Bin Laden Message to Europe: Withdraw from Afghanistan

Usama Bin Laden’s latest screed on the Western evacutation from Afghanistan is the height of hypocrisy, since Bin Laden actively connived at getting Western troops to go there. Abdel Bar Atwan is a prominent Arab journalist and intellectual. Here what he said about his meeting with Bin Laden in 1996:

‘ Osama Bin Laden told me when I interviewed him in November 1996, “I can’t fight the Americans on the American mainland. It is too far. But if I succeed in bringing the Americans where I can find them, where I can fight them on my own terms, on my turf, on my own ground, this will be the greatest success.”’

The USG Open Source Center translated Bin Laden’s newly-released message to Europe on withdrawing from Afghanistan from the German subtitles.

Bin Ladin Sends Message to ‘People of Europe,’ Urging Withdrawal From Afghanistan
Jihadist websites — OSC Summary
Friday, September 25, 2009
Document Type: OSC Summary

On 25 September, a forum participant posted to a jihadist website links to download an audio statement from Al-Qa’ida leader Usama Bin Ladin. The statement, entitled “A Message From Shaykh Usama Bin Ladin to the People of Europe,” is 4 minutes, 47 seconds in length, and in Arabic with German and English subtitles available. The video shows as still photograph of Bin Ladin.

The following is a translation of the German subtitles:

(Insert) Say to those who disbelieve, if they desist, that which is past shall be forgiven to them; and if they return, then what happened to the ancients has already passed. (8:38)

(Subtitles) All praise be to Allah, who forbade himself injustice and forbade it us (people).

To the European people: Peace to those who follow the path of righteousness. You know that violations bring down their originators and that injustice has deadly consequences. And killing people is an enormous injustice. This is precisely what your governments and soldiers are doing in Afghanistan under the cover of NATO.

They kill children, women, and the elderly, because Bush was angry with them. Even though you know that they were in no way aggressive against Europe nor had any connections with the events in the United States. So why do you violate values that you consider sacred, such as justice and human rights?
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Thus, would it not be appropriate to thoroughly think about this matter and to ask the people of reason and sensibility?

Not much longer, and the war in Afghanistan will be over. Afterwards not even a trace of the Americans will be found there. Much rather, they will retreat far away behind the Atlantic, if Allah so wishes. Then only we and you will be left.

Then, whoever was done an injustice, will revenge himself on that person who did him an injustice.

You are learning a lesson in Georgia, a state that is close to you. Its inhabitants were bombed and humiliated. They asked the Americans for help, to regain their sovereignty over what they had lost. But the Americans had only empty words for them. When they then screamed for help loudly, the American warships came. However, they did not come to reestablish sovereignty over Ossetia and Abkhazia, but to offer them something they do not need: some tents, a bit of food, and detergent.

Therefore, think about this very thoroughly, because a sensible person does not waste his children and his property in the interest of a gang in Washington. It is a disgrace for a person to be a member of an alliance, whose greatest leader does not care about the blood of the people and deliberately bombs villagers from the air. And I am one of the witnesses to this!

Then come the Humvees, and when the crew realize that the casualties were children, they let American generosity pour out and give the relatives of the victims $100 for every child they killed. This is a sad fact.

Is it possible to buy a sheep for $100 in Europe? This is what the lives of our innocent children are worth in the eyes of Washington and its allies!

So, what do you think our reaction will be? If you had seen how your American allies and their helpers gathered thousands of Taliban in containers, cramming them in like sardines, then kept them imprisoned until they died or threw them into rivers, then you would have understood the bloody events of Madrid and London.

When the United Nations initiated an investigations of the crimes of the north, the Bush administration put pressure on it and stopped the investigation. This is what American justice is like.

In summary: We demand neither something unjust nor absurd; and it is certainly part of justice for you to stop your injustice and withdraw your soldiers. It would also be sensible not to treat your neighbors badly. When Europe suffers from an economic crisis today, when its center is no longer topping the list of the world’s export nations, and the United States has started to sway strongly because of the bloodletting caused by the economic war, then what will it be like for you after the withdrawal of the Americans — God willing — when we decide to revenge ourselves for the oppression on the oppressor?

Happy is whoever learns a lesson from the mistakes committed by others. Modest precautions are better than expensive follow-up care. Returning to truth is better than insisting on falsehood. And peace be upon those who follow the path of righteousness.

(Insert) And if they incline to peace, then incline to it and trust in Allah; surely He is the Hearing, the Knowing. (8:61)
End/ (Not Continued)

11 Responses

  1. The best part of the statement is that he's a witness to the war he brought to Afghanistan. Is he better off now than he was on September 10, 2001? Not by a long shot.

  2. consumerism and religion opposed, both flawed, the initiator the West, on the defensive o.s.b.,

    there is no religion, philosophy, conceptual way of thinking that at this point in human history is not exclusive, short term and territorially bound.

    what for reassessing, inclusiveness, long-term, planetary thinking, preoccupation for next generations of humans, thus harmony with our environment assuring subsistence, could that be the only alternative.

    o.s.b. and the us are outdated phenomena, they carry bulk, inefficiency, introspection, dogma, and are not viable alternatives.

    the principle of democracy contradicts with territorial borders and nations as much as the dogmatic theoretic concepts of o.s.b. confine life to be close ended.

    m.

  3. Bush believed that if the 9/11 plans were made in Afghanistan then ALL Afghanis (men, women and children) MUST suffer and die. Additionally, their entire country AND neighboring Pakistan MUST be turned upside down. This man was elected TWICE !!! God help us. Now we have Obama speaking about escalating the mass destruction South Asia.

    Obama = Bush

  4. How much of this is just typical bin Laden reverse psychology, eg, the endorsement of Kerry over Bush, etc.

  5. Hypocrisy?

    First, even if it was true – we're talking about Osama Bin Laden. He killed 3000 civilians.

    Even if we argue that Clinton and Bush I were worse for the sanctions that killed a lot of Iraqi children, and Bush II was worse for all of the people he killed – and these are reasonable arguments – still hypocrite is very low compared to Bin Laden's other crime. I wouldn't call Bush a hypocrite. I mean, he is, but so what?

    But on the other hand, wanting Europe to leave Afghanistan is not really hypocritical. That increases the cost borne by the US – which is exactly what he wants, and what he has said he wanted in your quote.

    He didn't like that from the safety of the US homeland, the US was, in the name of supporting Israel, spreading misery throughout the Middle East and paying no cost.

    9/11 was a cost. US losses in Iraq and Afghanistan are costs. If Europe leaves and the US takes a bigger brunt of the fighting, the US will be paying a bigger price, essentially for its direct and indirect support of Israel.

    Cynical, but not hypocritical at all.

  6. Bin Laden puts himself in a win-win situation. If we stay he can be the champion of the resistence. If we leave, he can claim success. Unfortunately, it puts us, especially Obama, in a lose-lose. If we stay, it costs us blood and money for an elusive goal. If we leave, we leave Bin Laden a winner. The only choice, it seems to me, is to concentrate on taking down Bin Laden with a relatively small, focused, force. Is it possible?

  7. Accepting without objection that everything bad said about Usama Bin Laden is absolutely true and factual, I must say that the man is a true master of the art of leverage – like the pistol shot that starts an avalanche.

    9/11 leveraged the lives of nineteen hijackers and a small amount of logistic support to start the the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, establish Gitmo, wreck the US economy by empowering Bush and the Right to do all the stupid things they did, and ruin the US's reputation as the shining light on the hill.

    But we aren't we too easy to leverage? Do we have to act like loose snow on a steep slope? I think Obama came into office hoping to reduce overreaction to world events. But the latest Iranian announcement-of fact/secret-revealed seems to have tipped the scales to overreaction.

    For now it looks like Usama Bin Laden can carry on as usual. Sit in his cave, fire his pistol occasionally, and watch the snow and rock come tumbling down.

  8. Correction. The first sentence of the third paragraph of my comment should read:"But aren't we too easy to leverage?"

  9. Bin Ladin doesn't like NATO forces in Afghanistan? I guess he should have been careful what he wished for. He got it.

  10. curious how bin laden pops up when the usa is facing political difficulties with its imperialistic wars.

    has the tape been verified or is he speaking from the grave again?

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