Monday, September 11, 2006

Words from Zawahiri and some unusual echos

Words of Ayman al-Zawahiri to the western peoples:

I tell them your leaders are hiding from you the true extent of the disaster which will shock you. And the days are pregnant and giving birth to new events with Allah's permission and guidance. And I tell them, you have provided us with all the legal and rational reasons to fight you and reataliate from you, you have committed ugly crimes and broaken the treaties which you used to impose on others. And for our part, we have repeatedly warned you and repeatedly offered a truce with you, and so we now have all legal and rational justifications to continue to fight you until your power is desroyed or you give in and surrender.

And I tell them you shouldn't bother yourselves with defending your forces in Iraq and Afghanistan because they are doomed ot defeat and are all but defeated fighting their last battles. Rather, you should reinforce your defenses in two regions. The first is the Gulf, from where you will be expelled, Allah willing, after your defeat in Iraq, at which point your economic ruin will be achieved. And the second is Israel because of the Jihadi reinforcements are getting closer to it, with Allah's help and power, and your defeat there will put an end to contemporary Zionist/Crusader superiority."

Sept. 11, 2006

"We will also aim to continue, by the permission of Allah, the destruction of the American economy."

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Sept 02


"With the grace of Allah, the clear declaration of their failure came one day after the blessed raid on London, when the American and English declared they were preparing to leave Iraq. Every day they leak to the press another item about leaving Iraq, in order to calm the terror that has taken hold of their peoples."

Ayman al-Zawahiri, December 7, 2005

"What happened to America is something natural, an expected event for a country that uses terror, arrogant policy, and suppression against the nations and the peoples, and imposes a single method, thought, and way of life, as if the people of the entire world are clerks in its government offices and employed by its commercial companies and institutions."

Ayman al-Zawahiri, 2002


"America is the reason for all oppression, injustice, licentiousness, or suppression that is the Muslims' lot. It stands behind all the disasters that were caused and are still being caused to the Muslims; it is immersed in the blood of Muslims and cannot hide this."

Ayman al-Zawahiri, 2002

And some echos:

"Patriotism threatens free speech with death. It is infuriated by thoughtful hesitation, constructive criticism of our leaders and pleas for peace. It despises people of foreign birth. It has specifically blamed homosexuals, feminists and the American Civil Liberties Union. In other words, the American flag stands for intimidation, censorship, violence, bigotry, sexism, homophobia and shoving the Constitution through a paper shredder. Whom are we calling terrorists here?" -- Barbara Kingsolver, novelist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 27

"My daughter, who goes to Stuyvesant High School only blocks from the World Trade Center, thinks we should fly an American flag out our window. Definitely not, I say: The flag stands for jingoism and vengeance and war." -- Katha Pollitt, The Nation, October 8

"We've been treated to some astonishingly vile images over the last two weeks: Office workers hurling themselves into a 100-floor-high abyss. A gaping, smoldering hole in the financial center of our greatest city. George W. Bush passing himself off as a patriot, even as he disassembles the Constitution with the voracious glee of piranha skeletonizing a cow. ... It may have seemed meaningless at the time, but now we know why 7,000 people sacrificed their lives: So that we'd all forget how Bush stole a presidential election." -- Cartoonist Ted Rall, Philadelphia City Paper, September 27

"If the word 'cowardly' is to be used, it might be more aptly applied to those who kill from beyond the range of retaliation, high in the sky, than to those willing to die themselves in order to kill others." -- Susan Sontag in New Yorker magazine

"When I see an American flag flying, it's a joke." -- Robert Altman

1 Comments:

Anonymous 4 said...

"And I tell them you shouldn't bother yourselves with defending your forces in Iraq and Afghanistan because they are doomed ot defeat and are all but defeated fighting their last battles. Rather, you should reinforce your defenses in two regions. The first is the Gulf, from where you will be expelled, Allah willing, after your defeat in Iraq, at which point your economic ruin will be achieved. And the second is Israel because of the Jihadi reinforcements are getting closer to it, with Allah's help and power, and your defeat there will put an end to contemporary Zionist/Crusader superiority."

Sept. 11, 2006"

Do you note the abscense of any references to Afghanistan? I do. Some are getting excited about Afghanistan right now, but I've seen or heard nothing that causes me any worry about that region in the near future.

12:04 AM  

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