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According to the just released National Intelligence Estimate (pdf), US actions in Iraq inspire terrorism. For a second - and earlier - opinion on the topic, here's Osama bin Laden:
The best proof of this is the Americans' continuing aggression against the Iraqi people using the Peninsula as a staging post...Those comments are from February, 1998 - but they aren't the first (see bin Laden's 1996 Fatwa, for example) or last words from that source on that subject. In fact, in May, 1998 bin Laden answered questions posed to him by some of his followers and ABC news reporter John Miller.
Second, despite the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed, which has exceeded 1 million... despite all this, the Americans are once against trying to repeat the horrific massacres, as though they are not content with the protracted blockade imposed after the ferocious war or the fragmentation and devastation.
All these crimes and sins committed by the Americans are a clear declaration of war on Allah, his messenger, and Muslims...
On that basis, and in compliance with Allah's order, we issue the following fatwa to all Muslims:
The ruling 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 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.
Praise be Allah and prayers and peace upon Mohammed. With respect to the Western governments that participated in the attack on the land of the two Holy Mosques regarding it as ownerless, and in the siege against the Muslim people of Iraq, we have nothing new to add to the previous message. What prompted us to address the American government in particular is the fact that it is on the head of the Western and the crusading forces in their fight against Islam and against Muslims. The two explosions that took place in Riyadh and in Khobar recently were but a clear and powerful signal to the governments of the countries which willingly participated in the aggression against our countries and our lives and our sacrosanct symbols...Bin Laden's 1998 comments can be read in the broader context of that year's events here.
John Miller, ABC: Describe the situation when your men took down the American forces in Somalia.
Osama bin Laden: After our victory in Afghanistan and the defeat of the oppressors who had killed millions of Muslims, the legend about the invincibility of the superpowers vanished. Our boys no longer viewed America as a superpower. So, when they left Afghanistan, they went to Somalia and prepared themselves carefully for a long war. They had thought that the Americans were like the Russians, so they trained and prepared. They were stunned when they discovered how low was the morale of the American soldier... America assumed the titles of world leader and master of the new world order. After a few blows, it forgot all about those titles and rushed out of Somalia in shame and disgrace, dragging the bodies of its soldiers. America stopped calling itself world leader and master of the new world order, and its politicians realized that those titles were too big for them and that they were unworthy of them.
John Miller, ABC: The American people, by and large, do not know the name bin Laden, but they soon likely will. Do you have a message for the American people?
Osama bin Laden: I say to them that they have put themselves at the mercy of a disloyal government, and this is most evident in Clinton's administration ...
The American government is leading the country towards hell. ... We say to the Americans as people and to American mothers, if they cherish their lives and if they cherish their sons, they must elect an American patriotic government that caters to their interests not the interests of the Jews. If the present injustice continues with the wave of national consciousness, it will inevitably move the battle to American soil...
John Miller, ABC: In America, we have a figure from history from 1897 named Teddy Roosevelt. He was a wealthy man, who grew up in a privileged situation and who fought on the front lines. He put together his own men - hand chose them - and went to battle. You are like the Middle East version of Teddy Roosevelt.
Perhaps they lacked satellite or cable television at headquarters in 1998. And while we can sometimes see the past in significantly more clarity than the future, eight years later one can only read the current NIE, acknowledge that intel agencies are seemingly catching on, but still wonder how the course of history might have changed if a US government superspy from that bygone era had used an antenna to intercept the ABC broadcast signal, and a radio or television to unscramble and display the encoded message...
Update/footnote: Hillary Clinton now:
"I'm certain that if my husband and his national security team had been shown a classified report entitled 'Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States,' he would have taken it more seriously than history suggests it was taken by our current president and his national security team."Apparently the Clintons weren't paying attention to ABC in 1998.
1998 is also the year that Zawahiri made a trip to Baghdad and received $300,000 from either Saddam himself or one of his top aides.
The Clinton administration was well aware of this (and later the 9-11 commission was made aware of it).
Listen to Lt. Col. Buzz Patterson tell the whole story in this audio interview if you are interested....Mark Eichenlaub at September 28, 2006 01:34 AM
I excerpted and linked at Old War Dogs >> Bill's Bites -- 2006.09.27. Still can't leave you trackbacks.Posted by Bill Faith at September 28, 2006 03:27 AM
"An event in the American homeland got a little more attention. Still, little lasting impressions remained with most Americans, even after the car bombing attack on the World Trade center basement in 1993."
Hillary is certain her husband didn't have sex with "that woman".
A swing and,...
a hit! Looks that one's outta here; home run baby! Home run.Posted by SonnyJim at September 28, 2006 03:37 PM
"In America, we have a figure from history from 1897 named Teddy Roosevelt. He was a wealthy man, who grew up in a privileged situation and who fought on the front lines. He put together his own men - hand chose them - and went to battle. You are like the Middle East version of Teddy Roosevelt"
What disgusting bootlicking by John Miller.
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