Monday, November 01, 2004

Bin Laden Threatened States That Vote For Bush

The trrue translation of the Osama Bin Laden tape calls for the defeat of George W. Bush and offers a pact pf protection for any state that votes against him. This translation, which was made by MEMRI and verified on an Islamist website, is a more direct attempt to meddle in the election than previously thought:

The tape of Osama bin Laden that was aired on Al-Jazeera(1) on Friday, October 29th included a specific threat to "each U.S. state," designed to influence the outcome of the upcoming election against George W. Bush. The U.S. media in general mistranslated the words "ay wilaya" (which means "each U.S. state")(2) to mean a "country" or "nation" other than the U.S., while in fact the threat was directed specifically at each individual U.S. state. This suggests some knowledge by bin Laden of the U.S. electoral college system. In a section of his speech in which he harshly criticized George W. Bush, bin Laden stated: "Any U.S. state that does not toy with our security automatically guarantees its own security."

The Islamist website Al-Qal'a explained what this sentence meant: "This message was a warning to every U.S. state separately. When he [Osama Bin Laden] said, 'Every state will be determining its own security, and will be responsible for its choice,' it means that any U.S. state that will choose to vote for the white thug Bush as president has chosen to fight us, and we will consider it our enemy, and any state that will vote against Bush has chosen to make peace with us, and we will not characterize it as an enemy. By this characterization, Sheikh Osama wants to drive a wedge in the American body, to weaken it, and he wants to divide the American people itself between enemies of Islam and the Muslims, and those who fight for us, so that he doesn't treat all American people as if they're the same. This letter will have great implications inside the American society, part of which are connected to the American elections, and part of which are connected to what will come after the elections."(3)

The amount of information kept from the electorate during this campaign has been incredible. The press has refused to make John Kerry sign form 180 as they insisted the President. The press never pressed Kerry on his 20 year Senate record. They never asked about his meetings with the North Vietnamese Communists while still a Navy officer. They refused to allow any good news from Iraq to make it to the public. The refusal to air all of the Bin Laden tape or to at least provide the correct transcript of the tape is just the latest ommission by a press that has become more and more like the monolithic press of the old Soviet Union. Bin Laden wants Bush to lose and he actually states on the portion of the tape that wasn't aired that the war on terror has crippled Al-Queda's ability to function. But Americans do not get to hear that, simply because the press does not want them to.
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