Sunday, April 23, 2006

New Bin Laden Tape: Ten Main Points

Walid Phares wrote in Counterterrorism Blog Al Jazeera aired audiotape-fragments it said was from Bin Laden. In it, the leader of al Qaida made the following main ten points:

  1. Hamas: Despite the fact that we (including Ayman Zawahiri) warned (Muslim Palestinians) not to take part in elections in general, the victory of Hamas shows that there is a "Crusader Zionist War against Islam."
    Are you really looking for another Crusades? How did Islam come out in the last one.
    Cutting foreign aid to the Palestinians because of Hamas victory proves that war.
    If the Islamic world really supports the Palestinians, le it provide their support. If you want us to provide it, then we have a right to decide on the terms.
  2. The public (in the West and the US), despite our warnings, continues to reelect these Governments, pay taxes to these Governments, and send their children to fight against us. They (civilians) are therefore part of the war against us. They are responsible for any harm that would be caused to them.
    The Quran provides that if you kill innocents, you will go to hell.
  3. Sudan: The Bashir Government is failing in stopping the Crusader War in Sudan. The Crusaders (Britain) has pushed the southerners (Blacks) to separate. The US has armed them and is supporting them. And now, because of tribal tensions in Darfour, the Crusaders are planning on intervening there. We are calling on the Jihadists to fight them in Darfour and Southern Sudan.
    Sounds like you really want to see another Crusade
  4. Long War: We're calling on all Jihadists, particularly in Sudan and the Arabian Peninsula to prepare themselves for a long war.
    Do they want war, or do they want peace?
  5. Danish Cartoons: We are asking the Danish Government to remit the Cartoonists to al Qaida.
    Will al Qaida remit the cartoonists that draw cartoons about Jews to Israel?
  6. Saudis: We criticize the Saudi Monarch for refuting the idea of Clash of civilization. There is a clash led by the West against Islam.
    No, there is a clash by a False Islam against true Islam AND the West
  7. Arab Liberals: Jihadists must silence the Arab and Muslim liberals. (A list has been established, but it wasn't aired).
    Moderate and Liberal Arabs must silence the Jihadists.
  8. Education: We warn from any change that would affect the educational curriculum in the Arab and Muslim world.
    It should teach true Islam, rather than the Jihadists version.
  9. Arab TV: We warn against those TV stations airing into the region and propagating Crusader propaganda.
    Can't stand the truth, huh.
  10. Truce: We offered a truce to the West (US and Europe) but their public refused to accept it. They will only blame themselves.

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