What Osama Had To Say
By James Donahue
If my years as a journalist
taught me anything it is this; there are always two sides to an issue. To do a fair and balanced job of reporting it is a
necessity that good journalists seek the opinions of both sides of a conflict and keep an objective eye open when writing
It would be wise for
us all to think this way when assessing America’s so-called “War On Terrorism.”
Remember that it all
began with what we perceived as an attack by Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network on September
11, 2001. The nation’s counter-attacks, lead by President George W. Bush, brought American and British troops first
to Afghanistan and then to Iraq where we have been embroiled in what now appears to be an unending horror story filled with
death and destruction at every turn.
all of this I have been quietly wondering why nobody in the State Department or the Pentagon ever attempted to contact bin
Laden, or representatives of his “terrorist network,” and ask what triggered such a vicious assault on our nation.
as I know, nobody in the Bush Administration has ever done this.
you might be wondering, I challenge you to read the transcript of the five-minute segment of the latest bin Laden taped message,
as it was shown on Arabic television Al-Jazerra, complete with English translations in subtitles.
translation was made by Arab editorial staff, in an Arab television station that has gained a reputation for its aggressive reporting
of events in Iraq, I believe the translation can be trusted to be as close to what bin Laden actually said as we laymen will
Reading this text is
more revealing than anything presented to us in the last two days by American news networks. There was, indeed, a reason for
the attack. We are given the text of only a portion of an 18-minute taped message. But in it, Osama not only tells us why
we were attacked on 9-11, he explains why it will happen again. It appears that he wants us to stop our aggressive attacks
on Moslem soil so we can all live in peace.
Would he really call
off the dogs if we suddenly shut down the wars in the Middle East and brought our troops home? We will never know the answer
to this because of the current mindset of the nation and certainly the leaders of both major political parties.
As a public service,
I am publishing the text as I found it on Al-Jazerra’s web site:
be upon he who follow the Guidance.
of United States, this talk of mine is for you and concerns the ideal way
to prevent another Manhattan and deals with the war and its
causes and results.
I begin, I say to you that security is an indispensable pillar in human life and that free men do not forfeit their security
contrary to Bush's claims that we hate freedom.
so, then let him explain why did not strike - for example - Sweden.
we know that freedom haters do not possess defiant spirits like those of the 19 may Allah have mercy on them.
we fight because we are free men who do not sleep under oppression.
want to restore freedom to our Nation and just as you lay waste to our Nation so shall we lay waste to yours.
I am amazed at you. Even though we are in the fourth year after the events of September 11, Bush is still engaged in distortion,
deception and hiding from you the real cause and thus the reasons are still there for a repeat of what occurred.
I shall talk to you about the story behind those events and I shall tell you truthfully about the moments in which the decision
was taken for you to consider.
say to you Allah knows that it had never occurred to us to strike towers.
after it became unbearable and we witnessed the oppression and tyranny of the America/Israeli coalition against our people
in Palestine and Lebanon,
it came to my mind.
events that affected my soul in a difficult way started in 1982 when America
permitted the Israelis to invade Lebanon
and the American 6th fleet helped them in that.
the whole world saw and heard but did not respond.
those difficult moments many hard to describe ideas bubbled in my soul but in the end they produced intense feelings of rejection
of tyranny and gave birth to a strong resolve to punish the oppressors.
as I looked at those demolished towers in Lebanon it entered my mind that
we should punish the oppressors in kind and that we destroy towers in America
in order that they taste some of what we tasted and so that they be deterred from killing our women and children.
have not found it difficult to deal with the Bush administration in light of the resemblance it bears to the regimes in our
countries, half of which are ruled by the military and the other half of which are ruled by the sons of kings and presidents.
experience with them is lengthy and both types are replete with those who are characterized by pride, arrogance, greed and
misappropriation of wealth.
resemblance began after the visits of Bush Senior to the region at a time when some of our compatriots were dazzled by America and hoping that these visits would have an effect
on our countries. All of a sudden he was affected by these monarchies and military regimes and became jealous of their remaining
decades in their position to embezzle the public wealth of the Nation without supervision or accounting.
he took dictatorship and suppression of freedoms to his son and they named it the Patriot Act under the pretences of fighting
addition, Bush sanctioned the installing of sons as state governors and did not forget to import expertise in election fraud
from the regions presidents to Florida to be made use of
in moments of difficulty.
that we have mentioned has made it easy for us to provoke and bait this administration.
for the record, we had agreed with the Commander-General Muhammad Ataa, Allah have mercy on him, that all the operations should
be carried out within 20 minutes before Bush and his administration notice.
never occurred to us that the Commander in Chief of the armed forces would abandon 50,000 of his citizens in the twin towers
to face those great horrors alone at a time when they most needed him.
because it seemed to him that occupying himself by talking to the little girl about the goat and its butting was more important
than occupying himself with the planes and their butting of the skyscrapers we were given three times the period required
to execute the operations.
praise is due to Allah.”