The possibility of an imminent security threat to the USA thrust safety to the front of the election agenda this weekend after the release of a new Osama bin Laden video message.President Bush seized on the tape to again ram home his message that, in wartime, resolve of his stamp was needed for victory. He told voters that all policies flowed from a position of security for their families, and without that nothing else mattered. The tape may remind people Bush’s war on terror is paramount, or may reinforceKerry’s claim that war is being so badly waged that bin Laden’s still free. Kerry promises he will find no place to hide, and promised to kill, capture, or destroy terrorist “barbarians”. But at large bin Laden remains, to taunt and goad the candidates from afar, and seemingly beyond the reach of the global superpower. It is difficult to gauge the terrorist leader’s influence on the campaign, but the possibility that sway may exist over the world’s leading democracy bodes ill for the land of the free.