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:
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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…
We did not find it difficult to deal with Bush and his administration, because it is similar to regimes in our countries, half of which are governed by the military and the other half of which are governed by the sons of kings and presidents; and we have a long experience with them. In both categories, you find many who are characterized by hubris, arrogance, greed, and unlawful acquisition of money. This similarity transpired since Bush Senior’s visit to the region.
While some of our people were dazzled by the United States and hoped that these visits would affect our countries, he, instead, was affected by these royal and military regimes, envying them for remaining in their posts for scores of years, embezzling public money without being held accountable or monitored. Accordingly, he transferred dictatorship and the repression of freedoms to his son by introducing the Patriot Act under the pretext of fighting terrorism. Bush Senior deemed it appropriate to assign his sons to states. He also did not forget to convey the [election] rigging experience from the leaders of the [Arab] region to Florida to benefit from it at critical times…
We had agreed with the chief amir [leader – of the 11 September hijackers] Mohammed Atta that he should accomplish all the operations within 20 minutes before Bush and his administration could take notice. It never occurred to us that the supreme commander of the US armed forces would leave 50,000 of his citizens in the two towers to face those great horrors alone, at a time when they needed him badly. This is because it seemed to him that being preoccupied with the little child’s talk about her goat and its butting was more important than being preoccupied with the planes and their ramming into the skyscrapers. This gave with three times the period required for carrying out the operations, praise be to God.
Your security does not lie in the hands of Kerry, Bush, or al-Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands. Each and every state that does not tamper with our security will have automatically assured its own security.