The Boston Globe today hides the major thrust of the tape from Osama Bin Laden, casting it as a message “not to follow either President Bush or his challenger John F. Kerry but to change US foreign policy and stop threatening the world’s Muslims.”
This is political spin at its finest, not journalism.
The actual transcript of the Al-Jazeera broadcast is found on the BBC. It is a virulent anti-Bush screed that repeats many charges made by Democratic thought-leader Michael Moore. It takes all of 2 minutes to read the transcript itself, and absorb some news without such overwhelming Globe-Kerry spin.
Echoing Moore, Bin Laden accuses Bush of deception, corruption, rigging the Florida election, and ignoring the attack while reading a schoolbook to a little girl (maybe he has actually seen Fahrenheit 9/11!). Here are some words of Bin Laden that you won’t find printed in the Boston Globe:
Security is an important pillar of human life. Free people do not relinquish their security. This is contrary to Bush's claim that we hate freedom. Let him tell us why we did not strike Sweden, for example. It is known that those who hate freedom do not have proud souls, like the souls of the 19 people [killed while perpetrating the 11 September 2001 attacks], may God have mercy on them. We fought you because we are free and do not accept injustice. We want to restore freedom to our nation. Just as you waste our security, we will waste your security.
I am amazed at you. Although almost four years have passed since the [11 September] incidents, Bush is still practicing distortion and confusion. He also continues to conceal from you the real reason [for the 11 September attacks]. Thus, the motives still exist for repeating what happened. I will speak to you about the reasons behind these incidents. I will honestly tell you about the minutes in which the decision was made so that you will consider. I say to you that God knows that the idea of striking the towers never occurred to us. But, after things had gone too far and we saw the injustice of the US-Israeli alliance against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, I started thinking of that…