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October 31, 2004

What the bin Laden Tape Actually Said

From The Middle East Media Research Institute:

The tape of Osama bin Laden that was aired on Al-Jazeera(1) on Friday, October 29th included a specific threat to "each U.S. state," designed to influence the outcome of the upcoming election against George W. Bush. The U.S. media in general mistranslated the words "ay wilaya" (which means "each U.S. state")(2) to mean a "country" or "nation" other than the U.S., while in fact the threat was directed specifically at each individual U.S. state. This suggests some knowledge by bin Laden of the U.S. electoral college system. In a section of his speech in which he harshly criticized George W. Bush, bin Laden stated: "Any U.S. state that does not toy with our security automatically guarantees its own security."

The Islamist website Al-Qal'a explained what this sentence meant: "This message was a warning to every U.S. state separately. When he [Osama Bin Laden] said, 'Every state will be determining its own security, and will be responsible for its choice,' it means that any U.S. state that will choose to vote for the white thug Bush as president has chosen to fight us, and we will consider it our enemy, and any state that will vote against Bush has chosen to make peace with us, and we will not characterize it as an enemy. By this characterization, Sheikh Osama wants to drive a wedge in the American body, to weaken it, and he wants to divide the American people itself between enemies of Islam and the Muslims, and those who fight for us, so that he doesn't treat all American people as if they're the same. This letter will have great implications inside the American society, part of which are connected to the American elections, and part of which are connected to what will come after the elections."(3)

Another interesting aspect of the speech is the fact that while bin Laden made his specific threat to each U.S. state, he also offered an election deal to the American voters, attempting to influence the election by these means rather than influencing it through terrorist attacks.(4) This peace offer is a theme that follows up on his April speech directed to Europe, in which he offered a truce.(5) The Islamist website Al-Islah explains: "Some people ask 'what's new in this tape?' [The answer is that] this tape is the second of its kind, after the previous tape of the Sheikh [Osama bin Laden], in which he offered a truce to the Europeans a few months ago, and it is a completion of this move, and it brings together the complementary elements of politics and religion, political savvy and force, the sword and justice. The Sheikh reminds the West in this tape of the great Islamic civilization and pure Islamic religion, and of Islamic justice..."

Posted by Jeff at October 31, 2004 11:59 PM

Comments

Bush did not capture Bin Laden.

After 9/11 that should have been the #1 priority of the President of the USA.

It's only natural that he will loose his job over this failure..

Posted by: Sam Miller at November 1, 2004 01:01 AM


Back then, right about the time that Bush made his comment about not really being all that concerned about bin Laden, I was arguing that it'd be good if bin Laden went a good long time without being captured.

Just imagine if he had! There'd be people out there saying, "Okay, you've got him...this 'war on terror' thing can end now!" That would not be good.

Capturing or killing bin Laden isn't that important. He's been rendered impotent, that's what's important. People who think that capturing him is important are people who think of the 9/11 issue as being a police matter (John Kerry is among them). It isn't, and should never be confused with one, else it'll happen again.

Posted by: Jeff at November 1, 2004 11:00 AM


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