Maintaining Optimism in the Face of Reality. Occasional observations on the state of the world, society, business and politics. Usually anchored by facts, always augmented by opinion.
I am still waiting to read a full transcript, but just from the quotations I am seeing in the wire accounts, he has got some serious audacity. He apparently suggests that the best way to avoid "another Manhattan" is to change U.S. policy toward the Mideast. He suggests that the reasons are still there.
""God knows that it had not occurred to our mind to attack the towers, but after our patience ran out and we saw the injustice and inflexibility of the American-Israeli alliance toward our people in Palestine and Lebanon, this came to my mind," he said" [CBS]Update: More Text on Yahoo; love the headine too: "Bin Laden Condemns Bush, Says New Attacks Possible" even though Bin Laden explicitly says it has nothing to do with Bush or Kerry, but just U.S. policy.
So 3,000 Americans lost their lives because of U.S. support for Israeli self-determination, in the face of numerous adversaries? Also, he clearly ignores the fact that Israel has largely been defending herself against terrorist attacks and invasions by Muslim and Arabic nations for years.
I will be curious to see if John Kerry will come out tomorrow and explicitly say we've got to cut and run with regard to Israel. That will be the ultimate act of political expediency he could exhibit. America has a duty to stand by our allies. And the obvious message from Bin Laden is that we either stand by our allies or face future attacks.
I think Winston Churchill's words on June 4th of 1940 in front of the House of Commons may be of interest. (Known as the "never surrender" or "fight on the beaches" speech.) Churchill closes his speech with these words:
I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty's Government-every man of them. That is the will of Parliament and the nation.Don't believe that this is just about Israel. It is a mortal battle, and capitualtion will only enflame their desires.
The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength. Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail.
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
The people who crashed Flight 93 into the Pennsylvania countryside 3 years ago rather than ride like lambs to an even larger slaughter are testament to the strength of the American people.
I genuinely hope that it is he who underestimates the strength of the American will, not I that overestimate it.
I'm on my way home, but you should be able to follow the updates at Powerline.
OK, I'm home now and have just been checking out who else is picking up news:
The New York Times covers the story, and mentions Bin Laden's claim to have decided to attack America in 2001 based on Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982. The NYT of course neglects to mention that the Israeli invasion wasn't exactly unprovoked, but was in response to the PLO ignoring a cease-fire with the last straw being the attempted assassination by Abu Nidal of Israel's UK ambassador. (Israel has actually usually only gone into other countries in response to being attacked.)
The best part of the NYT story, however, is that the National Jewish Democratic Council is running an ad in the middle of it saying "John Kerry Will Respect Our Religious Liberty." Huh? Bush won't? Actually, that's about all they can say to try to shore up support for Kerry among Jewish voters, as right now, Kerry's Israeli stance even has the editor-in-chief of The New Republic beating on him, as I wrote about in "It's a Strange World Indeed...."
Here's the CNN News story [video link].
Update: Full text via Drudge (it's amazing he's the quickest source for it).
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