'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Monday, November 01, 2004

And For Allah's Sake How About Putting Chomsky on Nightline Once in Awhile? -- Is That Too Much to Ask? 

Here is the full transcript of Bin Laden's new tape. It is a truly curious statement -- curious because it is so secular, so political, and, most of all, so absolutely rational. Bin Laden's statement is, for instance, much more coherent than a boiler-plate George W. Bush foreign policy speech.

Most of the interesting sections of the statement have been reported in the mainstream press, but there was one bit that I found somewhat amusing in that Bin Laden name drops one of American Leftist's usual suspects:

Is defending oneself and punishing the aggressor in kind, objectionable terrorism? If it is such, then it is unavoidable for us.

This is the message which I sought to communicate to you in word and deed, repeatedly, for years before September 11th.

And you can read this, if you wish, in my interview with Scott in Time Magazine in 1996, or with Peter Arnett on CNN in 1997, or my meeting with John Weiner in 1998.

You can observe it practically, if you wish, in Kenya and Tanzania and in Aden. And you can read it in my interview with Abdul Bari Atwan, as well as my interviews with Robert Fisk.

The latter is one of your compatriots and co-religionists and I consider him to be neutral. So are the pretenders of freedom at The White House and the channels controlled by them able to run an interview with him? So that he may relay to the American people what he has understood from us to be the reasons for our fight against you?

If I'm reading the above correctly, the emphasized text is terrorist mastermind, Osama Bin Laden, bitching about the fact that they just don't interview Robert Fisk on CNN enough. It's a strange world.

I also like the part in which he discusses how similar BushCo is to a currupt Middle Eastern despotic regime.

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