Friday, October 29, 2004

Bin Laden Speaks

After almost three years, another video message from Osame bin Laden has emerged. The new OBL tape (text), promises a renewed jyhad against America. Both Kerry and Bush very quickly came out against the tape and professed their intention to eliminate terrorism.

The tape was aired by Al-Jazeera despite significant pressure from the American and Qatari governments. It is unclear how Al-Jazeera got the tape.

The video runs eighteen minutes in length, with bin Laden speaking for slightly under fifteen minutes. He appears to be in good health, which would indicate he is under medical care given that he has a variety of health problems. Perhaps more importantly, bin Laden speaks of the American election, claiming that neither Bush nor Kerry control the safety of the American people but rather individual citizens. OBL continues to state that they will not attack American if America does not attack them. He condemns the role of the US in the Middle East, citing the invasion of Lebanon as the formative point in his life which created his ideology. In light of recent information that as many as 100,000 Iraqi civilians died during the war it is easy to see why Muslims may be extremely angry with the Western World.

Perhaps the most powerful part of the tape is bin Laden's response to Bush's claim that Al Qaeda attacked America because they hate freedom. His answer was simple and to the point. Why then, did we not attack Sweden?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you seriously supporting the nonsense that madman spouted? He is nuts, there is no justification for what he did.

11:48 p.m.  
Blogger Gracchi said...

I'm not trying to claim that what bin Laden perpetrated was justfied. Rather, his anger was understandable. There is a huge difference and trying to claim that he is a madman ignores the evils the Western world has perpetrated in the region.

11:57 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see the difference. If you say their anger was justified then how are their actions not justified? You are trying to justify the murder of 3000 innocents.

12:00 a.m.  
Blogger Caurus said...

If you don't see a difference that's your problem. There is a huge difference, we can understand his anger and not agree with his actions. Its fairly simple. He has every reason to be angry, but there are better ways to deal with his anger. Like just hitting military targets.

12:21 a.m.  
Blogger Hobbesian said...

Generally, there is a difference in those two points. In an emotional issue like this the lines are blurred. IMHO it makes no difference. This is an issue of war.

12:59 a.m.  
Blogger Marina974 said...

Don't count the Liberals out yet. The Conservatives have little traction in Ontario, none in Quebec and minimal amounts in the maritimes. An election might get forced, but I can't see the conservatives winning.

1:05 a.m.  
Blogger Marina974 said...

Whoops, posted in wrong thread :P

The muslims have a lot of reasons to be mad at the western world. I could understand a lot of things, but attacking civilians across the world is something that is just unacceptable.

I don't think Gracchi was trying to justify it at all, merely stating that they have reason to be angry.

1:13 p.m.  
Blogger Gracchi said...

I most definetly was not suggesting 9/11 was a justified attack. The muslims have reason to be angry, however there are better ways to display that anger. Working within their own government, or the established structures within the Middle East. I firmly believe the muslims have reason to be upset and lash out against the US, but there are ways to carry this out without resorting to violence.

1:17 p.m.  
Blogger Caurus said...

The real question at this point is how will the tape effect the election? Personally, I think this is a huge boon for Bush.

1:22 p.m.  

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