“My message to you concerns inciting and continuing to urge for jihad to repulse the grand plots that have been hatched against our nation, especially since some of them have appeared clearly, such as the occupation of the Crusaders, with the help of the apostates, of Baghdad, the house of the caliphate, under the trick of weapons of mass destruction. There is also the fierce attempt to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and destroy jihad and the mujahideen in beloved Palestine by employing the trick of the road map and the Geneva peace initiative.”
What we have here is yet another tape from Osama bin Laden. In this case, it came out early in January. Let me give you a quick summary of the message: blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Have you ever noticed that the pedantic tone of Osama’s taped messages sounds similar to Hitler’s Mein Kampf? Oh, no! I’ve invoked Godwin’s Law by mentioning Hitler; therefore, this message is over.
Still with me? Good. There are some pretty striking similarities between the two. Both have a hatred for Jews, and both went blah blah blah. Let’s look at some of what Osama said in that paragraph.
“…grand plots that have been hatched against our nation…” What nation would that be, Osama? The nation of Iraq? The nation of Afghanistan? But you are neither Iraqi nor Afghani, Osama. Could it be that you are talking about the whole Islamic nation? Who selected you as the spokesman for the billion Muslims on Earth? As President Bush has made clear, this is not a war against Islam; this is a war against cowardly thugs like you who hide behind the robes of Mohammed and pollute the words of Allah on their lying lips.
Why do Osama bin Laden and other terrorists hate America so? We would have been content to ignore his wide-eyed rantings in the Afghani mountains if he had not raised his hand against others. So why does he hate America? Steve Den Beste has written a fantastic treatise on why these terrorists hate America on his site:
It’s really difficult to exactly delineate who our enemies are, but they number in millions. They’re Arab and Muslim, but not every Arab is among them, and most Muslims are not….
[O]ur enemy is trying to compete in the 21st century footrace with both feet cast into buckets of concrete. They are profoundly handicapped by the very values that they hold most dear and that they believe make them what they are.
The nations and the peoples within the zone of our enemy’s culture are complete failures. Their economies are disasters. They make no contribution to the advance of science or engineering. They make no contribution to art or culture. They have no important diplomatic power. They are not respected. Most of their people are impoverished and miserable and filled with resentment, and those who are not impoverished are living a lie.
They hate us. They hate us because our culture is everything theirs is not. Our culture is vibrant and fecund; our economies are successful. Our achievements are magnificent. Our engineering and science are advancing at breathtaking speed. Our people are fat and happy (relatively speaking). We are influential, we are powerful, we are wealthy. “We” are the western democracies, but in particular “we” are the United States, which is the most successful of the western democracies by a long margin. America is the most successful nation in the history of the world, economically and technologically and militarily and even culturally….
We’re everything that they think they should be, everything they once were, and by our power and success we throw their modern failure into stark contrast, especially because we’ve gotten to where we are by doing everything their religion says is wrong. We’ve deeply sinned, and yet we’ve won. They are forced to compare their own accomplishments to ours because we are the standard of success, and in every important way they come up badly short. In most of the contests it’s not just that our score is higher, it’s that their score is zero.
They have nothing whatever they can point to that can save face and preserve their egos. In every practical objective way we are better than they are, and they know it.
Steve points out that these militant groups have three options: 1) they can stagnate, ceasing to wield power and influence in the world, 2) they can reform and turn their backs on militant Islamic ideas, or 3) they can lash out against America specifically and Western culture in general.
If they chose either of the first two options, we would not lift a hand to harm them. But since they have chosen to lash out in anger against us, America cannot allow them to stand, and their days are numbered. Saddam Hussein, the Taliban, and al Qaeda have already learned this lesson.
I strongly suggest visiting Steve Den Beste’s site. While I don’t agree with everything he writes, he is one of the best-thought-out writers I have encountered in a long time. In addition to the article above, I suggest reading the following articles: