Monday, September 10, 2007

Some More Osama

First, here's a link to the video and transcript:
It's a fairly good translation, and while I might quibble with some of the terminology my Arabic isn't good enough to really argue a few minor phrases.
Amongst the more salient quotes, Osama explains the war that he is fighting:

"To preface, I say: despite America being the greatest economic power and possessing the most powerful and up-to-date military arsenal as well; and despite it spending on this war and is army more than the entire world spends on its armies; and despite it being the being the major state influencing the policies of the world, as if it has a monopoly on the unjust right of veto; despite all of this, 19 young men were able - by the grace of Allah, the Most High- to change the direction of its compass. And in fact, the subject of the Mujahideen has become an inseparable part of the speech of your leader, and the effects and signs of that are not hidden."

"Since the 11th, many of America's policies have come under the influence of the Mujahideen, and that is by the grace of Allah, the Most High. And as a result, the people discovered the truth about it, its reputation worsened, its prestige was broken globally and it was bled dry economically, even if our interests overlap with the interests of the major corporations and also with those of the neoconservatives, despite the differing intentions."

It's important to understand what bin Laden is trying to achieve to effectively combat him, something that our current administration has completely failed at. bin Laden welcomed the American invasion of Iraq (and to a lesser extent Afghanistan) as an opportunity to drain the country, both militarily and economically.

Another part that I found interesting is his take on the history of religion. It isn't quite the wild eyed fanaticism that our media portrays.

"I say, refuting this unjust statement, that the morality and culture of the holocaust is your culture, not our culture. In fact, burning living beings is forbidden in our religion, even if they be small like the ant, so what of man?! The holocaust of the Jews was carried out by your brethren in the middle of Europe, but had it been closer to our countries, most of the Jews would have been saved by taking refuge with us. And my proof for that is in what your brothers, the Spanish, did when they set up the horrible courts of the Inquisition to try Muslims and Jews, when the Jews only found safe shelter by taking refuge in our countries. And that is why the Jewish community in Morocco today is one of the largest communities in the world. They are alive with us and we have not incinerated them, but we are a people who don't sleep under oppression and reject humiliation and disgrace, and we take revenge on the people of tyranny and aggression, and the blood of the Muslims will not be spilled with impunity, and the morrow is nigh for he who awaits."

"Also, your Christian brothers have been living among us for 14 centuries: in Egypt alone, there are millions of Christians whom we have not incinerated and shall not incinerate. But the fact is, there is a continuing and biased campaign being waged against us for a long time now by your politicians and many of your writers by way of your media, especially Hollywood, for the purpose of misrepresenting Islam and its adherents to drive you away from the true religion. The genocide of peoples and their holocausts took place at your hands: only a few specimens of Red Indians were spared, and just a few days ago, the Japanese observed the 62nd anniversary of the annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by your nuclear weapons."

That passage also includes the Hiroshima reference that I found significant in my earlier post.

There is a part of bin Laden's speech that I'm almost certain was at least partly written by Adam Gadahn, also known as Abbu Azzeem, the 28 year old American who joined al-Qaeda. Gadahn is strongly anti-capitalism.

"And despite this brazen attack on the people, the leaders of the West - especially Bush, Blair, Sarkozy and Brown- still talk about freedom and human rights with a flagrant disregard for the intellects of human beings. So is there a form of terrorism stronger, clearer and more dangerous than this? This is why I tell you: as you liberated yourselves before from the slavery of monks, kings, and feudalism, you should liberate yourselves from the deception, shackles and attrition of the capitalist system."

"If you were to ponder it well, you would find that in the end, it is a system harsher and fiercer than your systems in the Middle Ages. The capitalist system seeks to turn the entire world into a fiefdom of the major corporations under the label of "globalization" in order to protect democracy."

"And Iraq and Afghanistan and their tragedies; and the reeling of many of you under the burden of interest-related debts, insane taxes and real estate mortgages; global warming and its woes; and the abject poverty and tragic hunger in Africa: all of this is but one side of the grim face of this global system."

"So it is imperative that you free yourselves from all of that and search for an alternative, upright methodology in which it is not the business of any class of humanity to lay down its own laws to its own advantage at the expense of the other classes as is the case with you, since the essence of man-made positive laws is that they serve the interests of those with the capital and thus make the rich richer and the poor poorer."

Another simple deduction from this text, and bin Laden's appearance, is that he most certainly IS NOT living in a cave. His skin color is much better that it was in the 2004 video, when he had the ashen gray tone symptomatic of his kidney ailment. Clearly, he has access to medical treatment.

Again, it is important to recognize what bin Laden is trying to achieve, by understanding the history of his war with the Soviet Union. In his own words:

"Among them is the European thinker who anticipated the fall of the Soviet Union, which indeed fell. And it would benefit you to read what he wrote about what comes after the empire in regard to the United States of America. I also want to bring your attention that among the greatest reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union was their being afflicted with their leader Brezhnev, who was overtaken by pride and arrogance and refused to look at the facts on the ground. From the first year of the Afghanistan invasion, reports indicated that the Russians were losing the war, but he refused to acknowledge this, lest it go down in his personal history as a defeat, even though refusal to acknowledge defeat not only doesn't do anything to change the facts for thinking people, but also exacerbates the problem and increases the losses. And how similar is your position today to their position approximately two decades ago. The mistakes of Brezhnev are being repeated by Bush, who - when asked about the date of his withdrawing of forces from Iraq - said in effect that the withdrawal will not be during his reign, but rather, during the reign of the one who succeeds him. And the significance of these words is not hidden."

Remember, Osama did declare war on us. While the media characterizes him as a sort of raving lunatic, he is serious in what he says. Our administration appears incapable of understanding Osama's ability to manipulate America's policies.

A lot of my fellow lefties have pointed out how convenient the timing of bin Laden's tapes is for our shrub, wondering if he is just a propaganda tool. I would turn that around. bin Laden is an expert at propaganda in his own right, and times his tapes for maximum manipulative impact.

The fact that Osama is still alive six years after attacking the U.S. is evidence of the sheer incompetence of shrub's administration. And while I'll catch some flak for saying this, Osama bin Laden is winning his war.


Mauigirl said...

Thanks for this additional post, it really adds even more depth to the discussion. I agree that OBL is probably doing this for his own purposes and it's not some kind of Bush plot.

Fran said...

Py- thank you. You provide some interesting perspective and insight.

Anonymous said...

I know I'll go to Heck for saying this, but OBL almost makes sense.

How sad it is that he sounds more knowledgeable than our "Decider?"

Distributorcap said...

what flack?
osama is laughing himself into a pleasant sleep every night......

he has accomplished his goals beyond his wildest dreams....

Anonymous said...


I'm not sure if you ever covered this topic in your previous posts, but if you will indulge me this one question:

What would posses a man worth $500 Million to take up the mantle of anti-capitalism? pangs of conscience? religious fundamentalism?

I ask because I was trying to find some meaning -- some subtext -- in what he's communicating and it does not seem to add up that a man of such obscene wealth would be the head of insurgent organization.

I say insurgent and not terrorist because from a world perspective GWB is as much a terrorist as Osama is.

Mauigirl said...

Pygalgia, Jollyroger mentioned in my comments that Booman Tribune has an article (on the righthand side, look in the list) about the videotape and how it froze during the part that refers to recent events. Do you think he may be right, that it is forged? The translation may be right, but is he really saying it?

I have to say this gave me some doubts...and if it's not real and is forged, the question is, who forged it? Them...or our own government? And I wouldn't put it past them.