[FoRK] Osama as Write-In Candidate...

Ian Andrew Bell (FoRK) fork at ianbell.com
Tue Nov 2 23:44:24 PST 2004

If this is true, he speaks with more understanding and concern for the 
fate of Americans than either candidate in tonight's election.

I doubt it is, however.  The Washington Post transcript is here and is 
structurally entirely different:


On 2-Nov-04, at 8:31 PM, Adam L Beberg wrote:

> http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FK02Aa04.html
> More evil genius stuff (why are they always evil?)
> -- 
> Adam L. Beberg
> http://www.mithral.com/~beberg/
> ----------
> What Osama might have told America
> By Spengler
> Al-Jazeera aired only four minutes of Osama bin Laden's videotape 
> released last week, leaving the media to guess about what the 
> remaining 14 minutes might contain. An anonymous source sent me what 
> purports to be a transcript of the rest of the tape. I cannot  vouch 
> for its authenticity, but it is just what I would have said if I were 
> Osama bin Laden.
> Here is what Osama bin Laden supposedly said:
> "People of America, it does not matter whom you choose as president. 
> Islam will prevail. We do not have to fight you; we merely have to let 
> you destroy yourselves. The Great Satan is a monster that devours its 
> children.
> "Slanderers claim that I represent an authoritarian form of Islam. But 
> what has the freedom of the modern world done to your Christianity? 
> Religion has died in Europe. You have done even worse. Like everything 
> in the Greater America of globalization, you have turned religion into 
> a consumer goods. Americans choose among 139 major brands of 
> Christianity. Your old churches close for lack of worshippers, and you 
> build new churches in shopping malls where religion is sold along with 
> sausages. [1]
> "You have made a modern world, and you brand us as relics of a 
> tenebrous past. You say that we are violent, but you have raised your 
> children in a nightmare of violence unlike anything the world has seen 
> before. By the time an American child reaches the age of 18, he will 
> have seen on television 40,000 murders and 200,000 other acts of 
> violence. [2]
> "Slanderers in your midst say that Islam oppresses women. Islam 
> protects the modesty of women with purdah and the veil. You turn your 
> women into whores. You cannot turn on your television without hearing 
> a vulgar mention of sex every three minutes. [3]
> "Not only do your children incessantly observe violence and sex, but 
> you give them the means to play at it. The most popular computer game 
> for American children, called Grand Theft Auto, encourages the player 
> to buy relations with a prostitute and afterward beat her to death.
> "Slanderers in your midst claim that Islam promotes violence against 
> women. Your worship of the flesh provokes women to commit violence 
> against themselves. At American universities, two out of five female 
> students starve themselves or vomit up their food in a perverse 
> attempt to fit the criteria for sexual attractiveness established by 
> your fashion industry. [4]
> "Your evil will destroy your seed. It is not merely the fatherless and 
> despised, the poor and outcast, who wither and perish in the 
> contaminated soil of America, but the coddled offspring of your 
> prosperous elites. You have given your young people freedom, but it 
> has only brought them misery. You have depraved them with your false 
> promise of freedoms and left them with nothing but terror of the 
> world, to the point that one in six of your university students 
> suffers a mental illness. [5]
> "People of America, your leaders falsely tell you that jihadis love 
> death rather than life. It is true that life to us means more than the 
> material existence on this Earth, but also life everlasting - but did 
> not your prophets tell you the same thing? If we hate life, why do we 
> have more children than you? The population of the Arab world doubled 
> during the 20 years between 1978 and 1998, and between 1998 and 2010 
> will have grown by yet another third. [6]
> "It is you, not us, who foster a culture of death. Where in the Muslim 
> world can you find a form of music such as 'death metal', which revels 
> in the putrefaction of human flesh? Groups with names like Cannibal 
> Corpse have sold scores of millions of records. This, O Americans, is 
> the blessing progress which you propose in your benevolence to bestow 
> upon Muslim youth? It would be better to learn from us how to cut a 
> flute from a reed. [7]
> "One candidate tells you that he will enlist foreign allies in your 
> crusade against us. These supposed allies are the ones who love death. 
> In half a century the number of Europeans will fall by 50 million, 
> because the Europeans no longer love life enough to bring new life 
> into this world. Three hundred and twenty years ago a Muslim army 
> stood before the gates of Vienna, and Europe barely escaped conversion 
> to the true faith at swordpoint. During the next half-century Muslims 
> will wander into Europe and replenish the half-empty towns with 
> people, and the sound of children's voices once again will be heard - 
> but in Arabic.
> "Because they hate life, your supposed allies are cowards. Half a 
> millennium ago the Spanish empire drove Islam from its territory; this 
> year a few bombs at a railway station panicked the pathetic remnants 
> of Spain into retreat from Iraq. You are fools to count on them. Even 
> the Zionist Bernard Lewis admits that Islam will prevail in Europe 
> before the end of this century.
> "People of America, your soldiers are brave but your leaders are 
> fools. You tremble at the loss of a thousand lives in Iraq. Perhaps 
> with another thousand, and a thousand more, you will establish the 
> peace of the cemetery in the cities of the Mesopotamian plain for 
> another month or another year. We do not think in terms of next month, 
> or next year. We look with hope and resolution toward the victory of 
> our children's children, who will dominate Europe. Their children's 
> children will dominate America.
> "Abandon the false hope of freedom and submit to Allah. You cannot go 
> back to the traditional life of your forefathers, because the monster 
> of globalization has plowed it under. Not an American in 20 could find 
> his way back to the village of his great-grandfather. You cannot go 
> forward, because your souls are too weak to find a way through the 
> pitfalls of the modern world. Like the Europeans, you too will become 
> weary of life, weary of raising children, weary of your mastery - and 
> the world will belong to us.
> "Have a nice day."
> Notes
> [1] US megachurches bring shopping mall theology to thirtysomethings. 
> 'As Americans like going to shopping malls for all their consumer 
> needs in one spot, so self-styled "megachurches" are the fastest 
> growing form of service in the country. They offer a one-stop 
> spiritual supermarket. A cafe sells food and drinks. Baptisms are 
> conducted at a pool to one side where "warm water" is promised. There 
> are picnic spots and walks through manicured gardens in addition to 
> church softball and basketball teams. Parties are held for singles to 
> meet fellow believers. The church's target market is the 
> thirtysomethings, many now with young children, who are seeking to 
> return to religion. Having grown up in an era of consumerism they are 
> looking not only for God in a church, but also a variety of 
> facilities.'
> [2] TV Bloodbath: Violence on Prime Time Broadcast TV
> [3] Wired for Raunch. "The overall combined per-hour rate of sexual 
> references, use of coarse language, and instances of violence was 
> 21.7."
> [4] Psychology Today, November/December 2004, p 62: "Anorexia or 
> bulimia in florid or subclinical form now afflicts 40 percent of women 
> at some time in their college career."
> [5] Loc Cit. "The University of Michigan Depression Center … estimates 
> that 15 percent of college students are suffering from that disorder 
> alone."
> [6] Middle East Economic Survey, Nov 15, 1999.
> [7] Cannibal Corpse lyrics
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