"Transcript Ã¢â‚¬â€ Osama slams Dems for failing to end war, praises Chomsky, calls for end of democracy"
Sources tell ABC News the [verified new bin Laden tape] is approximately 30 minutes long, and does not contain overt threats to the United States.
According to the transcript, bin Laden opens with “praise to Allah” and his “law of retaliation” — “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and the killer is killed.”
Bin Laden also spoke to the ongoing situation in Iraq throughout the tape, heavily criticizing the Bush administration.
He says to the American people, “you made one of your greatest mistakes, in that you neither brought to account nor punished those who waged this war, not even the most violent of its murderers, [former Defense Secretary Donald] RumsfeldÃ¢â‚¬Â¦”
“You permitted Bush to complete his first term, and stranger still, chose him for a second term, which gave him a clear mandate from you — with your full knowledge and consent — to continue to murder our people in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then you claim to be innocent! The innocence of yours is like my innocence of the blood of your sons on the 11th — were I to claim such a thing.”
— Interesting to note that even bin Laden won’t go so far as native American superscholar Ward Churchill, which tells you a little bit about our academic fringe, though that’s a Billy Jack post for another day —
Bin Laden says President Bush’s words echo “neoconservatives like Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Richard Perle.”
“People of America: the world is following your news in regards to your invasion of Iraq, for people have recently come to know that, after several years of tragedies of this war, the vast majority of you want it stopped. Thus, you elected the Democratic Party for this purpose, but the Democrats haven’t made a move worth mentioning. On the contrary, they continue to agree to the spending of tens of billions to continue the killing and war there.”
The transcript indicates that bin Laden refers to statements from U.S. soldiers in Iraq, from an interview taped by a British journalist. Portions of the interview aired in a July report on ABC News.
“It would benefit you to listen to the poignant messages of your soldiers in Iraq, who are paying — with their blood, nerves and scattered limbs — the price for these sorts of irresponsible statements,” the transcript says.
“Among them is the eloquent message of Joshua which he sent by way of the media, in which he wipes the tears from his eyes and describes American politicians in harsh terms and invites them to join him there for a few days,” the statement continues.
According to the transcript, bin Laden says there are two ways to end the war:
“The first is from our side, and it is to continue to escalate the killing and fighting against you.”
The second is to do away with the American democratic system of government. “It has now become clear to you and the entire world the impotence of the democratic system and how it plays with the interests of the peoples and their blood by sacrificing soldiers and populations to achieve the interests of the major corporations.”
He goes on to call Noam Chomsky “among one of the most capable of those from your own side,” and mentions global warming and “the Kyoto accord.”
He also speaks to recent issues grabbing headlines in the United States, referring to “the reeling of many of you under the burden of interest-related debts, insane taxes and real estate mortgages; global warming and its woes…“
To borrow from Voltaire, if Osama bin Laden didn’t exist, Republicans would have to invent him.
At the very least, they might want to send him a fruit basket.
Notes Allah: “Remember, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an absolute article of faith on the left that Bin Laden wants us in Iraq, has always wanted us in Iraq, and will continue to want us in Iraq to give him a casus belli with which to recruit,” and so the “predictable leftist spin to come” will be that “OsamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s afraid weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to withdraw and is trying to bait us into staying via reverse psychology. In fact, given the inhospitability of Anbar, he may be looking for an excuse to get out himself and redeploy the new recruits into hitting Musharraf or targets in the west. He canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do that until we leave, though, or he loses face.”
Thankfully, it seems the anti-war Democrats (along with Ron Paul and a number of “true conservatives”) are about to lose face, as well.
Because let’s face it: having the world’s number 2 terrorist (just behind George Bush) come out and berate you for not following through with your promises to do his organization’s bidding — well, that can be a bit of a bummer, I imagine.
update: Rusty is quite thankful for the Chomsky reference. Sadly, old Noam probably is, too.
update 2: Allah calls UBL a socialist icon. Me, I think should he curb his penchant for blowing shit up, he might fit in quite well as mayor of that Other America that John Edwards is hoping to fix.
Like I said. Ron Silver in theatrical makeup and beard extensions. Google it, people!