A new video of Osama bin Laden makes no overt threats against the United States but boasts about the devastating impact the 2001 terror attacks had on the nation — both domestically and overseas.
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In a rambling 30-minute speech addressed to Americans, bin Laden references the attacks on New York and Washington several times, almost gloating about policy changes by the U.S. government in response.
"Nineteen young men were able — by the grace of Allah, the Most High — to change the direction of its compass," bin Laden says of the nation in a transcript of the video obtained by The Associated Press.
"Since the 11th, many of America's policies have come under the influence of the Mujahedeen," bin Laden says. "And as a result, the people discovered the truth about it; its reputation worsened, its prestige was broken globally and it was bled dry economically."
"Mujahedeen" is a term for Muslims fighting in a war or involved in any other struggle.
His call for America to get out of Iraq echoes the the talking points of every Democrat running for President -- but especially Kucinich, Gravel, and Richardson. Indeed, his position sounds even more like those taken by Cindy Sheehan, MoveOn.org and other anti-war radicals.
"Why have the Democrats failed to stop this war, despite them being the majority?" he asks, according to the translation provided by the SITE group. Later, answering his own question, he argues that the failure of Americans to stop the Iraq war was attributable to the political dominance of large corporations that "benefit from this continuation."
Remember that, America, when you go to the polls -- Osama bin Laden himself sees a vote for the Democrats as a vote for the ultimate victory of the jihad.
Bin Laden also plugs the works of Noam Chomsky in his video.
America has a choice. We can admit defeat and follow the prescription of Osama bin laden for ending the war in Iraq and the entire Crusade Against Jihadism. Alternatively, we can remain committed to victory in Iraq and the eventual eradication of the jihadis and their foul ideology. it is a question of whether America survives free or submits to the yoke of Islamism. As for me, I choose freedom.
Here is the full video, courtesy of the boys over at Jawa Report.
Death to the jihadis!
UPDATE: Don Surber notes that a great many of the statements made by Osama in this video could have been taken straight from the Cloaca Maxima of the internet.
Actual quotes from Osama bin Laden’s new tape via ABC News:
“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, Rumsfeld… “
“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.”
“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.”
UPDATE II: Gateway Pundit links to John Gibson's comparison of Osama's words with the words of Keith Olbermann.
Fifth columnist? Giving aid and comfort to the enemy? Why is he still on the air?
Also, at the Daily Gut they suggest that since Osama does not call for America's destruction in this video, just a departure from the Middle East, it is a sign that we have the jihadis on the run. After all, he's had to scale back his goal.
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