The scariest thing about Osama bin Laden is the apparent serenity with which he wishes us all dead.
There is no visible anger with bin Laden. We are used to our bad guys, our war criminals and mass murderers, oozing hate, ranting, raving and spewing. We are used to the McVeighs, the Husseins, the Khomeinis, the Hitlers, the ones who are obviously mean and more than half nuts.
We are not used to a tall, skinny guy calmly talking on videotape about how we Americans are infidels and deserve to die for our crimes, never raising his voice and never flashing anger in his eyes. Bin Laden appears matter-of-fact, almost dispassionate about his death wish for us, his call for our carnage, for our continuing misery.
Bin Laden, without animation, says with his war on the West, and particularly his war on the United States and Israel, he is doing his duty as a servant of Allah, and from all appearances he seems at peace with that. While he says he didn't have anything to do with the plotting, he thinks the jets/bombs that were flown by Muslim fundamentalists into buildings in New York City and Washington, D.C., were good things, because the incidents divided the world into good and evil. Now that we know who is on what side (and guess who knows for a fact he's on the side of the good guys?), the holy war can start, and we'll see who comes out on top, bin Laden says without emotion.