Wednesday, March 17, 2004

You've got to read this one -If I thought I saw Bin Laden, I'd run him over too. To hell with high insurance rates, I guess $5 (GREEN -American Money is Green -don't worry I haven't departed from my St. Paddy's Day theme) million would cover the costs. Read on:

Man Thought He Was Running Over Bin Laden

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) - A Frenchman was convicted for trying to run over a pedestrian he mistook for Osama bin Laden.

The 35-year-old, identified as a struggling artist named Pierre, was sentenced Tuesday by a court in this southern France city to a three-month suspended prison term and ordered to pay euro500 ($615) to the victim, who was unharmed.

The man's lawyer, David Mendel, said his client was traumatized by last week's terror attacks in Madrid and was temporarily the ``victim of a hallucination,'' while driving Monday through Montpellier's historic center.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was able to run from the oncoming car, which crashed along the side of a street.

``It wasn't bin Laden,'' Mendel said. ``If it was, we would have won US$5 million.''

The Madrid train bombings, which killed 201 people, increasingly appear to have been orchestrated by Islamic extremists with links to bin Laden's al-Qaida terror network.

The only thing that I'm left wondering about is the lawyer said his client was the "victim of hallucination". Does that mean that the guy he ran over didn't look anything like Bin Laden or what? They don't elaborate on that point. Someone shoul have told the poor fellow that it's not close enough to the American elections yet. If he wants to run over Bin Laden he should wait 'til October; That's what Bush is waiting for.



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