UBL in his own words
OK -- below you can read the entire transcript of Osama's rant. It tallies almost line for line with the talking points of the Kerry campaign and the Ted Kennedy, Michael Moore and Al Gore wing of the leftist democrats. And what's interesting to me is that for all Bin Laden's posturing as a wise and insightful leader of his people, attacking us more in sorrow than in anger, and justifying his attacks as simply a natural reaction to the evil depradations of the United States and Israel, he completely misunderstands and miscontrues American motivations and reactions. Or should I say, he has become convinced that the left-wing rantings of Michael Moore, Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry and the idiots of Hollywood represent mainstream American thinking. So he parrots their idiotic talking points. You almost wonder that he sits in on the morning briefing with John Kerry as they plot how to blame more bad stuff in the world on George Bush.
Where could he have gotten the bit about the children's goat story and the 7 minutes if not from Michael Moore's movie? And he acts like he didn't want to kill all those people but it was evil Bush who sat and read for 7 minutes who is responsible for the carnage.
But he is completely wrong if he thinks this is going to influence the election towards Kerry. This is probably the worst news Kerry could have imagined, it is probably the worst news the MSM could have imagined. They had inoculated themselves (they thought) to what they fully expected was a production of Bin Laden right before election day by George Bush in an October Surprise, by predicting it ahead of time. It was months ago that Maddie Albright, in all seriousness asked this question in the green room of one of the TV talk shows. Just a week or two ago Theresa Heinz was predicting that the Bush administration had Osama in hiding and would produce him. So can you imagine the grinding and gnashing of teeth tonight?
Not only that, this preempts any more surprises the MSM and Kerry Kamps may have had in store for Bush, a la the missing explosives story. I was fully expecting that more stories were upcoming. And as a matter of fact there was some story that had HALIBURTON (run children, run!!!) in it today. But this story is just going to blow everything else out of the water until election day.
And Kerry, in his statement, started off OK -- stating that Americans were all united in their opposition to terrorists and their determination to hunt them down, etc. -- but then he just couldn't resist getting his political digs in. This is such bad form. It exposes him as the pathetic, opportunistic and cynical political hack that he has always been. He exposes himself once more as completely unready to take any position of power.
There is no question that this tape puts the issue and danger of a major terror attack on our soil front and center, right up until election day. And it reminds everyone that the dangers of terrors are real -- and that there is no way to avoid the battles that lie ahead.
As such, it is a tremendous miscalculation on the part of Bin Laden. And you only have to look at the faces of the dem spokesnoids tonight to see the utter gloom and doom that this has cast over their chances to win. Bin Laden thought all he had to do was echo Michael Moore's movie, and American would tremble and rush to support Kerry. But those words of Kerry's and Kennedy's are going to turn to ashes in their mouths on election day. I predict that this will swing any undecided or wishy-washy voter solidly into the Bush camp on election day. And hopefully, will discourage Kerry voters.
From my lips to God's ears.
Here is the translated text of the OBL speech via CNN:
Bin Laden: 'Your security is in your own hands'
(CNN) -- Osama bin Laden delivered a new videotaped message which aired on the Arab language network Al-Jazeera Friday. This is a transcript of his remarks as translated by CNN senior editor for Arab affairs Octavia Nasr.
You, the American people, I talk to you today about the best way to avoid another catastrophe and about war, its reasons and its consequences.
And in that regard, I say to you that security is an important pillar of human life, and that free people do not compromise their security.
Contrary to what [President George W.] Bush says and claims -- that we hate freedom --let him tell us then, "Why did we not attack Sweden?" It is known that those who hate freedom don't have souls with integrity, like the souls of those 19. May the mercy of God be upon them.
We fought with you because we are free, and we don't put up with transgressions. We want to reclaim our nation. As you spoil our security, we will do so to you.
I wonder about you. Although we are ushering the fourth year after 9/11, Bush is still exercising confusion and misleading you and not telling you the true reason. Therefore, the motivations are still there for what happened to be repeated.
And I will talk to you about the reason for those events, and I will be honest with you about the moments the decision was made so that you can ponder. And I tell you, God only knows, that we never had the intentions to destroy the towers.
But after the injustice was so much and we saw transgressions and the coalition between Americans and the Israelis against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, it occurred to my mind that we deal with the towers. And these special events that directly and personally affected me go back to 1982 and what happened when America gave permission for Israel to invade Lebanon. And assistance was given by the American sixth fleet.
During those crucial moments, my mind was thinking about many things that are hard to describe. But they produced a feeling to refuse and reject injustice, and I had determination to punish the transgressors.
And as I was looking at those towers that were destroyed in Lebanon, it occurred to me that we have to punish the transgressor with the same -- and that we had to destroy the towers in America so that they taste what we tasted, and they stop killing our women and children.
We found no difficulties in dealing with the Bush administration, because of the similarities of that administration and the regimes in our countries, half of which are run by the military and half of which are run by monarchs. And our experience is vast with them.
And those two kinds are full of arrogance and taking money illegally.
The resemblance started when [former President George H.W.] Bush, the father, visited the area, when some of our own were impressed by America and were hoping that the visits would affect and influence our countries.
Then, what happened was that he was impressed by the monarchies and the military regimes, and he was jealous of them staying in power for tens of years, embezzling the public money without any accountability. And he moved the tyranny and suppression of freedom to his own country, and they called it the Patriot Act, under the disguise of fighting terrorism. And Bush, the father, found it good to install his children as governors and leaders.
We agreed with the leader of the group, Mohammed Atta, to perform all attacks within 20 minutes before [President George W.] Bush and his administration were aware of what was going on. And we never knew that the commander-in-chief of the American armed forces would leave 50,000 of his people in the two towers to face those events by themselves when they were in the most urgent need of their leader.
He was more interested in listening to the child's story about the goat rather than worry about what was happening to the towers. So, we had three times the time necessary to accomplish the events.
Your security is not in the hands of [Democratic presidential nominee John] Kerry or Bush or al Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands. Any nation that does not attack us will not be attacked.
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