?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Below I have quoted the closing paragraphs of Osama Bin Laden's broadcast on Al Jazeera TV from Thursday, January 19. I had not read it until today, but I am glad I finally did read it. He spoke about torture and rape, and of the hopeless suicides of American soldiers caught between fighting an unjust war and the punishing devices of a vicious government. He spoke about Bush's lies and of the financial support that he gets from "war merchants". Bin Laden is insightful and direct. I honor his fight to the death against our president, his cronies and our war and profit machine. I hear more compassion in his promise to give us hell than I hear in Bush's constant promise that they are "making progress" at sacrificing our young men for the almighty oil dollar. I am sorry that I am a hypocrite and pay taxes to a government which has so horrifically wronged so many people. As tax day approaches this becomes constantly more painful. There must be a better way.

The entire text can be found on the BBC at:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4628932.stm

Bin Laden's words, which are clearly directed at the American people:

"Finally, I would like to tell you that the war is for you or for us to win. If we win it, it means your defeat and disgrace forever as the wind blows in this direction with God's help.

If you win it, you should read the history. We are a nation that does not tolerate injustice and seek revenge forever.

Days and nights will not go by until we take revenge as we did on 11 September, God willing, and until your minds are exhausted and your lives become miserable and things turn [for the worse], which you detest.

As for us, we do not have anything to lose. The swimmer in the sea does not fear rain. You have occupied our land, defiled our honour, violated our dignity, shed our blood, ransacked our money, demolished our houses, rendered us homeless, and tampered with our security. We will treat you in the same way.

You tried to deny us the decent life, but you cannot deny us a decent death. Refraining from performing jihad, which is sanctioned by our religion, is an appalling sin. The best way of death for us is under the shadows of swords.

Do not be deluded by your power and modern weapons. Although they win some battles, they lose the war. Patience and steadfastness are better than them. What is important is the outcome.

We have been tolerant for 10 years in fighting the Soviet Union with our few weapons and we managed to drain their economy.

They became history, with God's help.

You should learn lessons from that. We will remain patient in fighting you, God willing, until the one whose time has come dies first. We will not escape the fight as long as we hold our weapons in our hands.

I swear not to die but a free man even if I taste the bitterness of death. I fear to be humiliated or betrayed.

Peace be upon those who follow guidance."


I (liveonearth) say---
PEACE BE UPON all who fight for truth in the face of greed, violence and treachery. For those who say Bin Laden is treacherous, I say: look, he has told us straight up what he will do and why. He has done this while our own leaders have lied to us incessantly for years and show no signs of stopping. Who is treacherous?

.....................The swimmer in the sea does not fear rain.

Comments

aughraseye
Mar. 18th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
I spent my night last night reading about social stratification and racism, and I came to the conclusion that it all is an institution, deliberate, intelligent, and calculated. I don't know much about history (I don't care to, as I think it's mostly propaganda and rose-coloring of events that paint "us" in a favorable light) but I've *never* seen any administration be so sloppy and arrogant. Yet news analysts everywhere are baffled as to why gas prices have spiked in coincidence with the stock market and why the federal government couldn't wouldn't do anything about Katrina. HELLO!! They're too busy laughing all the way to the bank to give a fuck! And people are so hopelessly stupid and zoned into whatever fantasy they've been conditioned to worship that they don't even see it, even though the Bush administration's story has more holes than swiss cheese.

As a "psychologist," I assert that the root of the problem is the way people think. That's gotta change.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 18th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
the way people think
I think it's the way people DON'T think that is the problem.
aughraseye
Mar. 18th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: the way people think
Even people who do think are distracted by polital agendas and by ethnocentric assesments of the various types of people who coexist on this planet. Many people also have to cope with debilitating psychological problems such as unresolved fear and anger. Still, I believe that even people who "don't think" are actually a product of a carefully crafted plan to produce non-critical thinkers who memorize instead of understand and who accept at face value rather than question with critical analysis.
liveonearth
Mar. 19th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
Re: the way people think
Yesssssss. Noncritical thinking is what our school system currently trains youngsters to do. And there is precious little training in genuine acceptance, in being nonjudgmental. In spite of all the "diversity" workshops that people are forced to attend... Our culture is becoming more xenophobic instead of less. It must implode.
liveonearth
Mar. 18th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
laughing all the way to the bank
You're onto something here. One way that the "powers" maintain control is by giving us plenty of "others" to hate and fear. Terrorists. Blacks. Muslims. Chinese. Whatever, it doesn't matter. The result is the same: we forfeit our rights and moneys for "protection" via police & military.

The police state does not serve the people. It serves business and government.

Can't wait until you dig into the book: The Guru Papers. This book makes is SO CLEAR how religion is used as a form of individual MIND CONTROL and following from that, social control.
aughraseye
Mar. 18th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
Re: laughing all the way to the bank
I followed your one saved memory and found that article about fear, the amygdala, and lack of higher brain functions. I ABSOLUTELY agree. "BiiiIIIiIIirrRRrDDDdd FFffflLLllUuuuUUu, AAAaaaahhHHHhH!" I was asking Ty's parents last night if anyone ever picks up on the fact that it's one thing to fear after another. But everyone just keeps eating it up.

I'd like to add that people who watch TV constantly spend a frightful amount of money on bullshit consumer products.

Profile

moon
liveonearth
liveonearth

Latest Month

October 2019
S M T W T F S
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Tags

Page Summary

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by chasethestars