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Egyptian columnist:Bin Laden's Tape is a Tape of Capitulation and Bankruptcy(And a vote for Kerry)
MEMRI ^ | November 2, 2004 | Dr. Mamoun Fandy

Posted on 11/01/2004 8:30:16 PM PST by Stoat

Special Dispatch Series - No. 809
November 2, 2004 No.809
Progressive Columnist: 'Bin Laden's Tape is a Tape of Capitulation and Bankruptcy'
Progressive columnist Dr. Mamoun Fandy wrote an article in the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram titled 'Bin Laden Votes for John Kerry: A Tape of Admission, Voting and Capitulation.' The following are excerpts from the article: [1]

'Osama Bin Laden Announced his Vote for John Kerry'

"The new phenomenon in the U.S. elections is that non-Americans are voting in the elections in the hope of changing America's course. [ U.N. Secretary-General] Kofi Annan, for example, voted for [Senator] John Kerry when he criticized [President] Bush's policy in Iraq and described the invasion of Iraq as an illegal action. On the other hand, Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi voted for Bush in his recent visit to the U.S. when he thanked the U.S. and its president in [his address] to the Congress and in the White House. Recently, Osama bin Laden announced his vote for John Kerry in his latest tape, which was presented to us by the political porn channel [i.e. Al-Jazeera].

"The most important thing in the tape is his sincere admission that he is the man who had planned the September 11 attacks. He specified the motives that justified this operation, which began to ferment in his mind since Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982…

"The main point in this case is that Osama himself admitted to carrying out the operation which his friends and disciples were denying for a long time. And here we have evidence, in sound and image, that the man [i.e. bin Laden] is the primary [party] responsible for the events of September 11 and that neither the Mossad nor the CIA were behind the [events], as the low-ranking [Arab] commentators have claimed. Nor the Serbs, as the senior political commentators have claimed."

'Bin Laden Does Not Refer at All to Jihad in This Tape'

"The second point is that the tape is one of capitulation and bankruptcy, and not one of threat and warning, since bin Laden appears in regular robes and not in a military uniform with a rifle on his side. Bin Laden has relinquished his military [character] and his arms. This, of course, is intentional on the part of the public relations administration within Al-Qa'ida and outside it.

"In addition, bin Laden does not refer at all to Jihad in this tape. There was no [mention] of Hadiths or of Koranic verses, and not even a mention of the month of Ramadan, which we [mark] today. The tape is devoid of religious manifestations and is devoid of any [mention] of the conflict between East and West, or [the war of] the Mujahideen against the infidel Crusaders, whether Christians or Jews.

"Bin Laden's speech was restricted to technical issues of U.S. foreign policy and its relations with the Middle East. In addition, it was restricted to an attempt to influence the voters in every [U.S.] state, with [bin Laden] stating that [each] state is responsible for its own security by means of its vote – and bin Laden's lack of understanding of the internal situation in the U.S. is [yet another] issue, which I will not elaborate on here."

'This Tape Resembles the Announcements of Commercial Companies Which are Going Out of Business'

"The tape tells George Bush: 'Leave us alone, and we will leave you alone.' It is obvious, from both the language and the body language, that this is a speech of a man who is capitulating, withdrawing, or trying to 'change his spots' from a Jihad fighter to a politician. This tape resembles the announcements of commercial companies which are going out of business.

"Bin Laden gave justifications for the events of September 11, and admitted responsibility for them, and here he is announcing that he votes for John Kerry in the elections. His speech contained expressions borrowed from the Democratic Convention or from Kerry's speeches, such as the story of George Bush telling a girl in Florida a tale about a goat. This expression appeared frequently in John Kerry's speeches, and it is obvious that whoever wrote bin Laden's speeches has democratic leanings, or at the very least that he follows John Kerry's speeches with interest. Moreover, bin Laden appeared in the tape as if he were advisor to Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, for he provided hints, free-of-charge, about the way to [better] preserve U.S. security.

"The outcome of the election we will know today or tomorrow, but the tape will remain a tape of admission, voting, and capitulation."


[1] Al-Ahram (Egypt), November 2, 2004.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: binladen; egypt; kerry; memri; terror; terrorism; terrorist
'Osama Bin Laden Announced his Vote for John Kerry' ...from an EGYPTIAN columnist! There is indeed hope in the world.
1 posted on 11/01/2004 8:30:17 PM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat

Great catch!

2 posted on 11/01/2004 8:43:07 PM PST by Keme (Bush Contra Mundum)
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To: Stoat

Fascinating post. Thanks.

3 posted on 11/01/2004 8:44:44 PM PST by mseltzer
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To: Stoat

This guy gets it. Even if millions of RATS in America do not.

4 posted on 11/01/2004 8:47:35 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (RATmedia will no longer control American politics if patriots have their way.)
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To: justshutupandtakeit

You ever think we're all gettin' punked and this whole election was just used as a tool to get us unified to go kick some ass?

5 posted on 11/01/2004 8:52:32 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty ("Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind." —Albert Einstein)
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To: Stoat

Interesting analysis by the publicist. Not braging but I sense similiar thoughts as I listened to parts of the tape on Rushbo show today. Benny boy seems to have had it, or he just is changing his way of doing business. But any Arab, Irain, Egyptian, etc., listening to the tape surely must have walked away with an empty feeling. No retoric, no holy jihad, no threats. Just an admission that he was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. So as indicated in the article, Muslims of all races can no longer say that it was somehow a CIA or Jewish plot. Great.
Things are going to change. The masses of Muslims with any brain power cannot continue blaming the Jewish nation and the west for all their problems. Their leaders are going to have to start coming clean and doing something for them.
Iran is a great example. So many people there really like western ideas, and the freedoms we take for granted. The Mullahs may lose power in the next few years, due to continued pressure to get the hell out and give some form of democracy a chance to prosper.

6 posted on 11/01/2004 9:29:28 PM PST by Marine_Uncle
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To: Stoat

7 posted on 11/01/2004 10:25:16 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("I heff good news and bad news. Good news is I saw Allah. Bad news is he was wearing a yarmulke.")
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To: Stoat


8 posted on 11/01/2004 10:29:58 PM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("he's the same on Saturday night as he is on Sunday morning." Zell Miller on GWB)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...

If you'd like to be on or off this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

9 posted on 11/02/2004 4:39:34 AM PST by SJackson (They're not Americans. They're just journalists, Col George Connell, USMC)
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To: Kerretarded

If that was some one's intent the RATmedia made sure that it did not work. There is no unity with Leftists outside of a mass grave.

10 posted on 11/02/2004 10:05:53 AM PST by justshutupandtakeit (RATmedia will no longer control American politics if patriots have their way.)
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