The Bogey Man is back!
According to official sources, an audio tape sent to various Islamist radio stations last week, could be that of the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden.
The voice on the tape calls for a jihad (holy struggle) against Israel, using the theory that the influence of the US in world affairs has been seriously weakened and that Israel as a nation would be weakened as a result..
So, is it really the voice of Osama Bin Laden on the tape? Does he even really exist?
It seems almost inconceivable, that while the US have satellite surveillance systems that can focus on the fluff in the belly button of a sunbathing teenager, they have not as yet managed to find the man they say is the most dangerous in the world.
If he does exist, then could it be they do not really want to 'find' him? After all, what would they do with him if he were to be caught?
If he were to be brought to trial, he would be the cause of total uprising in the Muslim world and no Westerner could ever feel safe again. He would become the rallying point of every dissident group that had ever had cause to want to attack the West.
If he really does exist and he were to be tracked and 'terminated' by western forces, there is no way that news of his demise could be kept secret from the Muslim world and the consequences would be the same.
So, alive or dead, it seems that no-one really wants to find the man who's name has been used as an excuse to invade countries and destroy lives with no measurable result - so far at least.
But what if......he never really existed at all and was just a character dreamt up by governments to keep us all fearful and compliant while they imposed the measures that have eroded so many of our rights and personal freedoms for ever?
It's just a thought but......could it be that Santa really does exist?