Full transcript of bin Ladin's speech
Monday 01 November 2004, 16:01 Makka Time, 13:01 GMT
Following is the full English transcript of Usama bin Ladin's speech in a videotape sent to Aljazeera. In the interests of authenticity, the content of the transcript, which appeared as subtitles at the foot of the screen, has been left unedited.
Praise be to Allah who created the creation for his worship and commanded them to be just and permitted the wronged one to retaliate against the oppressor in kind. To proceed:
Peace be upon he
who follows the guidance: People of America this talk of mine is
for you and concerns the ideal way to prevent another Manhattan,
and deals with the war and its causes and results.
If so, then let
him explain to us why we don't strike for example - Sweden?
And we know that freedom-haters don't possess defiant spirits like
those of the 19 - may Allah have mercy on them.
I say to you, Allah
knows that it had never occurred to us to strike the towers. But
after it became unbearable and we witnessed the oppression and
tyranny of the American/Israeli coalition against our people in
Palestine and Lebanon, it came to my mind.
You can observe
it practically, if you wish, in Kenya and Tanzania and in Aden.
And you can read it in my interview with Abdul Bari Atwan, as well
as my interviews with Robert Fisk.
If you were to
avoid these reasons, you will have taken the correct path that
will lead America to the security that it was in before September
11th. This concerned the causes of the war.
with them is lengthy, and both types are replete with those who
are characterised by pride, arrogance, greed and misappropriation
of wealth. This resemblance began after the visits of Bush Sr to
So he took dictatorship and suppression of freedoms to his son and they named it the Patriot Act, under the pretence of fighting terrorism. In addition, Bush sanctioned the installing of sons as state governors, and didn't forget to import expertise in election fraud from the region's presidents to Florida to be made use of in moments of difficulty.
All that we have mentioned has made it easy for us to provoke and bait this administration. All that we have to do is to send two mujahidin to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaida, in order to make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses without their achieving for it anything of note other than some benefits for their private companies.
This is in addition
to our having experience in using guerrilla warfare and the war
of attrition to fight tyrannical superpowers, as we, alongside
the mujahidin, bled Russia for 10 years, until it went bankrupt
and was forced to withdraw in defeat.
That being said, those who say that al-Qaida has won against the administration in the White House or that the administration has lost in this war have not been precise, because when one scrutinises the results, one cannot say that al-Qaida is the sole factor in achieving those spectacular gains.
Rather, the policy
of the White House that demands the opening of war fronts to keep
busy their various corporations - whether they be working
in the field of arms or oil or reconstruction - has helped
al-Qaida to achieve these enormous results.
Meaning that every dollar of al-Qaida defeated a million dollars by the permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number of jobs.
As for the size
of the economic deficit, it has reached record astronomical numbers
estimated to total more than a trillion dollars.
It is true that this shows that al-Qaida has gained, but on the other hand, it shows that the Bush administration has also gained, something of which anyone who looks at the size of the contracts acquired by the shady Bush administration-linked mega-corporations, like Halliburton and its kind, will be convinced. And it all shows that the real loser is ... you.
It is the American
people and their economy. And for the record, we had agreed with
the Commander-General Muhammad Ataa, Allah have mercy on him, that
all the operations should be carried out within 20 minutes, before
Bush and his administration notice.
And it's no secret to you that the thinkers and perceptive ones from among the Americans warned Bush before the war and told him: "All that you want for securing America and removing the weapons of mass destruction - assuming they exist - is available to you, and the nations of the world are with you in the inspections, and it is in the interest of America that it not be thrust into an unjustified war with an unknown outcome."
But the darkness
of the black gold blurred his vision and insight, and he gave priority
to private interests over the public interests of America.
So I say to you,
over 15,000 of our people have been killed and tens of thousands
injured, while more than a thousand of you have been killed and
more than 10,000 injured. And Bush's hands are stained with the
blood of all those killed from both sides, all for the sake of
oil and keeping their private companies in business.
And the same goes for your allies in Palestine. They terrorise the women and children, and kill and capture the men as they lie sleeping with their families on the mattresses, that you may recall that for every action, there is a reaction.
Finally, it behoves
you to reflect on the last wills and testaments of the thousands
who left you on the 11th as they gestured in despair. They are
important testaments, which should be studied and researched.
It is as if they were telling you, the people of America: "Hold to account those who have caused us to be killed, and happy is he who learns from others' mistakes."
And among that
which I read in their gestures is a verse of poetry. "Injustice
chases its people, and how unhealthy the bed of tyranny."
And know that: "It is better to return to the truth than persist in error." And that the wise man doesn't squander his security, wealth and children for the sake of the liar in the White House.
I tell you in truth, that your security is not in the hands of
Kerry, nor Bush, nor al-Qaida. No.
And Allah is our Guardian and Helper, while you have no Guardian or Helper. All peace be upon he who follows the Guidance.