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[] New Osama Bin Laden Letter,

[1] Full text: bin Laden's 'letter to America'
[2] Commentary: Osama issues new call to arms

Full text: bin Laden's 'letter to America'

Online document: the full text of Osama bin Laden's "letter to the American 
people", reported in today's Observer. The letter first appeared on the 
internet in Arabic and has since been translated and circulated by 
Islamists in Britain.

Osama Bin Laden, The Observer, November 24, 2002

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,

"Permission to fight (against disbelievers) is given to those (believers) 
who are fought against, because they have been wronged and surely, Allah is 
Able to give them (believers) victory" [Quran 22:39]

"Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve, 
fight in the cause of Taghut (anything worshipped other than Allah e.g. 
Satan). So fight you against the friends of Satan; ever feeble is indeed 
the plot of Satan."[Quran 4:76]

Some American writers have published articles under the title 'On what 
basis are we fighting?' These articles have generated a number of 
responses, some of which adhered to the truth and were based on Islamic 
Law, and others which have not. Here we wanted to outline the truth - as an 
explanation and warning - hoping for Allah's reward, seeking success and 
support from Him.
While seeking Allah's help, we form our reply based on two questions 
directed at the Americans:

(Q1) Why are we fighting and opposing you?

Q2) What are we calling you to, and what do we want from you?
As for the first question: Why are we fighting and opposing you? The answer 
is very simple:

(1) Because you attacked us and continue to attack us.

a) You attacked us in Palestine:

(i) Palestine, which has sunk under military occupation for more than 80 
years. The British handed over Palestine, with your help and your support, 
to the Jews, who have occupied it for more than 50 years; years overflowing 
with oppression, tyranny, crimes, killing, expulsion, destruction and 
devastation. The creation and continuation of Israel is one of the greatest 
crimes, and you are the leaders of its criminals. And of course there is no 
need to explain and prove the degree of American support for Israel. The 
creation of Israel is a crime which must be erased. Each and every person 
whose hands have become polluted in the contribution towards this crime 
must pay its*price, and pay for it heavily.

(ii) It brings us both laughter and tears to see that you have not yet 
tired of repeating your fabricated lies that the Jews have a historical 
right to Palestine, as it was promised to them in the Torah. Anyone who 
disputes with them on this alleged fact is accused of anti-semitism. This 
is one of the most fallacious, widely-circulated fabrications in history. 
The people of Palestine are pure Arabs and original Semites. It is the 
Muslims who are the inheritors of Moses (peace be upon him) and the 
inheritors of the real Torah that has not been changed. Muslims believe in 
all of the Prophets, including Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, peace 
and blessings of Allah be upon them all. If the followers of Moses have 
been promised a right to Palestine in the Torah, then the Muslims are the 
most worthy nation of this.

When the Muslims conquered Palestine and drove out the Romans, Palestine 
and Jerusalem returned to Islaam, the religion of all the Prophets peace be 
upon them. Therefore, the call to a historical right to Palestine cannot be 
raised against the Islamic Ummah that believes in all the Prophets of Allah 
(peace and blessings be upon them) - and we make no distinction between them.

(iii) The blood pouring out of Palestine must be equally revenged. You must 
know that the Palestinians do not cry alone; their women are not widowed 
alone; their sons are not orphaned alone.

(b) You attacked us in Somalia; you supported the Russian atrocities 
against us in Chechnya, the Indian oppression against us in Kashmir, and 
the Jewish aggression against us in Lebanon.

(c) Under your supervision, consent and orders, the governments of our 
countries which act as your agents, attack us on a daily basis;

(i) These governments prevent our people from establishing the Islamic 
Shariah, using violence and lies to do so.

(ii) These governments give us a taste of humiliation, and places us in a 
large prison of fear and subdual.

(iii) These governments steal our Ummah's wealth and sell them to you at a 
paltry price.

(iv) These governments have surrendered to the Jews, and handed them most 
of Palestine, acknowledging the existence of their state over the 
dismembered limbs of their own people.

(v) The removal of these governments is an obligation upon us, and a 
necessary step to free the Ummah, to make the Shariah the supreme law and 
to regain Palestine. And our fight against these governments is not 
separate from out fight against you.

(d) You steal our wealth and oil at paltry prices because of you 
international influence and military threats. This theft is indeed the 
biggest theft ever witnessed by mankind in the history of the world.

(e) Your forces occupy our countries; you spread your military bases 
throughout them; you corrupt our lands, and you besiege our sanctities, to 
protect the security of the Jews and to ensure the continuity of your 
pillage of our treasures.

(f) You have starved the Muslims of Iraq, where children die every day. It 
is a wonder that more than 1.5 million Iraqi children have died as a result 
of your sanctions, and you did not show concern. Yet when 3000 of your 
people died, the entire world rises and has not yet sat down.

(g) You have supported the Jews in their idea that Jerusalem is their 
eternal capital, and agreed to move your embassy there. With your help and 
under your protection, the Israelis are planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa 
mosque. Under the protection of your weapons, Sharon entered the Al-Aqsa 
mosque, to pollute it as a preparation to capture and destroy it.

(2) These tragedies and calamities are only a few examples of your 
oppression and aggression against us. It is commanded by our religion and 
intellect that the oppressed have a right to return the aggression. Do not 
await anything from us but Jihad, resistance and revenge. Is it in any way 
rational to expect that after America has attacked us for more than half a 
century, that we will then leave her to live in security and peace?!!

(3) You may then dispute that all the above does not justify aggression 
against civilians, for crimes they did not commit and offenses in which 
they did not partake:

(a) This argument contradicts your continuous repetition that America is 
the land of freedom, and its leaders in this world. Therefore, the American 
people are the ones who choose their government by way of their own free 
will; a choice which stems from their agreement to its policies. Thus the 
American people have chosen, consented to, and affirmed their support for 
the Israeli oppression of the Palestinians, the occupation and usurpation 
of their land, and its continuous killing, torture, punishment and 
expulsion of the Palestinians. The American people have the ability and 
choice to refuse the policies of their Government and even to change it if 
they want.

(b) The American people are the ones who pay the taxes which fund the 
planes that bomb us in Afghanistan, the tanks that strike and destroy our 
homes in Palestine, the armies which occupy our lands in the Arabian Gulf, 
and the fleets which ensure the blockade of Iraq. These tax dollars are 
given to Israel for it to continue to attack us and penetrate our lands. So 
the American people are the ones who fund the attacks against us, and they 
are the ones who oversee the expenditure of these monies in the way they 
wish, through their elected candidates.

(c) Also the American army is part of the American people. It is this very 
same people who are shamelessly helping the Jews fight against us.

(d) The American people are the ones who employ both their men and their 
women in the American Forces which attack us.

(e) This is why the American people cannot be not innocent of all the 
crimes committed by the Americans and Jews against us.

(f) Allah, the Almighty, legislated the permission and the option to take 
revenge. Thus, if we are attacked, then we have the right to attack back. 
Whoever has destroyed our villages and towns, then we have the right to 
destroy their villages and towns. Whoever has stolen our wealth, then we 
have the right to destroy their economy. And whoever has killed our 
civilians, then we have the right to kill theirs.

The American Government and press still refuses to answer the question:

Why did they attack us in New York and Washington?

If Sharon is a man of peace in the eyes of Bush, then we are also men of 
peace!!! America does not understand the language of manners and 
principles, so we are addressing it using the language it understands.

(Q2) As for the second question that we want to answer: What are we calling 
you to, and what do we want from you?

(1) The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam.

(a) The religion of the Unification of God; of freedom from associating 
partners with Him, and rejection of this; of complete love of Him, the 
Exalted; of complete submission to His Laws; and of the discarding of all 
the opinions, orders, theories and religions which contradict with the 
religion He sent down to His Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Islam is 
the religion of all the prophets, and makes no distinction between them - 
peace be upon them all.

It is to this religion that we call you; the seal of all the previous 
religions. It is the religion of Unification of God, sincerity, the best of 
manners, righteousness, mercy, honour, purity, and piety. It is the 
religion of showing kindness to others, establishing justice between them, 
granting them their rights, and defending the oppressed and the persecuted. 
It is the religion of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil with the 
hand, tongue and heart. It is the religion of Jihad in the way of Allah so 
that Allah's Word and religion reign Supreme. And it is the religion of 
unity and agreement on the obedience to Allah, and total equality between 
all people, without regarding their colour, sex, or language.

(b) It is the religion whose book - the Quran - will remained preserved and 
unchanged, after the other Divine books and messages have been changed. The 
Quran is the miracle until the Day of Judgment. Allah has challenged anyone 
to bring a book like the Quran or even ten verses like it.

(2) The second thing we call you to, is to stop your oppression, lies, 
immorality and debauchery that has spread among you.

(a) We call you to be a people of manners, principles, honour, and purity; 
to reject the immoral acts of fornication, homosexuality, intoxicants, 
gambling's, and trading with interest.

We call you to all of this that you may be freed from that which you have 
become caught up in; that you may be freed from the deceptive lies that you 
are a great nation, that your leaders spread amongst you to conceal from 
you the despicable state to which you have reached.

(b) It is saddening to tell you that you are the worst civilization 
witnessed by the history of mankind:

(i) You are the nation who, rather than ruling by the Shariah of Allah in 
its Constitution and Laws, choose to invent your own laws as you will and 
desire. You separate religion from your policies, contradicting the pure 
nature which affirms Absolute Authority to the Lord and your Creator. You 
flee from the embarrassing question posed to you: How is it possible for 
Allah the Almighty to create His creation, grant them power over all the 
creatures and land, grant them all the amenities of life, and then deny 
them that which they are most in need of: knowledge of the laws which 
govern their lives?

(ii) You are the nation that permits Usury, which has been forbidden by all 
the religions. Yet you build your economy and investments on Usury. As a 
result of this, in all its different forms and guises, the Jews have taken 
control of your economy, through which they have then taken control of your 
media, and now control all aspects of your life making you their servants 
and achieving their aims at your expense; precisely what Benjamin Franklin 
warned you against.

(iii) You are a nation that permits the production, trading and usage of 
intoxicants. You also permit drugs, and only forbid the trade of them, even 
though your nation is the largest consumer of them.

(iv) You are a nation that permits acts of immorality, and you consider 
them to be pillars of personal freedom. You have continued to sink down 
this abyss from level to level until incest has spread amongst you, in the 
face of which neither your sense of honour nor your laws object.

Who can forget your President Clinton's immoral acts committed in the 
official Oval office? After that you did not even bring him to account, 
other than that he 'made a mistake', after which everything passed with no 
punishment. Is there a worse kind of event for which your name will go down 
in history and remembered by nations?

(v) You are a nation that permits gambling in its all forms. The companies 
practice this as well, resulting in the investments becoming active and the 
criminals becoming rich.

(vi) You are a nation that exploits women like consumer products or 
advertising tools calling upon customers to purchase them. You use women to 
serve passengers, visitors, and strangers to increase your profit margins. 
You then rant that you support the liberation of women.

(vii) You are a nation that practices the trade of sex in all its forms, 
directly and indirectly. Giant corporations and establishments are 
established on this, under the name of art, entertainment, tourism and 
freedom, and other deceptive names you attribute to it.

(viii) And because of all this, you have been described in history as a 
nation that spreads diseases that were unknown to man in the past. Go ahead 
and boast to the nations of man, that you brought them AIDS as a Satanic 
American Invention.

(xi) You have destroyed nature with your industrial waste and gases more 
than any other nation in history. Despite this, you refuse to sign the 
Kyoto agreement so that you can secure the profit of your greedy companies 

(x) Your law is the law of the rich and wealthy people, who hold sway in 
their political parties, and fund their election campaigns with their 
gifts. Behind them stand the Jews, who control your policies, media and 

(xi) That which you are singled out for in the history of mankind, is that 
you have used your force to destroy mankind more than any other nation in 
history; not to defend principles and values, but to hasten to secure your 
interests and profits. You who dropped a nuclear bomb on Japan, even though 
Japan was ready to negotiate an end to the war. How many acts of 
oppression, tyranny and injustice have you carried out, O callers to freedom?

(xii) Let us not forget one of your major characteristics: your duality in 
both manners and values; your hypocrisy in manners and principles. 
All*manners, principles and values have two scales: one for you and one for 
the others.

(a) The freedom and democracy that you call to is for yourselves and for 
white race only; as for the rest of the world, you impose upon them your 
monstrous, destructive policies and Governments, which you call the 
'American friends'. Yet you prevent them from establishing democracies. 
When the Islamic party in Algeria wanted to practice democracy and they won 
the election, you unleashed your agents in the Algerian army onto them, and 
to attack them with tanks and guns, to imprison them and torture them - a 
new lesson from the 'American book of democracy'!!!

(b) Your policy on prohibiting and forcibly removing weapons of mass 
destruction to ensure world peace: it only applies to those countries which 
you do not permit to possess such weapons. As for the countries you consent 
to, such as Israel, then they are allowed to keep and use such weapons to 
defend their security. Anyone else who you suspect might be manufacturing 
or keeping these kinds of weapons, you call them criminals and you take 
military action against them.

(c) You are the last ones to respect the resolutions and policies of 
International Law, yet you claim to want to selectively punish anyone else 
who does the same. Israel has for more than 50 years been pushing UN 
resolutions and rules against the wall with the full support of America.

(d) As for the war criminals which you censure and form criminal courts for 
- you shamelessly ask that your own are granted immunity!! However, history 
will not forget the war crimes that you committed against the Muslims and 
the rest of the world; those you have killed in Japan, Afghanistan, 
Somalia, Lebanon and Iraq will remain a shame that you will never be able 
to escape. It will suffice to remind you of your latest war crimes in 
Afghanistan, in which densely populated innocent civilian villages were 
destroyed, bombs were dropped on mosques causing the roof of the mosque to 
come crashing down on the heads of the Muslims praying inside. You are the 
ones who broke the agreement with the Mujahideen when they left Qunduz, 
bombing them in Jangi fort, and killing more than 1,000 of your prisoners 
through suffocation and thirst. Allah alone knows how many people have died 
by torture at the hands of you and your agents. Your planes remain in the 
Afghan skies, looking for anyone remotely suspicious.

(e) You have claimed to be the vanguards of Human Rights, and your Ministry 
of Foreign affairs issues annual reports containing statistics of those 
countries that violate any Human Rights. However, all these things vanished 
when the Mujahideen hit you, and you then implemented the methods of the 
same documented governments that you used to curse. In America, you 
captured thousands the Muslims and Arabs, took them into custody with 
neither reason, court trial, nor even disclosing their names. You issued 
newer, harsher laws. What happens in Guatanamo is a historical 
embarrassment to America and its values, and it screams into your faces - 
you hypocrites, "What is the value of your signature on any agreement or 

(3) What we call you to thirdly is to take an honest stance with yourselves 
- and I doubt you will do so - to discover that you are a nation without 
principles or manners, and that the values and principles to you are 
something which you merely demand from others, not that which you yourself 
must adhere to.

(4) We also advise you to stop supporting Israel, and to end your support 
of the Indians in Kashmir, the Russians against the Chechens and to also 
cease supporting the Manila Government against the Muslims in Southern 

(5) We also advise you to pack your luggage and get out of our lands. We 
desire for your goodness, guidance, and righteousness, so do not force us 
to send you back as cargo in coffins.

(6) Sixthly, we call upon you to end your support of the corrupt leaders in 
our countries. Do not interfere in our politics and method of education. 
Leave us alone, or else expect us in New York and Washington.

(7) We also call you to deal with us and interact with us on the basis of 
mutual interests and benefits, rather than the policies of sub dual, theft 
and occupation, and not to continue your policy of supporting the Jews 
because this will result in more disasters for you.

If you fail to respond to all these conditions, then prepare for fight with 
the Islamic Nation. The Nation of Monotheism, that puts complete trust on 
Allah and fears none other than Him. The Nation which is addressed by its 
Quran with the words: "Do you fear them? Allah has more right that you 
should fear Him if you are believers. Fight against them so that Allah will 
punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them 
and heal the breasts of believing people. And remove the anger of their 
(believers') hearts. Allah accepts the repentance of whom He wills. Allah 
is All-Knowing, All-Wise." [Quran9:13-1]

The Nation of honour and respect:

"But honour, power and glory belong to Allah, and to His Messenger 
(Muhammad- peace be upon him) and to the believers." [Quran 63:8]

"So do not become weak (against your enemy), nor be sad, and you will 
be*superior ( in victory )if you are indeed (true) believers" [Quran 3:139]

The Nation of Martyrdom; the Nation that desires death more than you desire 

"Think not of those who are killed in the way of Allah as dead. Nay, they 
are alive with their Lord, and they are being provided for. They rejoice in 
what Allah has bestowed upon them from His bounty and rejoice for the sake 
of those who have not yet joined them, but are left behind (not yet 
martyred) that on them no fear shall come, nor shall they grieve. They 
rejoice in a grace and a bounty from Allah, and that Allah will not waste 
the reward of the believers." [Quran 3:169-171]

The Nation of victory and success that Allah has promised:

"It is He Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad peace be upon him) with 
guidance and the religion of truth (Islam), to make it victorious over all 
other religions even though the Polytheists hate it." [Quran 61:9]

"Allah has decreed that 'Verily it is I and My Messengers who shall be 
victorious.' Verily Allah is All-Powerful, All-Mighty." [Quran 58:21]
The Islamic Nation that was able to dismiss and destroy the previous evil 
Empires like yourself; the Nation that rejects your attacks, wishes to 
remove your evils, and is prepared to fight you. You are well aware that 
the Islamic Nation, from the very core of its soul, despises your 
haughtiness and arrogance.

If the Americans refuse to listen to our advice and the goodness, guidance 
and righteousness that we call them to, then be aware that you will lose 
this Crusade Bush began, just like the other previous Crusades in which you 
were humiliated by the hands of the Mujahideen, fleeing to your home in 
great silence and disgrace. If the Americans do not respond, then their 
fate will be that of the Soviets who fled from Afghanistan to deal with 
their military defeat, political breakup, ideological downfall, and 
economic bankruptcy.

This is our message to the Americans, as an answer to theirs. Do they now 
know why we fight them and over which form of ignorance, by the permission 
of Allah, we shall be victorious?,11581,845725,00.html


Osama issues new call to arms

Jason Burke, The Observer, Sunday November 24, 2002

A chilling new message from Osama bin Laden is being circulated among 
British Islamic extremists, calling for attacks on civilians and describing 
the 'Islamic nation' as 'eager for martyrdom'.

Details of the 4,000-word letter from the terrorist leader emerged as the 
British Government issued its strongest warning yet last night that attacks 
by bin Laden's al-Qaeda organisation on the UK are 'inevitable'.

Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien said: 'We face an enemy who will 
attack us in Britain as well as overseas... British workers in New York or 
tourists in Bali or residents of London or Birmingham.' O'Brien said there 
was a threat of 'well planned attacks' on 'British national institutions, 
commercial and financial infrastructure and on many aspects of our everyday 

Security authorities in Europe and America are concerned al-Qaeda is 
planning a major strike. Two weeks ago bin Laden issued a message on an 
audio cassette, proving he was alive and raising fears it presaged new 

Britain, with its close support for America in the war on terror and Iraq, 
is a prime target and analysts believe any military action against Saddam 
Hussein would provoke a spate of revenge attacks by Islamic militants. 
Sources described the mood in Whitehall and at Scotland Yard as 'jumpy'.

The translated letter was originally posted in Arabic on a Saudi Arabian 
website previously used by al-Qaeda to disseminate messages. Within the 
last two weeks British Islamists have translated the letter, the most 
comprehensive explanation of bin Laden's ideology to be issued for several 
years, and posted it on English-language websites run from the UK.

The letter was sent to hundreds of subscribers to an email list run by 
Mohammed al-Massari, the UK-based Saudi Arabian dissident whose Committee 
for the Defence of Legitimate Rights has opposed the al-Saud regime for 
more than a decade. Yesterday al-Massari denied he supported terrorism in 
any way. Al-Massari has recently been granted permanent residence in 
Britain, a move which angered foreign governments who claim that the UK is 
still a haven for extremists.

Al-Massari's email and bin Laden's letter show ideological similarities. 
Both stress that the 'holy war' is defensive.

Bin laden issues a direct threat to the West: 'Anyone who tries to destroy 
our villages and cities, then we are going to destroy their villages and 
cities. Anyone who steals our fortunes, then we must destroy their economy. 
Anyone who kills our civilians, then we are going to kill their civilians.'

Most of his letter comprises a lengthy list of grievances against the West. 
The fugitive terrorist, who is believed to be hiding in the border regions 
between eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan, mounts a sustained attack on the 
'immorality' of Western society.

The letter has been posted on a number of Islamist websites. One carried 
bomb-making information. Another offered a link to a site with information 
on chemical and biological weapons.

Although there is no way to confirm the authenticity of the letter beyond 
all doubt, senior Arab journalists in the Middle Eastern media believe the 
letter is from bin Laden. 'It is an extraordinary glimpse into his mind,' 
one told The Observer.,11581,846511,00.html

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