tactics used by Saddam Hussein, according to an audiotape purportedly by the Al Qaeda leader that was posted Monday on a militant Web site.Well, all right, Osama. We'd definitely prefer that you die humiliated, after having been tried for the murder of about 3,000 people and been interrogated for as much information as possible, but if you want to kill yourself now, we're cool with that.
The tape appeared to be a complete version of one that was first broadcast Jan. 19 on Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab satellite channel, in which bin Laden offered the United States a long-term truce but also said his Al Qaeda terror network would soon launch a fresh attack on American soil.
"I have sworn to only live free. Even if I find bitter the taste of death, I don't want to die humiliated or deceived," bin Laden said.
Does this mean that Osama bin Laden is starting to feel a pinch? Are the US soldiers getting closer to tracking him down and capturing or killing him? We can only hope.
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