“Bin Laden has now ‘followed correct religious procedures’ to attack the United States!”
When bin Laden’s supporters set off bombs in different European cities, the Western World felt deceived because bin Laden had offered those specific localities certain conditions to be met that would supposedly protect them from attack!! However when an attack occurred anyway, many felt he had lied or tricked them. I submit another possility.
Based on a news article I found written by PRAVDA.Ru I think bin Laden was only meeting the Religious requirements he needed for the strikes to become sanctioned under Muslim fundimentalism law.
We were all stunned by the attacks that occurred on 9/11. Frankly, I think as a nation, we felt secure such an attack could never occur here in our homeland. I also think we were confident no one now had the capability since the old “USSR” collapsed. Though bin Laden and his minions had bombed our embassies all over the world and attacked the USS Cole, thnk we felt our security measures here at home were sufficient to prevent a homeland attack. Besides, those attacks and subsequent loss of life were a wake-up call. They reminded us that terrorists were indescriminate at times. They had no value for human life. But 9/11 changed all that! It showed us how far we had to go!
So here we are watching and waiting for the next attack. Our Homeland Security has done a great job over hauling our internal and external security agencies so that they can now “work” together instead of each agency uanble to help the other. Many people complain, especially along “party” lines that we are no safe now than before.
I don’t agree! This administration has re-rorganized both our military and our intelligence/security aggencies. It has redone buracracies that have been in place for decades. I think the changes that Mr. Bush and his administration have made in our government in defense, intelligence, and military are comparable to what Mr. Roosevelt did for our country socially with his New Deal Administration.
He also “undid” all the harm that Bernie Sanders left behind from the Clinton administration. Thank God for that or the death toll of our troops would have been in the thousands!! The partisan efforts of the Democrats hasn’t helped either. They have held up every cabinet appointment, every judicial appointment, every bit of legislation they could for no other reason than “they could do so!
Now bin Laden is back on the tubes. He released a new audio tape.
Here is the translation from CENTCOM:
On January 19th, 2006, Aljazeera broadcast an audio tape purportedly carrying a message from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to the people of the United States. The following is a transcript of that message:“In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate.“Peace be upon those who follow [God’s] guidance:“My message to you is about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the way to end it. I had not intended to speak to you about this issue, because, for us, this issue is already decided on: diamonds cut diamonds. Praise be to God, our conditions are always improving and becoming better, while your conditions are to the contrary of this.“However, what prompted me to speak are the repeated fallacies of your President Bush in his comment on the outcome of the US opinion polls, which indicated that the overwhelming majority of you want the withdrawal of the US forces from Iraq, but he objected to this desire and said that the withdrawal of troops would send a wrong message to the opponents. Bush said: It is better to fight them on their ground than they fight us on our ground. In my response to these fallacies, I say: The war in Iraq is raging, and the operations in Afghanistan are on the rise in our favor, praise be to God. The Pentagon figures indicate that there is a rise in the number of your dead and wounded, let alone the huge material losses, and let alone the collapse of the morale of the soldiers there and the increase in the suicide cases among them(?). So, just imagine the state of psychological breakdown that afflicts the soldier while collecting the remnants of his comrades’ dead bodies after being torn into pieces by landmines. In such a situation, the soldier gets caught between two fires. If he refuses to go out of his military barracks for patrols, he will face the penalties of the Vietnam butcher, and if he goes out, he will face the danger of mines. So, he is between two bitter situations, something which puts him under psychological pressure–fear, humiliation, and coercion. Moreover, his people are careless about him. So, he has no choice but to commit suicide. What you hear about him and his suicide is a strong message to you, which he wrote with his blood and soul while pain and bitterness eat him up so that you would save what you can save from this hell. However, the solution is in your hand if you care about them.“The news of our brother mujahidin, however, is different from what is published by the Pentagon. This news indicates that what is carried by the news media does not exceed what is actually taking place on the ground. What increases doubts on the information of the White House’s administration is its targeting of the news media, which carry some facts about the real situation. Documents have recently showed that the butcher of freedom in the world [US President George Bush] had planned to bomb the head office of Al-Jazirah Satellite Channel in the state of Qatar after he bombed its offices in Kabul and Baghdad, although, despite its defects, it is [Al-Jazirah] one of your creations.[The Emir of Qatar funded and set up the radio station]“Jihad is continuing, praise be to God, despite all the repressive measures taken by the US army and its agents, which have left no significant difference between these crimes and those of Saddam. These crimes include the raping of women and taking them hostage instead of their husbands. There is no power but in God.“The torturing of men has reached the point of using chemical acids and electric drills [to pierce] their joints. If they [those who torture them] become desperate with them, they drill their heads to death. If you like, read the humanitarian reports on the atrocities and crimes in the prisons of Abu Ghurayb, Guantanamo, and Bagram. [I didn’t realize men of God could be such liars!]“I say that despite all the barbaric methods, they have failed to ease the resistance, and the number of mujahidin, praise be to God, is increasing. In fact, reports indicate that the defeat and devastating failure of the ill-omened plan of the four–Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz–and the announcement of this defeat and working it out, is only a matter of time, which is to some extent linked to the awareness of the American people of the magnitude of this tragedy. The wise ones kno w that Bush has no plan to achieve his alleged victory in Iraq. If you compare the small number of those killed when Bush made that false and stupid show-like announcement from an aircraft carrier on the end of the major operations to the number of those killed or wounded in the minor operations, which was dozens of times more, then you will see the truth in what I am saying, and you will know that Bush and his administration have neither the desire nor the will to withdraw from Iraq for their own dubious reasons.“To go back to where I started, I say that the results of the poll satisfy sane people and that Bush’s objection to them is false. Reality testifies that the war against America and its allies has not remained confined to Iraq, as he claims. In fact, Iraq has become a point of attraction and recruitment of qualified resources. On the other hand, the mujahidin, praise be to God, have managed to breach all the security measures adopted by the unjust nations of the coalition time and again. The evidence of this is the bombings you have seen in the capitals of the most important European countries of this aggressive coalition. As for the delay in carrying out similar operations in America, this was not due to failure to breach your security measures. Operations are under preparation, and you will see them on your own ground once they are finished, God willing.“Based on the above, we see that Bush’s argument is false. However, the argument that he avoided, which is the substance of the results of opinion polls on withdrawing the troops, is that it is better not to fight the Muslims on their land and for them not to fight us on our land. We do not object to a long-term truce with you on the basis of fair conditions that we respect. We are a nation, for which God has disallowed treachery and lying. In this truce, both parties will enjoy security and stability and we will build Iraq and Afghanistan, which were destroyed by the war. There is no defect in this solution other than preventing the flow of hundreds of billions to the influential people and war merchants in America, who supported Bush’s election campaign with billions of dollars.“Hence, we can understand the insistence of Bush and his gang on continuing the war. If you have a genuine will to achieve security and peace, we have already answered you. If Bush declines but to continue lying and practicing injustice [against us], it is useful for you to read the book “The Rogue State”, the introduction of which reads:
“If I were a president, I would halt the operations against the United States. First, I will extend my apologies to the widows, orphans, and the persons who were tortured. Afterwards, I will announce that the US interference in the world countries has ended for ever.
“Finally, I would like to tell you that the war is for you or for us to win. If we win it, it means your defeat and disgrace forever as the wind blows in this direction with God’s help. If you win it, you should read the history. We are a nation that does not tolerate injustice and seek revenge forever. Days and nights will not go by until we take revenge as we did on 11 September, God willing, and until your minds are exhausted and your lives become miserable and things turn [for the worse], which you detest. As for us, we do not have anything to lose. A swimmer in the sea does not fear rain. You have occupied our land, defiled our honor, violated our dignity, shed our blood, ransacked our money, demolished our houses, rendered us homeless, and tampered with our security. We will treat you in the same way.what about our embassies and the USS Cole?
“You tried to deny us the decent life, but you cannot deny us a decent death. Refraining from performing jihad, which is sanctioned by our religion, is an appalling sin. The best way of death for us is under the shadows of swords. Do not be deluded by your power and modern weapons. Although they win some battles, they lose the war. Patience and steadfastness are better than them. What is important is the outcome. We had patiently foug h t the Soviet Union for 10 years with our few weapons and we managed to drain their economy. Thus, they became a history, with God’s help.
“You should learn lessons from that. We will remain patient in fighting you, God willing, until the one whose time has come dies first. We will not escape the fight as long as we hold our weapons in our hands.
“I swear not to die but a free man even if I taste the bitterness of death.
“I fear to be humiliated or betrayed. [Lines of poetry]
“Peace be upon those who follow [God’s] guidance.”
In a press briefing regarding the tape, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said, “We continue to act on all fronts to win the war on terrorism, and we will. The President is fully committed to doing everything within his power to prevent attacks and defeat the terrorists. We are taking the fight to the enemy; we are working to advance freedom and democracy, to defeat their evil ideology. We are winning. Clearly, al Qaeda and the terrorists are on the run. And that is why it is important that we do not let up, and that we do not stop until the job is done. And that’s what we will do.”
Responding to a journalist’s query about the possibility of a truce, McClellan said, “And as I indicated, clearly, the al Qaeda leaders and the terrorists are on the run. They’re under a lot of pressure. We do not negotiate with terrorists. We put them out of business. The terrorists started this war, and the President made it clear that we will end it at a time and place of our choosing. We continue to pursue all those who are seeking to do harm to the American people, and to bring them to justice.”
The Coalition is winning the Global War On Terror and bin Laden’s message is a clear indication of the desperate nature of al Qaeda and its extremist associates. With each successful election, the people of Iraq and Afghanistan are showing their brave resistance to the terrorists’ barbarity. CENTCOM proudly stands with the free citizens of these countries.
News from Russia – PRAVDA.Ru ran an interesting articele:
“Osama bin Laden is back”01/25/2006 10:03
In Bin Laden’s mind, and in the minds of likeminded fundamentalist jihadists, all the preconditions have been met for directly attacking the United StatesAfter a year of silence, Osama bin Laden has filled the world’s headlines with an audiotape, and the predictable opinions are being heard. Is his offering of a truce a sign of weakness or strength? Is he making such statements because he is harried or is the statement a result of the recent U.S. missile attack in Pakistan? All of these questions are to be expected from a media that has usually asked: Is he really alive? Where is he? It rarely asks: What did he say/mean?Bin Laden’s public statements – which have almost never been aired in full-length in the U.S. mainstream media – have been made primarily based on his religious/ideological considerations. He has consistently justified Al Qaeda’s actions and those of other jihad groups as a defensive struggle against Western encroachment on Islamic societies and the ‘apostate’ regimes currently ruling Muslim countries. Moreover, he has consistently elaborated basic themes: one-sided U.S. support for Israel at the expense of the Palestinians; U.S. historical and current support for ‘apostate’ Muslim regimes, such as that governing Saudi Arabia; the West’s pilfering of Muslims’ natural resources, especially oil; and the West’s cultural, political, and military attack on Muslims worldwide.After the 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., Al Qaeda was criticized by those within its own ideological persuasion, not for having attacked the U.S., but for 1. not having followed correct religious procedures. It had failed to get the proper religious/legal rulings in support of such an attack; 2. had not warned Muslims, women, children, and innocent civilians; and 3. had not made an offer of peaceful resolution – all before attacking.As of today, all of these conditions have been fulfilled with respect to the next attack in the U.S. Religious rulings have been obtained, warnings have been issued, and offers of a peaceful resolution – to accept a truce if the U.S. offers one – have been made. In Bin Laden’s mind, and in the minds of likeminded fundamentalist jihadists, all the preconditions have been met for directly attacking the United States. This is the real meaning of the audiotape.Brad K. Berner
Professor at Western International University, Phoenix, Arizona
Brad K. Berner is the author of The World According to Al Qaeda (2005) and the forthcoming Jihad: Bin Laden in His Own Words (March 2006) and Quotations from Osama Bin Laden (March 2006)I am interseted on others opinion here. Frankly I think if anyone can understand their mind set, the Russians can. They have a long standing “up close and personal” basis for the views expressed here. I really think we ought to give this all some serious consideration!Here’s a little fun for you all! http://www.code7r.org/Bintoons/bt4.htm
~ by devildog6771 on January 31, 2006.