Osama Bin Laden: Palestinian Cause Was 'Main Factor' For '9/11' (Mondoweiss)

Bin Laden began his message by telling listeners that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has always been the primary cause for friction between the West and the Muslim world – a struggle which he said was getting more difficult due to European policies biased in Israel’s favor. "The Palestinian cause has been the main factor that, since my early childhood, fueled my desire, and that of the 19 freemen (Sept. 11 bombers), to stand by the oppressed, and punish the oppressive Jews and their allies," the al Qaeda chief said.
"We shall continue the fight, Allah willing, against the Israelis and their allies, in order to pursue justice for the oppressed, and we shall not give up one inch of Palestine, as long as there is still a single true Muslim alive."

Maybe some of this is retrospective on OBL’s part, he is trying to get in on the Nakba wave, but again it must be asked Why our press cannot deal with this simple confession? Why must the Why they hate us? question always be answered with psychological hooey: that those boys had no opportunity in Arab dictatorships and had seminal backup from being on the losing end of the polygamy hierarchy so they took it out on western freedom.

Max Rodenbeck in NYRB was honest about the Palestinian issue, reading OBL’s works. Francis Fukuyama was halfway direct. But the 9/11 Commission was dishonest about it, and I have the impression that Lawrence Wright in The Looming Tower was deceptive, or self-deceptive, about this too, and even Peter Bergen in his biography of the loony tower.

The answer to Why the press can’t say why they hate us goes to ideology. If the Palestinian grievance is acknowledged or valorized, rather than dismissed out of hand, well that opens the door on the Nakba, on the dispossession, on the many landgrabs of the Jewish state and inevitably casts doubt on the inherent goodness of Zionism and the justice of the occupation, theirs and ours. It opens the door on deeply disruptive ideas, the construction of Jewish identity and of the U.S. establishment. So there goes the neighborhood. Better to torch Iraq. Will Obama reckon with Osama? Kill him, then deal with his ideas. We did that with Timothy McVeigh.

Osama Bin Laden: Palestinian Cause Was ‘Main Factor’ For ‘9/11’ (Mondoweiss)

Bin Laden: Palestinian Cause Prompted 9/11 LONDON, May 16, 2008

(CBS/AP) Al Qaeda’s media operation has released a new audio message on the Internet from Osama bin Laden, dealing primarily with Israel and the Palestinians on the 60th anniversary of Israel’s creation.
The message, downloaded by CBS News from the prominent jihadist Web forum El Ekhlas, did not include any new images of the al Qaeda chief. The 9:40-minute audio by bin Laden showed an old photo of his face over a brown graphic and included the title, "A Message to the Peoples of the West: From Sheik Osama bin Laden," with the subheading: “The Reasons for the Struggle on the 60th Anniversary of the Creation of the Occupation State of Israel.”

Bin Laden began his message by telling listeners that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has always been the primary cause for friction between the West and the Muslim world – a struggle which he said was getting more difficult due to European policies biased in Israel’s favor.
"The Palestinian cause has been the main factor that, since my early childhood, fueled my desire, and that of the 19 freemen (Sept. 11 bombers), to stand by the oppressed, and punish the oppressive Jews and their allies," the al Qaeda chief said.
"We shall continue the fight, Allah willing, against the Israelis and their allies, in order to pursue justice for the oppressed, and we shall not give up one inch of Palestine, as long as there is still a single true Muslim alive." ..

Bin Laden: Palestinian Cause Prompted 9/11 (War Without End)

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3 thoughts on “Osama Bin Laden: Palestinian Cause Was 'Main Factor' For '9/11' (Mondoweiss)

  1. Bin Laden raakt in de vergetelheid, en probeert door dit soort onzin weer aandacht te krijgen.
    Jammer dat W van Waning hier op dit weblog als een soort boodschapper fungeert!

  2. Bedankt Jan Willem voor dit wederom goede artikel. Een aanbeveling waard!
    Overigens is het de vraag of Osama bin Laden nog wel leeft. Er gaan geruchten dat hij al sinds 2001 dood zou zijn. Dit doet natuurlijk niets aan bovenstaande boodschap af.

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