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from the allah-mode dept.
In late February of 1998, Usamah Bin-Laden issued his "fatwa" or decree against the United States and American citizens. I just read this document for the first time yesterday and it was definitely an eye-opener for me. Judging from the tone of the document, I can't say that I am surprised about the attack. Was the U.S. government sleeping during these last few years? Did they not take Bin-Laden seriously? If they had and did something about it maybe this tragedy would not have happened.
Read the decree for yourself and see what you think:
Praise be to God, who revealed the Book, controls the clouds, defeats factionalism, and says in His Book "But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)"; and peace be upon our Prophet, Muhammad Bin-'Abdallah, who said I have been sent with the sword between my hands to ensure that no one but God is worshipped, God who put my livelihood under the shadow of my spear and who inflicts humiliation and scorn on those who disobey my orders. The Arabian Peninsula has never -- since God made it flat, created its desert, and encircled it with seas -- been stormed by any forces like the crusader armies spreading in it like locusts, eating its riches and wiping out its plantations. All this is happening at a time in which nations are attacking Muslims like people fighting over a plate of food. In the light of the grave situation and the lack of support, we and you are obliged to discuss current events, and we should all agree on how to settle the matter.
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