Saturday, January 21, 2006

On Thursday Al Jazeera broadcast a tape of Osama Bin Laden warning the West of more acts of terrorism. His message ended with the words (when translated by the Associated Press from the Arabic into English) of ...

"Finally, I say that war will go either in our favor or yours. If it is the former, it means your loss and your shame forever, and it is headed in this course. If it is the latter, read history! We are people who do not stand for injustice and we will seek revenge all our lives. The nights and days will not pass without us taking vengeance like on Sept. 11, God permitting. Your minds will be troubled and your lives embittered. As for us, we have nothing to lose. A swimmer in the ocean does not fear the rain. You have occupied our lands, offended our honor and dignity and let out our blood and stolen our money and destroyed our houses and played with our security and we will give you the same treatment.

You have tried to prevent us from leading a dignified life, but you will not be able to prevent us from a dignified death. Failing to carry out jihad, which is called for in our religion, is a sin. The best death to us is under the shadows of swords. Don't let your strength and modern arms fool you. They win a few battles but lose the war. Patience and steadfastness are much better. We were patient in fighting the Soviet Union with simple weapons for 10 years and we bled their economy and now they are nothing.

In that there is a lesson for you."

The message to me is very clear. We have a warning that more terrorist action is coming, they are in no rush. Just look at the history of the Middle East and all will become clear. I think the public should have a referendum on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq. What the West has done in the Middle East is wrong - we would resist the impositions of occupation if another country invaded our country and changed our elected government.

The sooner Bush and Blair realise this - the better, as we are living on borrowed time. We now know that other terrorists attacks will happen on our soil, we just do not know when. The time is ticking away and only the withdrawal of our troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq can guard our future domestic security. I do not believe that Bush and Blair are representative of their electorate, opinion polls explain this quite clearly.

The Middle East should be left to govern itself without the interference of the West. The people's of the Middle East know what is best for their own countries and cultures. They have the ability to form and run their own governments and should be left alone to do that without any help from us. They pose no threat to the West if they are not attacked on their own soil. Please respect their right to their own way of life and destiny.
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