bin Laden's Message
transcript of Osama bin Laden's speech that was sent
to Aljazeera as a videotape in November 2004.
be to Allah who created the creation for his worship and
commanded them to be just and permitted the wronged one
to retaliate against the oppressor in kind. To proceed:
be upon he who follows the guidance: People of America this
talk of mine is for you and concerns the ideal way to prevent
another Manhattan, and deals with the war and its causes
I begin, I say to you that security is an indispensable
pillar of human life and that free men do not forfeit their
security, contrary to Bush's claim that we hate freedom.
If so, then let him explain to us why we don't strike for
example - Sweden? And we know that freedom-haters don't
possess defiant spirits like those of the 19 - may Allah
have mercy on them.
we fight because we are free men who don't sleep under oppression.
We want to restore freedom to our nation, just as you lay
waste to our nation. So shall we lay waste to yours.
one except a dumb thief plays with the security of others
and then makes himself believe he will be secure. Whereas
thinking people, when disaster strikes, make it their priority
to look for its causes, in order to prevent it happening
I am amazed at you. Even though we are in the fourth year
after the events of September 11th, Bush is still engaged
in distortion, deception and hiding from you the real causes.
And thus, the reasons are still there for a repeat of what
I shall talk to you about the story behind those events
and shall tell you truthfully about the moments in which
the decision was taken, for you to consider.
say to you that security is an
indispensable pillar of human life
and that free men do not forfeit
their security, contrary to Bush's
claim that we hate freedom. If so,
then let him explain to us why we
don't strike for example - Sweden?
to you, Allah knows that it had never occurred to us to
strike the towers. But after it became unbearable and we
witnessed the oppression and tyranny of the American/ Israeli
coalition against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, it
came to my mind.
events that affected my soul in a direct way started in
1982 when America permitted the Israelis to invade Lebanon
and the American Sixth Fleet helped them in that. This bombardment
began and many were killed and injured and others were terrorized
couldn't forget those moving scenes, blood and severed limbs,
women and children sprawled everywhere. Houses destroyed
along with their occupants and high rises demolished over
their residents, rockets raining down on our home without
situation was like a crocodile meeting a helpless child,
powerless except for his screams. Does the crocodile understand
a conversation that doesn't include a weapon? And the whole
world saw and heard but it didn't respond.
those difficult moments many hard-to-describe ideas bubbled
in my soul, but in the end they produced an intense feeling
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 oppressor in kind and
that we should 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.
that day, it was confirmed to me that oppression and the
intentional killing of innocent women and children is a
deliberate American policy. Destruction is freedom and democracy,
while resistance is terrorism and intolerance.
means the oppressing and embargoing to death of millions
as Bush Sr. did in Iraq in the greatest mass slaughter of
children mankind has ever known, and it means the throwing
of millions of pounds of bombs and explosives at millions
of children - also in Iraq - as Bush Jr. did, in order to
remove an old agent and replace him with a new puppet to
assist in the pilfering of Iraq's oil and other outrages.
fight because we are free men
who don't sleep under oppression...
just as you lay waste to our nation.
So shall we lay waste to yours.
No one except a dumb thief plays
with the security of others and then
makes himself believe he will be secure.
with these images and their like as their background, the
events of September 11th came as a reply to those great
wrongs, should a man be blamed for defending his sanctuary?
defending oneself and punishing the aggressor in kind, objectionable
terrorism? If it is such, then it is unavoidable for us.
is the message which I sought to communicate to you in word
and deed, repeatedly, for years before September 11th.
you can read this, if you wish, in my interview with Scott
in Time Magazine in 1996, or with Peter Arnett on CNN in
1997, or my meeting with John Weiner in 1998.
can observe it practically, if you wish, in Kenya and Tanzania
and in Aden. And you can read it in my interview with Abdul
Bari Atwan, as well as my interviews with Robert Fisk.
latter is one of your compatriots and co-religionists and
I consider him to be neutral. So are the pretenders of freedom
at The White House and the channels controlled by them able
to run an interview with him? So that he may relay to the
American people what he has understood from us to be the
reasons for our fight against you?
you were to avoid these reasons, you will have taken the
correct path that will lead America to the security that
it was in before September 11th. This concerned the causes
of the war.
for its results, they have been, by the grace of Allah,
positive and enormous, and have, by all standards, exceeded
all expectations. This is due to many factors, chief amongst
them, that we have 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 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. This resemblance began after
the visits of Bush Sr. to the region.
couldn't forget those moving scenes,
blood and severed limbs,
women and children sprawled
everywhere. Houses destroyed along
with their occupants and high rises
demolished over their residents,
rockets raining down on our home
without mercy... And the whole world
saw and heard but it didn't respond.
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 those monarchies
and military regimes, and became envious of their remaining
decades in their positions, 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 pretense
of fighting terrorism. In addition, Bush sanctioned the
installing of sons as state governors, and didn't forget
to import expertise in election fraud from the region's
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. All that we have to do is
to send two Mujahideen to the furthest point East to raise
a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaida, in order
to make the generals race there to cause America to suffer
human, economic, and political losses without their achieving
for it anything of note other than
some benefits for their private companies.
is in addition to our having experience in using guerrilla
warfare and the war of attrition to fight tyrannical superpowers,
as we, alongside the Mujahideen, bled Russia for 10 years,
until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat.
Praise is due to Allah.
we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the
point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great
being said, those who say that al-Qaida has won against
the administration in the White House or that the administration
has lost in this war have not been precise, because when
one scrutinizes the results, one cannot say that al-Qaida
is the sole factor in achieving those spectacular gains.
the policy of the White House that demands the opening of
war fronts to keep busy their various corporations - whether
they be working in the field of arms or oil or reconstruction
- has helped al-Qaida to achieve these enormous results.
so it has appeared to some analysts and diplomats that the
White House and us are playing as one team towards the economic
goals of the United States, even if the intentions differ.
I looked at those demolished
towers in Lebanon, it entered my mind
that we should punish the oppressor
in kind and that we should destroy
towers in America in order that they
taste some of what we tasted.
it was to these sorts of notions and their like that the
British diplomat and others were referring in their lectures
at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. (When they
pointed out that) for example, al-Qaida spent US$500,000
on the event, while America, in the incident and its aftermath,
lost - according to the lowest estimate - more than US$500
that every dollar of al-Qaida defeated a million dollars
by the permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number
for the size of the economic deficit, it has reached record
astronomical numbers estimated to total more than a trillion
even more dangerous and bitter for America is that the Mujahideen
recently forced Bush to resort to emergency funds to continue
the fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, which is evidence of
the success of the bleed-until-bankruptcy plan - with Allah's
is true that this shows that al-Qaida has gained, but on
the other hand, it shows that the Bush administration has
also gained, something of which anyone who looks at the
size of the contracts acquired by the shady Bush administration-linked
mega-corporations, like Haliburton and its kind, will be
convinced. And it all shows that the real loser is... you.
is the American people and their economy. And 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 twenty minutes, before Bush and his
never occurred to us that the commander-in-chief of the
American armed forces would abandon 50,000 of his citizens
in the twin towers to face those great horrors alone, the
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 - All Praise is
Due to Allah.
having experience in using
guerrilla warfare and the war of
attrition to fight tyrannical
superpowers, as we, alongside the
Mujahideen, bled Russia for 10 years,
until it went bankrupt and was forced
to withdraw in defeat.
it's no secret to you that the thinkers and perceptive ones
from among the Americans warned Bush before the war and
told him, "All that you want for securing America and removing
the weapons of mass destruction - assuming they exist -
is available to you, and the nations of the world are with
you in the inspections, and it is in the interest of America
that it not be thrust into an unjustified war with an unknown
the darkness of the black gold blurred his vision and insight,
and he gave priority to private interests over the public
interests of America.
the war went ahead, the death toll rose, the American economy
bled, and Bush became embroiled in the swamps of Iraq that
threaten his future. He fits the saying, "Like the naughty
she-goat who used her hoof to dig up a knife from under
I say to you, over 15,000 of our people have been killed
and tens of thousands injured, while more than a thousand
of you have been killed and more than 10,000 injured. And
Bush's hands are stained with the blood of all those killed
from both sides, all for the sake of oil and keeping their
private companies in business.
aware that it is the nation who punishes the weak man when
he causes the killing of one of its citizens for money,
while letting the powerful one get off, when he causes the
killing of more than 1,000 of its sons, also for money.
the same goes for your allies in Palestine. They terrorize
the women and children, and kill and capture the men as
they lie sleeping with their families on the mattresses,
that you may recall that for every action, there is a reaction.
it behooves you to reflect on the last wills and testaments
of the thousands who left you on the 11th as they gestured
in despair. They are important testaments, which should
be studied and researched.
state that doesn't play with our
security has automatically guaranteed
its own security.
the most important of what I read in them was some prose
in their gestures before the collapse, where they say, "How
mistaken we were to have allowed the White House to implement
its aggressive foreign policies against the weak without
supervision." It is as if they were telling you, the people
of America, "Hold to account those who have caused us to
be killed, and happy is he who learns from others' mistakes,"
And among that which I read in their gestures is a verse
of poetry, "Injustice chases its people, and how unhealthy
the bed of tyranny."
has been said, "An ounce of prevention is better than a
pound of cure."
know that, "It is better to return to the truth than persist
in error." And that the wise man doesn't squander his security,
wealth and children for the sake of the liar in the White
conclusion, I tell you in truth, that
your security is not in the hands of Kerry, nor Bush, nor
security is in your own hands. And every state that doesn't
play with our security has automatically guaranteed its
Allah is our Guardian and Helper, while you have no Guardian
or Helper. All Peace
be Upon he who follows the Guidance.
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