1,827. 1/15/2001

“It is still not clear exactly what bin Laden’s role in the [October 12, 2000 USS] Cole explosion was, but the glee he took in the attack is undeniable. In Afghanistan in January 2001, at the wedding celebration for one of his sons, bin Laden declaimed an extraordinary poem about the Cole to hundreds of cheering guests: ‘A destroyer, even the brave might fear. It inspires horror in the harbor and the open sea. She goes into the waves flanked by arrogance, haughtiness and fake might. To her doom she progresses slowly, clothed in a huge illusion. Awaiting her is a dinghy, bobbing in the waves.’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Peter Bergen, Holy War, Inc., Page 196

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