CAIRO, Egypt — Osama bin Laden issued new threats in an audiotape broadcast on Arab television Sunday. And he accused the United States and Europe of supporting a “Zionist” war on Islam by cutting off funds to the Hamas-led Palestinian government.
His words, the first new message by the al-Qaida leader in three months, seemed designed to justify potential attacks on civilians — something al-Qaida has been criticized for even by its Arab supporters.
President Bush was told about the tape Sunday morning. The intelligence community has informed the White House that it believes the tape is authentic, said Bush’s spokesman, Scott McClellan.
“The al-Qaida leadership is on the run and under a lot of pressure,” McClellan said at a Marine base in Twentynine Palms, Calif., where Bush was having lunch with military families.
Projection is one of the defense mechanisms identified by Freud and still acknowledged today. According to Freud, projection is when someone is threatened by or afraid of their own impulses so they attribute these impulses to someone else. For example, a person in psychoanalysis may insist to the therapist that he knows the therapist wants to rape some women, when in fact the client has these awful feelings to rape the woman.
Update: Great minds and all suchlike.