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Complete transcript of Osama bin Laden’s September 7, 2007 message

This is just a straight up transcript. I didn’t know how many places would run the full thing without excerpting, so I figured I would, long and windy as it is. I found it fascinating.

“All praise is due to Allah, who built the heavens and earth in justice, and created man as a favour and grace from Him. And from His ways is that the days rotate between the people, and from His Law is retaliation in kind: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and the killer is killed. And all praise is due to Allah, who awakened His slaves’ desire for the Garden, and all of them will enter it except those who refuse. And whoever obeys Him alone in all of his affairs will enter the Garden, and whoever disobeys Him will have refused.

“As for what comes after: Peace be upon he who follows the Guidance. People of America: I shall be speaking to you on important topics which concern you, so lend me your ears. I begin by discussing the war which is between us and some of its repercussions for us and you.

“To preface, I say: despite America being the greatest economic power and possessing the most powerful and up-to-date military arsenal as well; and despite it spending on this war and is army more than the entire world spends on its armies; and despite it being the being the major state influencing the policies of the world, as if it has a monopoly on the unjust right of veto; despite all of this, 19 young men were able – by the grace of Allah, the Most High – to change the direction of its compass. And in fact, the subject of the Mujahedeen has become an inseparable part of the speech of your leader, and the effects and signs of that are not hidden.

“Since the 11th, many of America’s policies have come under the influence of the Mujahedeen, and that is by the grace of Allah, the Most High. 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, even if our interests overlap with the interests of the major corporations and also with those of the neoconservatives, despite the differing intentions.

“And for your information media, during the first years of the war, lost its credibility and manifested itself as a tool of the colonialist empires, and its condition has often been worse than the condition of the media of the dictatorial regimes which march in the caravan of the single leader.

“Then Bush talks about his working with al-Maliki and his government to spread freedom in Iraq, but he in fact is working with the leaders of one sect against another sect, in the belief that this will quickly decide the war in his favor.

“And thus, what is called the civil war came into being and matters worsened at his hands before getting out of his control and him becoming like the one who plows and sows the sea: he harvests nothing but failure.

“So these are some of the results of the freedom about whose spreading he is talking to you. And then the backtracking of Bush on his insistence on not giving the United Nations expanded jurisdiction in Iraq is an implicit admission of his loss and defeat there.

“The fact is that the Americans have no option but to continue the war. This tone is in fact an echoing of the words of neoconservatives like Cheney, Rumsfeld and Richard Pearle, the latter having said previously that the Americans have no choice in front of them other than to continue the war or face a holocaust.

“I say, refuting this unjust statement, that the morality and culture of the holocaust is your culture, not our culture. In fact, burning living beings is forbidden in our religion, even if they be small like the ant, so what of man?!

“The holocaust of the Jews was carried out by your brethren in the middle of Europe, but had it been closer to our countries, most of the Jews would have been saved by taking refuge with us. And my proof for that is in what your brothers, the Spanish, did when they set up the horrible courts of the Inquisition to try Muslims and Jews, when the Jews only found safe shelter by taking refuge in our countries. And that is why the Jewish community in Morocco today is one of the largest communities in the world. They are alive with us and we have not incinerated them, but we are a people who don’t sleep under oppression and reject humiliation and disgrace, and we take revenge on the people of tyranny and aggression, and the blood of the Muslims will not be spilled with impunity, and the morrow is nigh for he who awaits.

“Also, your Christian brothers have been living among us for 14 centuries: in Egypt alone, there are millions of Christians whom we have not incinerated and shall not incinerate. But the fact is, there is a continuing and biased campaign being waged against us for a long time now by your politicians and many of your writers by way of your media, especially Hollywood, for the purpose of misrepresenting Islam and its adherents to drive you away from the true religion. The genocide of peoples and their holocausts took place at your hands: only a few specimens of Red Indians were spared, and just a few days ago, the Japanese observed the 62nd anniversary of the annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by your nuclear weapons.

“And among the things which catch the eye of the one who considers the repercussions of your unjust war against Iraq is the failure of your democratic system, despite it raising of the slogans of justice, liberty, equality and humanitarianism. It has not only failed to achieve these things, it has actually destroyed these and other concepts with its weapons – especially in Iraq and Afghanistan – in a brazen fashion, to replace them with fear, destruction, killing, hunger, illness, displacement and more than a million orphans in Baghdad alone, not to mention hundreds of thousands of widows.

“Americans statistics speak of the killing of more than 650,000 of the people of Iraq as a result of the war and its repercussions.

“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 the 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, which has led to the vast majority of you being afflicted with disappointment.

“And here is the gist of the matter, so one should pause, think and reflect: why have the Democrats failed to stop this war, despite them being the majority?

“I will come back to reply to this question after raising another question, which is: Why are the leaders of the White House keen to start wars and wage them around the world, and make use of every possible opportunity through which they can reach this purpose, occasionally even creating justifications based on deception and blatant lies, as you saw Iraq?

“In the Vietnam War, the leaders of the White House claimed at the time that it was a necessary and crucial war, and during it, Rumsfeld and his aides murdered two million villagers. And when Kennedy took over the presidency and deviated from the general line of policy drawn up for the White House and wanted to stop this unjust war, that angered the owners of the major corporations who were benefiting from its continuation.

“And so Kennedy was killed, and Al-Qaeda wasn’t present at that time, but rather, those corporations were the primary beneficiary from his killing. And the war continued after that for approximately one decade. But after it became clear to you that it was an unjust and unnecessary war, 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. And even more incredible than that is that Bush picked him as secretary of defence in his first term after picking Cheney as his vice president, Powell as secretary of state and Armitage as Powell’s deputy, despite their horrific and blood history of murdering humans. So that was clear signal that his administration – the administration of the generals – didn’t have as its main concern the serving of humanity, but rather, was interested in bringing about new massacres. Yet in spite of that, 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! This innocence of yours is like my innocence of the blood of your sons on the 11th – were I to claim such a thing. But it is impossible for me to humour any of you in the arrogance and indifference you show for the lives of humans outside America, or for me to humour your leaders in their lying, as the entire world knows they have the lion’s share of that.

“These morals aren’t our morals. What I want to emphasise here is that not taking past war criminals to account led to them repeating that crime of killing humanity without right and waging this unjust war in Mesopotamia, and as a result, here are the oppressed ones today continuing to take their right from you.

“This war was entirely unnecessary, as testified to by your own reports. And among the most capable of those from your own side who speak to you on this topic and on the manufacturing of public opinion is Noam Chomsky, who spoke sober words of advice prior to the war, but the leader of Texas doesn’t like those who give advice. The entire world came out in unprecedented demonstrations to warn against waging the war and describe its true nature in eloquent terms like “no to spilling red blood for black oil,” yet he paid them no heed. It is time for humankind to know that talk of the rights of man and freedom are lies produced by the White House and its allies in Europe to deceive humans, take control of their destinies and subjugate them.

“So in answer to the question about the causes of the Democrats’ failure to stop the war, I say: they are the same reasons which led to the failure of former president Kennedy to stop the Vietnam war.

“Those with real power and influence are those with the most capital. And since the democratic system permits major corporations to back candidates, be they presidential or congressional, there shouldn’t be any cause for astonishment – and there isn’t any – in the Democrats’ failure to stop the war. And you’re the ones who have the saying which goes, “Money talks.” And I tell you: after the failure of your representatives in the Democratic Party to implement your desire to stop the war, you can still carry anti-war placards and spread out in the streets of major cities, then go back to your homes, but that will be of no use and will lead to the prolonging of the war.

“However, there are two solutions for stopping it. The first is from our side, and it is to continue to escalate the killing and fighting against you. This is our duty, and our brothers are carrying it out, and I ask Allah to grant them resolve and victory. And the second solution is from your side. It has now become clear to you and the entire world the impotence of the democratic system and how it plays with the interests of the peoples and their blood by sacrificing soldiers and populations to achieve the interests of the major corporations.

“And with that, it has become clear to all that they are the real tyrannical terrorists. In fact, the life of all of mankind is in danger because of the global warming resulting to a large degree from the emissions of the factories of the major corporations, yet despite that, the representative of these corporations in the White House insists on not observing the Kyoto accord, with the knowledge that the statistic speaks of the death and displacement of the millions of human beings because of that, especially in Africa. This greatest of plagues and most dangerous of threats to the lives of humans is taking place in an accelerating fashion as the world is being dominated by the democratic system, which confirms its massive failure to protect humans and their interests from the greed and avarice of the major corporations and their representatives.

“And despite this brazen attack on the people, the leaders of the West – especially Bush, Blair, Sarkozy and Brown – still talk about freedom and human rights with a flagrant disregard for the intellects of human beings. So is there a form of terrorism stronger, clearer and more dangerous than this? This is why I tell you: as you liberated yourselves before from the slavery of monks, kings, and feudalism, you should liberate yourselves from the deception, shackles and attrition of the capitalist system.

“If you were to ponder it well, you would find that in the end, it is a system harsher and fiercer than your systems in the Middle Ages. The capitalist system seeks to turn the entire world into a fiefdom of the major corporations under the label of “globalisation” in order to protect democracy.

“And Iraq and Afghanistan and their tragedies; and the reeling of many of you under the burden of interest-related debts, insane taxes and real estate mortgages; global warming and its woes; and the abject poverty and tragic hunger in Africa: all of this is but one side of the grim face of this global system.

“So it is imperative that you free yourselves from all of that and search for an alternative, upright methodology in which it is not the business of any class of humanity to lay down its own laws to its own advantage at the expense of the other classes as is the case with you, since the essence of man-made positive laws is that they serve the interests of those with the capital and thus make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

“The infallible methodology is the methodology of Allah, the Most High, who created the heavens and earth and created the Creation and is the Most Kind and All-Informed and the Knower of the souls of His slaves and the methodology that best suits them.

“You believe with absolute certainty that you believe in Allah, and you are full of conviction of this belief, so much so that you have written this belief of yours on your dollar.

“But the truth is that you are mistaken in this belief of yours. The impartial judge knows that belief in Allah requires straightness in the following of His methodology, and accordingly, total obedience must be to the orders and prohibitions of Allah alone in all aspects of life.

“So how about you when you associate others with Him in your beliefs and separate state from religion, then claim that you are believers?!

“What you have done is clear loss and manifest polytheism, And I will give you a parable of polytheism, as parables summarize and clarify speech. I tell you: its parable is the parable of a man who owns a shop and hires a worker and tells him, “Sell and give me the money,” but he makes sales and give the money to someone other than the owner. So who of you would approve of that?

“You believe that Allah is your Lord and your Creator and the Creator of this earth and that it is His property, then you work on His earth and property without His orders and without obeying Him, and you legislate in contradiction to His Law and methodology.

“This work of yours is the greatest form of polytheism and is rebellion against obedience to Allah with which the believer becomes an unbeliever, even if he obeys Allah in some of His other orders. Allah, the Most High, sent down His orders in His Sacred Books like the Torah and Evangel and sent with them the Messengers (Allah’s prayers and peace be upon them) as bearers of good news to the people.

“And our holding firm to this magnificent Book is the secret of our strength and winning of the war against you despite the fewness of our numbers and materiel. And if you would like to get to know some of the reasons for your losing of your war against us, then read the book of Michael Scheuer in this regard.

“Don’t be turned away from Islam by the terrible situation of the Muslims today, for our rulers in general abandoned Islam many decades ago, but our forefathers were the leaders and pioneers of the world for many centuries, when they held firmly to Islam.

“And before concluding, I tell you: there has been an increase in the thinkers who study events and happenings, and on the basis of their study, they have declared the approach of the collapse of the American Empire.

“Among them is the European thinker who anticipated the fall of the Soviet Union, which indeed fell. And it would benefit you to read what he wrote about what comes after the empire in regard to the United States of America. I also want to bring your attention that among the greatest reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union was their being afflicted with their leader Brezhnev, who was overtaken by pride and arrogance and refused to look at the facts on the ground. From the first year of the Afghanistan invasion, reports indicated that the Russians were losing the war, but he refused to acknowledge this, lest it go down in his personal history as a defeat, even though refusal to acknowledge defeat not only doesn’t do anything to change the facts for thinking people, but also exacerbates the problem and increases the losses. And how similar is your position today to their position approximately two decades ago. The mistakes of Brezhnev are being repeated by Bush, who – when asked about the date of his withdrawing of forces from Iraq – said in effect that the withdrawal will not be during his reign, but rather, during the reign of the one who succeeds him.

“And the significance of these words is not hidden.

“And here I say: it would benefit you to listen to the poignant messages of your soldiers in Iraq, who are paying – with their blood, nerves and scattered limbs – the price for these sorts of irresponsible statements. Among them is the eloquent message of Joshua which he sent by way of the media, in which he wipes the tears from his eyes and describes American politicians in harsh terms and invites them to join him there for a few days. Perhaps his message will find in you an attentive ear so you can rescue him and more than 150,000 of your sons there who are tasting the two bitterest things:

“If they leave their barracks, the mines devour them, and if they refuse to leave, rulings are passed against them. Thus, the only options left in front of them are to commit suicide or cry, both of which are from the severest of afflictions. So is there anything more men can do after crying and killing themselves to make you respond to them? They are doing that out of the severity of the humiliation, fear and terror which they are suffering. It is severer than what the slaves used to suffer at your hands centuries ago, and it is as if some of them have gone from one slavery to another slavery more severe and harmful, even if it be in the fancy dress of the Defense Department’s financial enticements.

“So do you feel the greatness of their sufferings?

“There is a message for you in the Mujahedeen: the entire world is in pursuit of them, yet their hearts, by the grace of Allah, are satisfied and tranquil. The true religion also puts peoples’ lives in order with its laws; protects their needs and interests; refines their morals; protects them from evils; and guarantees for them entrance into Paradise in the hereafter through their obedience to Allah and sincere worship of Him Alone.

“And it will also achieve your desire to stop the war as a consequence, because as soon as the warmongering owners of the major corporations realise that you have lost confidence in your democratic system and begun to search for an alternative, and that this alternative is Islam, they will run after you to please you and achieve what you want to steer you away from Islam. So your true compliance with Islam will deprive them of the opportunity to defraud the peoples and take their money under numberous pretexts, like arms deals and so on.

“There are no taxes in Islam, but rather there is a limited Zakaat (alms) totaling only 2.5 percent. So beware of the deception of those with the capital. And with your earnest reading about Islam from its pristine sources, you will arrive at an important truth, which is that the religion of all of the Prophets (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them) is one, and that its essence is submission to the orders of Allah Alone in all aspects of life, even if their Shariah (laws) differ.

“And did you know that the name of the Prophet of Allah Jesus and his mother (peace and blessings of Allah be on them both) are mentioned in the Noble Koran dozens of times, and that in the Koran there is a chapter whose name is “Maryam,” i.e. Mary, daughter of ‘Imran and mother of Jesus (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them both)? It tells the story of her becoming pregnant with the Prophet of Allah Jesus (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them both), and in its confirmation of her chastity and purity, in contrast to the fabrications of the Jews against her. Whoever wishes to find that out for himself must listen to the verse of this magnificent chapter: one of the just kings of the Christians – the Negus – listened to some of its verses and his eyes welled up with tears and he said something which should be reflected on for a long time by those sincere in their search for the truth.

“He said, “verily, this and what Jesus brought come from one lantern”: i.e., that the magnificent Koran and the Evangel are both from Allah, the Most High; and every just and intelligent one of you who reflects on the Koran will definitely arrive at this truth. It also must be noted that Allah has preserved the Koran from the alterations of men. And reading in order to become acquainted with Islam only requires a little effort, and those of you who are guided will profit greatly. And peace be upon he who follows the Guidance.

Kennedy assassination? Noam Chomsky? Kyoto treaty and the people of Africa? Separation of church and state? Fuct if bin Laden wrote that. Got to be Adam “Pearlman” Gadahn, that little wiggler. It’s just the sort of mish-mash of vague leftist bullshit a teenager would absorb growing up in California in the Nineties.


Comment from TattooedIntellectual
Time: September 8, 2007, 8:42 am

That is really long sweasel. And unless the goober’s spent time in the US that shit was written by someone else.

And I just have to say that it makes me nauseous when people assert that Christianity and Islam are essentially two facets of one religion and worship the same God.

And this makes me snort “must be noted that Allah has preserved the Koran from the alterations of men” Bullshit!

K, that’s all I got.

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 8, 2007, 11:50 am

They found a little somethin’ somethin’ to do with WMD in the Iraqi offices of the UN, I’m thinking they better go looking through a few more closets of the UN for this moldy old ass.
That or strap Sean Penn to a chair and slap him for writing such stupid drivel.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 8, 2007, 1:11 pm

That’s the most long-winded crock o’ ‘coon shit I have managed to read in a long time, and I’ve probably taken precious years of life and clarity off my peepers just by perusing it.

I can already feel the Towel Of Allah (urine and feces be upon him) materializing and evolving around my li’l innocent noggin as a come into the Fold if Islam. No – wait! It’s just a healthy bowel movement I’m needin’! Whew. I thought for a minute Allah (uafbuh) was with me and I was going over to the dark side.

Powerful stuff – this islamic crap. I damned near soiled myself.

Comment from Dawn
Time: September 8, 2007, 8:14 pm

From The Network – 1976
Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get MAD! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot – I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. (shouting) You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!’ So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!…You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’

Comment from Pupster
Time: September 9, 2007, 2:05 am

So, all this time we thought OBL was hiding in a cave in Pakistan, he’s just been hanging out in college town coffee shops and campus libraries?

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 9, 2007, 4:36 am

That’s what is so cunning about him, Pup. He’s everywhere, advancing his nefarious plans step by step.

*You* could actually be OBL, and not know it.

Comment from Lokki
Time: September 9, 2007, 8:55 am

CNN is everywhere now.and so, apparently is the NYT. One thing that I noticed is that he’s a little vague on his recent American history -Kennedy & all that was wrong- but who is this “Joshua” kid? What magazine did he pull that guy from?

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: September 9, 2007, 10:01 am

The Radical Islam-Far Left relationship from hell does the foxtrot and comes one step closer to Tying the Knot.
‘Dear Osama,
I’ve carefully considered your kind offer to join Islam (or die), and I’ve come to this conclusion: I’d rather have my face cut off, slowly, than join your rinky-dink, desert-based, moon-god-worshipping, paedophile-revering death-cult.’
Little Billy.’

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 9, 2007, 6:39 pm

Anybody know what a butt onion is? I already know what an onion butt is ’cause I just looked it up, but this is different.

…and, no, I wasn’t called one.
Not yet, anyway.
But the day is young.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 9, 2007, 7:15 pm




Comment from Dawn
Time: September 9, 2007, 7:37 pm

Is it the same thing as a butt leek?

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 9, 2007, 7:50 pm

I don’t know, Dawn. That’s why I’m asking. Leek. Scallion. I’m not sure.

It was used as a derogatory term, so I figure its vulgar – hence my interest. I might want to call someone a butt onion someday.

The more likely scenario is that I may (will, probably) be called one someday, and I’d like to know how to respond.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 9, 2007, 8:10 pm

If Urban Dictionary lets me down and Wikipedia doesn’t know and Google won’t tell me, I’m stumped.

Though apparently Lou Dobbs is one.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 9, 2007, 8:21 pm

I think that’s where I saw it – the Lou Dobbs post somewhere. It was in the headline.

I tried Yahoo for a definition – which hits on UD and Wiki automatically (I think) and they let me down.

Maybe Lou Dobbs is the only existing example. I guess that means I won’t be called one any time soon. Rats. I haven’t been called anything interesting in months. Ah, well. Back to work.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 9, 2007, 9:08 pm

Still no cigar.

Weas’, Dawn, thanks for the help anyway.

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 9, 2007, 10:10 pm

Butt onions are to ………
as Osama & co. are to goats.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 9, 2007, 10:22 pm


Boy am I sorry I asked. But thanks PnB!

…you wouldn’t happen to know what ketsunoana!! means? I think its japanese. I believe I was called one earlier today. Or I’m wedded/engaged to one, or I’m drinking(?) one or drinking out(?) of one. I’m really not sure.

Comment from Gnus
Time: September 10, 2007, 9:10 am

I’ll take Curses and Epithets Defined for $500, Alex.

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 10, 2007, 9:35 am

Try here McGoo. Who did you piss off?

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 10, 2007, 9:40 am

oh…and I’m not sure you want to be drinking out of one or vice versa

Comment from jwpaine
Time: September 10, 2007, 11:23 am

Butt onion? I wonder if it’s the same thing as a weegee baby.

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: September 10, 2007, 11:28 am

Maybe a butt onion is something that has the ability to reduce grown men to tears. Unless you peel it underwater…wait, what?

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 10, 2007, 11:32 am


Outstanding! Now I know my efforts were not in vain. I will bookmark that site. Very convenient.

…and, in answer to your question “Who did you piss off?”, I have to respond, “Do you want a list?”

Actually I was messin’ with some japanese folks. I’d almost given up, too. Ya see, PnB, quite some time ago I found my true advocation: randomly pissing people off. I’ve been working on ever since.

I shall place that little word (FYI: ketsunoana = a**hole) in my “success” file.

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