2005-03-06

What “Islamic extremists” say

Selected statements of, and interviews with, Osama bin Laden:










1996-08-23-Declaration-of-War
Declaration of War
Against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places

Expel the Polytheists from the Arabian peninsula
A Letter from Sheikh Osama bin Muhammad bin Laden
to his Muslim Brothers across the world,
and particularly those in the Arabian peninsula.

[This message is largely about conditions in Saudi Arabia,
and bin Laden’s unhappiness therewith;
most of this does not seem that important to America.
But he does address the general Zionist/Muslim relation in places,
for example the following (emphasis is added).]



It should not be hidden from you that
the people of Islam had suffered from aggression, iniquity and injustice
imposed on them by the Zionist-Crusaders alliance and their collaborators;
to the extent that the Muslims blood became the cheapest
and their wealth as loot in the hands of the enemies.
Their blood was spilled in Palestine and Iraq.
The horrifying pictures of the massacre of Qana, in Lebanon
are still fresh in our memory.
Massacres in Tajakestan, Burma, Cashmere, Assam, Philippine, Fatani, Ogadin, Somalia, Erithria, Chechnia and in Bosnia-Herzegovina took place,
massacres that send shivers in the body and shake the conscience.
All of this and the world watch and hear,
and not only didn't respond to these atrocities,
but also with a clear conspiracy between the USA and its' allies
and under the cover of the iniquitous United Nations,
the dispossessed people were even prevented
from obtaining arms to defend themselves.

The people of Islam awakened and realised
that they are the main target
for the aggression of the Zionist-Crusaders alliance.
All false claims and propaganda about “Human Rights”
were hammered down and exposed
by the massacres that took place
against the Muslims in every part of the world.

...

Under such circumstances,
to push the enemy—the greatest Kufr—
out of the country is a prime duty.
No other duty after Belief is more important than the duty of had .
Utmost effort should be made
to prepare and instigate the Ummah against the enemy,
the American-Israeli alliance—
occupying the country of the two Holy Places
and the route of the Apostle (Allah's Blessings and Salutations may be on him)
to the Furthest Mosque (Al-Aqsa Mosque).
Also to remind the Muslims
not to be engaged in an internal war among themselves,
as that will have grieve consequences

...

Few days ago the news agencies had reported that the Defence Secretary of the Crusading Americans had said that "the explosion at Riyadh and Al-Khobar had taught him one lesson: that is not to withdraw when attacked by coward terrorists".

We say to the Defence Secretary that his talk can induce a grieving mother to laughter! and shows the fears that had enshrined you all. Where was this false courage of yours when the explosion in Beirut took place on 1983 AD (1403 A.H). You were turned into scattered pits and pieces at that time; 241 mainly marines solders were killed. And where was this courage of yours when two explosions made you to leave Aden in less than twenty four hours!

But your most disgraceful case was in Somalia; where- after vigorous propaganda about the power of the USA and its post cold war leadership of the new world order- you moved tens of thousands of international force, including twenty eight thousands American solders into Somalia. However, when tens of your solders were killed in minor battles and one American Pilot was dragged in the streets of Mogadishu you left the area carrying disappointment, humiliation, defeat and your dead with you. Clinton appeared in front of the whole world threatening and promising revenge , but these threats were merely a preparation for withdrawal. You have been disgraced by Allah and you withdrew; the extent of your impotence and weaknesses became very clear. It was a pleasure for the "heart" of every Muslim and a remedy to the "chests" of believing nations to see you defeated in the three Islamic cities of Beirut , Aden and Mogadishu.

I say to Secretary of Defence: The sons of the land of the two Holy Places had come out to fight against the Russian in Afghanistan, the Serb in Bosnia-Herzegovina and today they are fighting in Chechenia and -by the Permission of Allah- they have been made victorious over your partner, the Russians. By the command of Allah, they are also fighting in Tajakistan.

I say: Since the sons of the land of the two Holy Places feel and strongly believe that fighting (Jihad) against the Kuffar in every part of the world, is absolutely essential; then they would be even more enthusiastic, more powerful and larger in number upon fighting on their own land- the place of their births- defending the greatest of their sanctities, the noble Ka'ba (the Qiblah of all Muslims). They know that the Muslims of the world will assist and help them to victory. To liberate their sanctities is the greatest of issues concerning all Muslims; It is the duty of every Muslims in this world.

I say to you William [Cohen] (Defence Secretary) that: These youths love death as you loves life. They inherit dignity, pride, courage, generosity, truthfulness and sacrifice from father to father. They are most delivering and steadfast at war. They inherit these values from their ancestors (even from the time of the Jaheliyyah, before Islam).

...

My Muslim Brothers of The World:
Your brothers in Palestine and in the land of the two Holy Places
are calling upon your help and asking you to take part
in fighting against the enemy --your enemy and their enemy--
the Americans and the Israelis.
They are asking you to do whatever you can,
with one own means and ability,
to expel the enemy, humiliated and defeated,
out of the sanctities of Islam.




1997-03-Arnett
Peter Arnett Interviews Osama bin Laden
CNN, 1997-03

[Here are some responses of bin Laden
to questions asked of him by then CNN correspondent Peter Arnett
during an interview in 1997,
as quoted in the book
Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden.]




Peter Arnett:
You’ve declared a jihad against the United States.
Can you tell us why?
And is the jihad directed against the US government
or the United States’ troops in Arabia?
What about US civilians in Arabia or the people of the United States?

Osama bin Laden:
We declared jihad against the US government
because the US government is unjust, criminal, and tyrannical.
[The editor and annotator of the book, Bruce Lawrence,
here inserts a footnote asserting that
bin Laden is only declaring a defensive jihad,
which Lawrence defines via the same quotation from Michael Scheuer
as given here.]

It has committed acts that are extremely unjust, hideous, and criminal,
whether directly or through its support of the Israeli occupation
of the Land of the Prophet’s Night Journey
[how Muslims sometimes refer to Palestine].
And we believe the US is directly responsible
for those who were killed in Palestine, Lebanon, and Iraq.
The mention of the US reminds us before everything else
of those innocent children who were dismembered, their heads and arms cut off
in the recent explosion that took place in Qana [in Lebanon].
The US government abandoned even humanitarian feelings
by these hideous crimes.
It transgressed all bounds and behaved in a way
not witnessed before by any power or any imperialist power in the world.
They should have been sensitive to the fact that the qibla of the Muslims
raises the emotion of the entire Muslim world.
Due to its subordination to the Jews,
the arrogance and haughtiness of the US regime has reached such an extent
that it occupied the qibla of the Muslims,
who are more than a billion in the world today.
For this and other acts of aggression and injustice,
we have declared jihad against the US,
because in our religion it is our duty to make jihad
so that God’s word is the one exalted to the heights
and so that we drive the Americans away from all Muslim countries.

As for what you asked,
whether jihad is directed against US soldiers,
the civilians in Saudi Arabia, or against the civilians in America,
we have focused our declaration on striking at the soldiers in Saudi Arabia.
This country has in our religion a significance of its own
over the other Muslim countries.
In our religion, it is not permissible for any non-Muslim to stay in our country.
Therefore, even though American civilians are not targeted in our plan,
they must leave.
We do not guarantee their safety,
because we are in a society of more than a billion Muslims.
A reaction might take place
as a result of the US government’s targeting of Muslim civilians
and executing more than 600,000 Muslim children in Iraq
by preventing food and medicine from reaching them.
So, the US is responsible for any reaction,
because it extended its war against troops to civilians.
This is what we say.

As for what you asked regarding the American people,
they are not exonerated from responsibility,
because they chose this government and voted for it
despite their knowledge of
its crimes in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, and in other places,
and
its support of its client regimes
who filled their prisons with our best children and scholars.
We ask that God may release them.





Peter Arnett:
Will the end of the United States’ presence in Saudi Arabia, their withdrawal,
will that end your call for jihad against the United States?

Osama bin Laden:
The cause of the reaction must be sought
and the act that triggered this reaction must be eliminated.
The reaction came as a result of
the aggressive US policy towards the entire Muslim world
and not just towards the Arabian peninsula.
So if the cause that has called for this act comes to an end,
this act, in turn, will come to an end.
So, the defensive jihad against the US
does not stop with its withdrawal from the Arabian peninsula, rather,
it must desist from aggressive intervention against Muslims
throughout the whole world.


1998-02-23-Jihad
Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders
World Islamic Front Statement
by Osama bin Laden, et al.

[An excerpt (emphasis is added):]


To kill the Americans and their allies—civilians and military—
is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it

in any country in which it is possible to do it,
in order to liberate
the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca]
from their grip,
and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam,
defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim.


...

We—with Allah's help—
call on every Muslim who believes in Allah and wishes to be rewarded
to comply with Allah's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money
wherever and whenever they find it.
We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers
to launch the raid on Satan’s U.S. troops
and the devil's supporters allying with them,
and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson.


1998-05-Miller
Interview with Osama bin Laden
conducted by John Miller and others
1998-05

2002-10-Letter-To-America
Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America”
Internet, 2002-10-14

[The following remarks, in the normal black color,
are an introduction, by Bruce Lawrence, to bin Laden’s Letter,
from pages 160–161 of Lawrence’s book
Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden.
The emphasis is added.]


This letter was posted on the internet in Arabic on 2002-10-14
and later in English translation;
it was issued in response to unidentified articles by American writers
examining the reasons behind radical Islamic attacks,
and responses to them.
The letter proceeds to pose, and answer, two questions:
  • “Why are we fighting you?”

  • “What are we calling you to do, and what do we want from you?”
In a feature of the Arab fatwa tradition,
opinions are here couched as detailed responses to specific questions,
broken down into sections and subsections
in such a way as to emphasize the irrefutable logic of jihad.
Unusual aspects of the style, and in part the content, of the document
suggest that associates may have contributed to its composition,
although there can be no certainty of this.

Two features mark the letter out.
  1. Its succinct but wide-ranging summary
    of what bin Laden holds to be the political misdeeds of the United States
    across the Muslim world: in
    Palestine, Somalia, Chechnya, Kashmir, the Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan,
    and not least in the Arab states that act as its willing agents.

  2. A moral and cultural denunciation of American society as a sink of
    usury, debaucher, drug addition, gambling, prostitution,
    and environmental destruction,
    a result of America’s apostasy in separating church and state,
    and choosing to live by man-made laws rather than those of God.
This portrait of the US
follows a call to the American people to convert to Islam.
Fantastical as the prospect of such a conversion must be—
as the letter itself implies (“I doubt that you will do so”)—
the appeal has a practical function within the umma.
Its purpose is to answer Muslim critics of 9/11
who argued that al-Qaeda
did not offer Americans an opportunity to convert to Islam
before attacking them,
thereby violating God’s ruling:
“We never punish until we have sent a messenger.”
[Lawrence provides a reference
to page 153 (paragraph 5.2.3.3) of Michael Scheuer’s Imperial Hubris
for this statement.]

The exhaustive detail of the letter is bin Laden’s proof to Muslims that
he has explored every avenue to resolve this war by peaceful means,
and given proper warning
of the destruction that will be visited upon Americans
if they refuse to listen to his advice.


Another novel aspect of this statement is the extent to which
it uses arguments against the American state
circulating widely in the West itself,
in effect taunting the United States with not living up to its own rhetoric.
  • The corruption of the American political system by money,

  • suspension of civil liberties with the Patriot Act,

  • rejection of the Kyoto Accords,

  • connivance with the cancellation of democracy in Algeria,

  • support for Israeli flouting of UN resolutions,

  • cover-up of the massacre in Qunduz, and—last but not least—

  • the detention without trial of prisoners in Guantanamo,
    “a historical embarrassment to American and its values”,
all become part of a general indictment.
Americans have chosen the governments
that have pursued these policies.

They have the ability to change these, but have not done so;
that, states bin Laden,
is why they are not innocent of the crimes committed in its name.
Bin Laden’s concluding advice to them is blunt.
“Pack your luggage and get out of our lands.”



[Now follows, in green,
excerpts from bin Laden’s “Letter to America”
which pose and answer two fundamental questions.
Some (minor) reformating has been done; emphasis has been added.]




Why are we fighting and opposing you?

The answer is very simple:

  1. Because you attacked us and continue to attack us.

    1. You attacked us in Palestine:

      1. Palestine, which has sunk under military occupation
        for more than 80 years.
        The British handed over Palestine,
        with your help and your support,
        to the Jews, who have occupied it for more than 50 years;
        years overflowing with oppression, tyranny, crimes, killing, expulsion, destruction and devastation.
        The creation and continuation of Israel
        is one of the greatest crimes,
        and you are the leaders of its criminals.
        And of course there is no need to explain and prove
        the degree of American support for Israel.
        The creation of Israel is a crime which must be erased.
        Each and every person whose hands have become polluted
        in the contribution towards this crime
        must pay its price, and pay for it heavily.


      2. It brings us both laughter and tears
        to see that you have not yet tired
        of repeating your fabricated lies
        that the Jews have a historical right to Palestine,
        as it was promised to them in the Torah.
        Anyone who disputes with them on this alleged fact
        is accused of anti-semitism.
        This is one of the most fallacious,
        widely-circulated fabrications in history.
        The people of Palestine are pure Arabs and original Semites.
        It is the Muslims who are the inheritors of Moses
        (peace be upon him)
        and the inheritors of the real Torah that has not been changed.
        Muslims believe in all of the Prophets,
        including Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad,
        peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all.
        If the followers of Moses
        have been promised a right to Palestine in the Torah,
        then the Muslims are the most worthy nation of this.

        When Muslims conquered Palestine and drove out the Romans,
        Palestine and Jerusalem returned to Islam,
        the religion of all the Prophets peace be upon them.
        Therefore, the call to a historical right to Palestine
        cannot be raised against the Islamic Ummah
        that believes in all the Prophets of Allah
        (peace and blessings be upon them) -
        and we make no distinction between them.


      3. The blood pouring out of Palestine must be equally revenged.
        You must know that
        the Palestinians do not cry alone;
        their women are not widowed alone;
        their sons are not orphaned alone.


    2. You attacked us in Somalia;
      you supported the Russian atrocities against us in Chechnya,
      the Indian oppression against us in Kashmir, and
      the Jewish aggression against us in Lebanon.


    3. Under your supervision, consent and orders,
      the governments of our countries which act as your agents,
      attack us on a daily basis;

      1. These governments prevent our people
        from establishing the Islamic Shariah,
        using violence and lies to do so.

      2. These governments give us a taste of humiliation,
        and places us in a large prison of fear and subdual.

      3. These governments steal our Ummah's wealth
        and sell them to you at a paltry price.

      4. These governments have surrendered to the Jews,
        and handed them most of Palestine,
        acknowledging the existence of their state
        over the dismembered limbs of their own people.

      5. The removal of these governments is an obligation upon us,
        and a necessary step to free the Ummah,
        to make the Shariah the supreme law and to regain Palestine.
        And our fight against these governments
        is not separate from out fight against you.


    4. You steal our wealth and oil at paltry prices
      because of your international influence and military threats.
      This theft is indeed the biggest theft ever witnessed by mankind
      in the history of the world.


    5. Your forces occupy our countries;
      you spread your military bases throughout them;
      you corrupt our lands, and
      you besiege our sanctities,
      to protect the security of the Jews and
      to ensure the continuity of your pillage of our treasures.


    6. You have starved the Muslims of Iraq,
      where children die every day.
      It is a wonder that more than 1.5 million Iraqi children
      have died as a result of your sanctions,
      and you did not show concern.
      Yet when 3000 of your people died, the entire world rises
      and has not yet sat down.


    7. You have supported the Jews in their idea that
      Jerusalem is their eternal capital,
      and agreed to move your embassy there.
      With your help and under your protection,
      the Israelis are planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque.
      Under the protection of your weapons,
      Sharon entered the Al-Aqsa mosque,
      to pollute it as a preparation to capture and destroy it.


  2. These tragedies and calamities are only a few examples
    of your oppression and aggression against us.
    It is commanded by our religion and intellect
    that the oppressed have a right to return the aggression.
    Do not await anything from us but Jihad, resistance and revenge.
    Is it in any way rational to expect that
    after America has attacked us for more than half a century,
    that we will then leave her to live in security and peace?!!


  3. You may then argue that
    all the above does not justify aggression against civilians,
    for crimes they did not commit and offenses in which they did not partake:
    1. This argument contradicts your continuous repetition that
      America is the land of freedom, and its leaders in this world.
      Therefore,
      the American people are the ones who choose their government
      by way of their own free will;
      a choice which stems from their agreement to its policies.
      Thus
      the American people have chosen, consented to, and affirmed
      their support for
      • the Israeli oppression of the Palestinians,

      • the occupation and usurpation of their land, and

      • its continuous killing, torture, punishment and expulsion
        of the Palestinians.
      The American people have the ability and choice
      to refuse the policies of their Government
      and even to change it if they want.


    2. The American people are the ones who pay the taxes which fund
      the planes that bomb us in Afghanistan,
      the tanks that strike and destroy our homes in Palestine,
      the armies which occupy our lands in the Arabian Gulf, and
      the fleets which ensure the blockade of Iraq.
      These tax dollars are given to Israel
      for it to continue to attack us and penetrate our lands.
      So
      the American people are
      the ones who fund the attacks against us,
      and
      they are the ones who oversee the expenditure of these monies
      in the way they wish, through their elected candidates.


    3. Also the American army is part of the American people.
      It is this very same people
      who are shamelessly helping the Jews fight against us.


    4. The American people are the ones who employ
      both their men and their women
      in the American Forces which attack us.


    5. This is why the American people cannot be not innocent
      of all the crimes committed by the Americans and Jews against us.


    6. Allah, the Almighty,
      legislated the permission and the option to take revenge.
      Thus,
      if we are attacked,
      then we have the right to attack back.
      Whoever has destroyed our villages and towns,
      then we have the right to destroy their villages and towns.
      Whoever has stolen our wealth,
      then we have the right to destroy their economy.
      And whoever has killed our civilians,
      then we have the right to kill theirs.


The American Government and press still refuses to answer the question:

Why did they attack us in New York and Washington?

If Sharon is a man of peace in the eyes of Bush,
then we are also men of peace!!!
America does not understand the language of manners and principles,
so we are addressing it using the language it understands.


[Note this inverts the well-known Israeli saying
“The only language the Arabs understand is that of the gun.”]







What are we calling you to, and what do we want from you?

  1. The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam.
    [For details of this call, see the original text.]


  2. The second thing we call you to,
    is to stop your oppression, lies, immorality and debauchery
    that has spread among you.
    [An extensive list is given; see the original.
    It combines classical strictures of social conservatism
    with a few notions of economic and ecological progressivism.]


  3. What we call you to thirdly is to take an honest stance with yourselves -
    and I doubt you will do so -
    to discover that you are a nation without principles or manners,
    and that the values and principles to you
    are something which you merely demand from others,
    not that which you yourself must adhere to.


  4. We also advise you
    to stop supporting Israel, and
    to end your support of
    the Indians in Kashmir,
    the Russians against the Chechens and
    to also cease supporting the Manila Government
    against the Muslims in Southern Philippines.


  5. We also advise you to pack your luggage and get out of our lands.
    We desire for your goodness, guidance, and righteousness,
    so do not force us to send you back as cargo in coffins.


  6. We call upon you to end your support
    of the corrupt leaders in our countries.
    Do not interfere in our politics and method of education.
    Leave us alone, or else expect us in New York and Washington.


  7. We also call you to deal with us and interact with us
    on the basis of mutual interests and benefits,
    rather than the policies of [subordination], theft and occupation,
    and not to continue your policy of supporting the Jews
    because this will result in more disasters for you.


If you fail to respond to all these conditions,
then prepare for fight with the Islamic Nation.
The Nation of Monotheism,
that puts complete trust on Allah
and fears none other than Him.


[End of excerpt from Osama bin Laden’s 2002 “Letter to America”]







2009-09-13-bin-Laden-Statement-to-the-American-People
bin Laden's September 2009 Statement to the American People

Provided by Juan Cole from the US Government’s Open Source Center
Alternative source, with link to the Arabic audio (link repeated below):
English Translation of Bin Laden “Statement to the American People” Released
Also at Wikisource.

[By?
It is, persumably, spoken by Osama bin Laden
(I presume the voiceprint people can, within reasonable probability, tell that),
but it is really hard to imagine
that he has a sufficiently accurate and complete view of American politics
to have written it in its entirety.
Suspicion on who is his expert on America who provided that detail
centers on Adam Yahiye Gadahn, aka “Azzam the American”,
who oddly, or perhaps not oddly, has a Jewish paternal grandfather,
who supposedly was on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League[!].
File that in the “it’s a small world” department.

The emphasis below is, of course, added by the author of the current blog.]




[0]
Praise be to God,
Who created people to worship Him,
ordered them to be just,
and permitted the wronged to mete out fair punishment to the wrongdoer.

[1]
American people:
This address to you is a reminder of the causes of 11 (September)
and the wars and consequences that followed
and the way to settle it once and for all.
I mention in particular the families of those who were hurt in these events
and who have recently called for opening an investigation to know its causes.
This is a first and important step in the right direction
among many other steps that have deliberately gone in the wrong direction
over eight barren years that you have experienced.

[2]
The entire American people should follow suit,
as the delay in knowing those reasons
has cost you a lot without any noteworthy benefit.

[3]
If the White House administration,
which is one of the two parties to the dispute,
has made it clear to you in the past years
that war was necessary to maintain your security,
then wise persons should be eager to listen to the two parties to the dispute
to know the truth, so listen to what I am going to say.



[4]
At the beginning, I say that
we have made it clear and stated so many times for over two decades that

the cause of the quarrel with you is
your support for your Israeli allies,
who have occupied our land,
Palestine.

This position of yours, along with some other grievances,
is what prompted us to carry out the 11 September events.

Had you known the magnitude of our suffering
as a result of the injustice of the Jews against us,
with the support of your administrations for them,
you would have known that
both our nations are victims of the policies of the White House,
which is in fact a hostage in the hands of pressure groups,
especially major corporations and the Israeli lobby.

[5]
One of the best persons to explain to you
the causes of the events of the 11th
is one of your citizens, a former veteran CIA agent,
whose conscience awoke in his eighth decade
and decided to tell the truth despite the threats,
and to explain to you the message of the 11th.
So he carried out some activities for this purpose in particular,
including his book Apology of a Hired Assassin.

[Some speculate that he is referring to
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins.]


[6]
As for explaining the suffering of our people in Palestine,
Obama has recently acknowledged in his speech from Cairo
the suffering of our kinfolk there, who are living under occupation and siege.
Things will become clearer if you read what your former president, Carter,
wrote about the racism of the Israelis against our kinfolk in Palestine,
and also if you listened to his statement weeks ago
during his visit to the destroyed and besieged Gaza Strip.
He said in that statement that
the people of Gaza are treated more as animals than human beings.
For us God suffices, and He is the best disposer of affairs.

[7]
We should have a lengthy pause at this point.
Any person with an iota of mercy in his heart cannot but sympathize with
those oppressed elderly, women, and children living under the deadly siege.
Above that,
the Zionists pound them with US-made incendiary phosphorous bombs.
Life there is tragic beyond limits, to the point that
children die between the arms of their parents and doctors
due to the lack of food and medicine and the power outages.
It is indeed a disgrace
for world politicians who are content with that, and their loyalists,
who are behaving as such with prior knowledge and premeditation,
and under the influence of the Israeli lobby in America.
The details of that are explained by two of your fellow citizens.
They are John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt in their book
The Israel Lobby in the United States.

[8]
After reading the suggested books,
you will know the truth and you will be severely shocked at
the magnitude of deception that has been practiced against you.
You will also know that
those who make statements from inside the White House today and
claim that your wars against us
are necessary for your security

are in fact working along the same line of Cheney and Bush[-43],
and propagating the former policies of intimidation
to market the interests of the relevant major corporations,
at the expense of your blood and economy.
Those in fact are the ones who are imposing wars on you, not the mujahidin.
We are just defending our right to liberate our land.

[9]
If you thoroughly consider your situation,
you will know that the White House is occupied by pressure groups.
You should have made efforts to liberate it
rather than fight to liberate Iraq, as Bush[-43] claimed.
The White House leader, under such circumstances, and regardless of who he is,
is like a train driver
who cannot but travel on the railways designed by these pressure groups.
Otherwise, his way would be blocked
and he would fear that his destiny would be
like that of former President Kennedy[-35] and his brother.

[Actually, a far more apt example of
what befalls presidents who defy the Israel lobby
is presented in “Jews v. Bush-41.
The Israel lobby has no need for methods as crude as assassination
when it can defeat politicians more or less at will,
as discussed, for example, in They Dare to Speak Out by Paul Findley.]


[10]
In a nutshell, it is time to free yourselves from
fear and intellectual terrorism being practiced against you
by the neoconservatives and the Israeli lobby.
You should put the file of your alliance with the Israelis
on the table of discussion.
You should ask yourselves the following question
so that you can determine your position:

Do you like the Israelis’ security, sons, and economy
more than
your security, blood, sons, money,
jobs, houses, economy, and reputation?

If you choose your security and stopping the wars —
and this has been shown by opinion polls —
then this requires that you act
to stop those who are tampering with our security on your end.
We are prepared to respond to this option
on sound and fair foundations that have been mentioned before.

[11]
Here is an important point that we should pay attention to
with regard to war and stopping it.
When Bush[-43] assumed power
and appointed a defense secretary [Donald Rumsfeld]
who had made the biggest contribution
to killing more than two million persecuted villagers in Vietnam [??],
sane people predicted that Bush was preparing for new massacres in his era.
This was what took place in Iraq and Afghanistan.
When Obama[-44] assumed power and kept the men of Cheney and Bush[-43] —
namely, the senior officials in the Defense Department,
like Gates, Mullen, and Petraeus —
sane people knew that Obama[-44] is a weak person
who will not be able to stop the war as he had promised
and that he would procrastinate as much as possible.
If he were to decide, then he would hand over command
to the generals who oppose this aimless war,
like the former commander of troops in Iraq, General [Ricardo] Sanchez,
and the commander of the Central Command [Admiral William J. Fallon]
who was forced by Bush [and Cheney] to resign
shortly before leaving the White House due to his opposition to the war.
He appointed instead of him a person who would escalate the war.
Under the cover of his readiness to cooperate with the Republicans,
Obama made the biggest trick
as he kept the most important and most dangerous secretary from Cheney’s men
to continue the war.
The days will show you that you have changed only faces in the White House.
The bitter truth is that the neoconservatives are still a heavy burden on you.

[One may well wonder who really wrote these lines.
Many people, including me, guess that it is Adam Yahiye Gadahn,
aka “Azzam the American”.]


[12]
Once again, if you stop the war, then that is fine.

If you choose not to stop the war,
then we have no other option
but to continue the war of attrition against you on all possible axes,
just as we did with the Soviet Union for 10 years until it disintegrated,
with the grace of God.

Continue the war for as long as you wish.
You are fighting a desperate, losing war that is in favor of others.
There seems to be no end in sight for this war.

[13]
Russian generals, who learned lessons from the battles in Afghanistan,
had anticipated the result of the war before its start,
but you do not like those who give you advice.
This is a losing war, God willing, as
it is funded by money that is borrowed based on exorbitant usury
and is fought by soldiers whose morale is down
and who commit suicide on a daily basis to escape from this war.

[14]
“This war was prescribed to you by two doctors, Cheney and Bush,
as a cure for the 11 September events.
However, the bitterness and losses caused by this war
are worse than the bitterness of the events themselves.
The accumulated debts incurred as a result of this war
have almost done away with the US economy as a whole.
It has been said that disease could be less evil than some medicines.

[15]
Praise be to God, we are carrying our weapon on our shoulders
and have been fighting the two poles of evil in the East and the West
for 30 years.
[Note the comparison of the USSR to the USA.]
Throughout this period, we have not seen any cases of suicide among us
despite the international pursuit against us.
We praise God for this.
This proves the soundness of our belief and the justice of our cause.
God willing, we will continue our way to liberate our land.
Our weapon is patience.
We seek victory from God.
We will not give up the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
We hold on to Palestine more than we hold on to our souls.
Continue the war as long as you wish,
we will never bargain over it (Palestine).

Endless war will not tire me
For I am now fully grown and strong
For this, my mother begot me
Peace be upon those who follow guidance.





To hear bin Laden’s calm, soft voice
slowly and carefully read, in Arabic, the message
(but “CIA”, “Obama”, “Bush”, “Cheney”,
“John Mearsheimer”, “Stephen Walt”, “General Sanchez”, “Soviet”
are spoken in English, and clearly audible)
click on the “Play” triangle below.
The audio starts after about 15 seconds.
It runs ten minutes and ends,
due to some technical limitation in this web hosting,
at the end of paragraph 13 as numbered above.



The above is a link to
http://i604.photobucket.com/player.swf?file=http://vid604.photobucket.com/albums/tt127/cpanzalone/z2aus_Thetruthhurts-SPAavi795.flv



Several people have commented on this statement, including
Justin Raimondo and
Stephen Walt.


In the odd chance that anyone would care
how I think the U.S. should respond to bin Laden’s offer,
I would recommend either
this “not another nickel” approach to U.S.-Israeli relations
or a combination of the two proposals by Mearsheimer and Walt:
A New Relationship: Treat Israel as a Normal State and
Ending the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
















Miscellaneous


2008


2008-05-16-AP-bin-Laden
Bin Laden: Palestinian cause fuels war
Osama bin Laden says al-Qaida will continue holy war
until liberation of Palestine

by MAGGIE MICHAEL
AP, 2008-05-16 (Friday)
(also hosted at Google)

[An excerpt from the AP article; emphasis is added.]

Osama bin Laden said in a new audio recording released Friday that
al-Qaida will continue its holy war against Israel and its allies
until it liberates Palestine.

...

Bin Laden said
the fight for the Palestinian cause
was the most important factor driving al-Qaida’s war with the West

and fueled 19 Muslims to carry out
the suicide attacks against the U.S. on September 11.

“To Western nations ...
this speech is to understand
the core reason of the war
between our civilization and your civilizations.
I mean the Palestinian cause,”

said bin Laden in the close to 10 minute audiotape.

“The Palestinian cause is the major issue for my (Islamic) nation.
It was an important element
in fueling me from the beginning and the 19 others
with a great motive to fight
for those subjected to injustice and the oppressed,”

added bin Laden.

...

The al-Qaida leader said
the Western media managed to brainwash people over the past 60 years
by
“portraying the Jewish invaders, the occupiers of our land,
as the victims while it portrayed us as the terrorists.”


“Sixty years ago, the Israeli state didn’t exist.
Instead, it was established on the land of Palestine raped by force,”

said bin Laden.
“Israelis are occupying invaders whom we should fight.”

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye Mekel
dismissed bin Laden’s new message.
“We do not relate or pay attention to the words of this terrorist lunatic,”
he said.
“The time has come for him to be apprehended and pay for his crimes.”

...

Bin Laden said Western leaders
were insincere in their expressed desire for Israeli-Palestinian peace
and failed to criticize Israel.

“Peace talks that started 60 years ago are just meant to deceive the idiots,”
said bin Laden.
“After all the destruction and the killings ...
your leaders talk about principles.
This is unbearable.”


[As to the Israeli spokesperson’s description of bin Laden:
No doubt bin Laden is a terrorist, but then so were many Zionists.
As to being a lunatic, bin Laden is no more a lunatic than I am.
In particular,
while I think universal opprobrium should be accorded to bin Laden’s methods,
that opposition to his methods should not be allowed to obscure the fact that
he is right on many (but not all) of the issues.]



2008-05-18-AP-bin-Laden
Bin Laden lashes out at Arab leaders
Osama bin Laden lashes out at Arab leaders
for 'sacrificing' Palestinians

by OMAR SINAN
AP, 2008-05-18 (Sunday)

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