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Bin Laden's grievances - transcript from Al Jazeera
Following is the English transcript of Usama bin
Ladin's speech in a videotape aired by Aljazeera on Friday 29 October. In the
interests of authenticity the transcript, which appeared as subtitles at the
foot of the screen, has been left unedited.
To begin: Peace be upon he
who follow the Guidance.
People of United States, this talk of mine is for you and
concerns the ideal way to prevent another Manhattan and deals with the war and
its causes and results.
Before I begin, I say to you that security is an
indispensable pillar in human life and that free men do not forfeit their
security contrary to Bush's claims that we hate freedom.
If so, then let him explain why did not strike -
for example - Sweden.
And we know that freedom haters do not possess defiant
spirits like those of the 19 may Allah have mercy on them.
No, we fight because we are free men who do not
sleep under oppression.
want to restore freedom to our Nation and just as you lay waste to our Nation so
shall we lay waste to yours.
But I am amazed at you. Even though we are in the
fourth year after the events of September 11, Bush is still engaged in
distortion, deception and hiding from you the real cause and thus the reasons
are still there for a repeat of what occurred.
So I shall talk to you about the story behind
those events and I shall tell you truthfully about the moments in which the
decision was taken for you to consider.
I say to you Allah knows that it had never
occurred to us to strike towers.
But after it became unbearable and we witnessed
the oppression and tyranny of the America/Israeli coalition against our people
in Palestine and Lebanon, it came to my mind.
The events that affected my soul in a difficult
way started in 1982 when America permitted the Israelis to invade Lebanon and
the American 6th fleet helped them in that.
And the whole world saw and heard but did not
those difficult moments many hard to describe ideas bubbled in my soul but in
the end they produced intense feelings of rejection of tyranny and gave birth to
a strong resolve to punish the oppressors.
And as I looked at those demolished towers in
Lebanon it entered my mind that we should punish the oppressors in kind and that
we destroy towers in America in order that they taste some of what we tasted and
so that they be deterred from killing our women and children.
We have not found it difficult to deal with the
Bush administration in light of the resemblance it bears to the regimes in our
countries, half of which are ruled by the military and the other half of which
are ruled by the sons of kings and presidents.
Our experience with them is lengthy and both
types are replete with those who are characterised by pride, arrogance, greed
and misappropriation of wealth.
This resemblance began after the visits of Bush
Senior to the region at a time when some of our compatriots were dazzled by
America and hoping that these visits would have an effect on our countries. All
of a sudden he was affected by these monarchies and military regimes and became
jealous of their remaining decades in their position to embezzle the public
wealth of the Nation without supervision or accounting.
So he took dictatorship and suppression of
freedoms to his son and they named it the Patriot Act under the pretences of
addition, Bush sanctioned the installing of sons as state governors and did not
forget to import expertise in election fraud from the regions presidents to
Florida to be made use of in moments of difficulty.
All that we have mentioned has made it easy for
us to provoke and bait this administration.
And for the record, we had agreed with the
Commander-General Muhammad Ataa, Allah have mercy on him, that all the
operations should be carried out within 20 minutes before Bush and his
never occurred to us that the Commander in Chief of the armed forces would
abandon 50,000 of his citizens in the twin towers to face those great horrors
alone at a time when they most needed him.
But because it seemed to him that occupying
himself by talking to the little girl about the goat and its butting was more
important than occupying himself with the planes and their butting of the
skyscrapers we were given three times the period required to execute the
operations. All praise is due to Allah.