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Posted on 05/11/2006 11:51:05 AM PDT by JZelle
Any student of history knows the failure to learn its lessons leaves a nation likely to repeat its mistakes. On Feb. 23, 1998, an event occurred that went ignored by the United States. Not until September 11, 2001 would its importance become clear -- and, thus, from the vantage point of hindsight, a "lesson learned." For it was then that a little-known terrorist named Osama bin Laden declared war against the U.S. For those who heard it, the declaration must have sounded as ludicrous and nonthreatening as Prime Minister Count Mountjoy's declaration of war against the U.S. in the movie comedy "The Mouse That Roared." But unlike Mountjoy's declaration, bin Laden's was no laughing matter. He roared -- its echo to reverberate for generations to come.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
...The lesson learned from bin Laden's February 1998 declaration is this: When an Islamic extremist leader speaks, we need to listen -- for what is said may well contain an ominous threat of action to follow. In Osama's mind, he was giving advance notice of his intent to attack. Had we listened, September 11 might well have been avoided.
Sadly, bin Laden's threat to harm us was not the only time we have failed to heed such warnings. One need only look back to Adolf Hitler's pre-World War II rantings to see we failed to listen and act to prevent him from embarking upon his murderous rampage throughout Europe. Unfortunately, we have not been very good students of history's lessons.
Another threat to do the world harm was issued last year. It remains to be seen what the world community will do to prevent that threat from becoming a reality.
In October 2005, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad publicly called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" and for the destruction of the United States. These statements must be given full weight as to intent: i.e., they are Iran's advance notice that Israel and the U.S. need to be destroyed. The obvious way to do so is with nuclear weapons.
...In Iranian President Ahmadinejad we have a mad leader, untethered by the MAD deterrent, hell-bent on creating the required chaos by paving the road for the 12th imam's return with the dead, and without concern as to whether the victims are Jews or Muslims.
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Good post, Zumwalt couldn't be more correct, IMO.
USDOJ/OIG Special Report: "BOMBS IN BROOKLYN: HOW THE TWO ILLEGAL ALIENS ARRESTED FOR PLOTTING TO BOMB THE NEW YORK SUBWAY ENTERED AND REMAINED IN THE UNITED STATES" (March, 1998) (Note: This url is 404 and may have expired.)
CatStevens.com: "CALL FOR ISLAMIC CHARITY AND A UNITED UMMAH" by Zakiah Koya, New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, December 12, 1997, Courtesy of Kirby
"TRANSCRIPT OF OSAMA BIN LADIN INTERVIEW BY PETER ARNETT Transcript of Osama Bin Ladin The first-ever television interview with Osama Bin Ladin was conducted by Peter Arnett in eastern Afghanistan in late March 1997. Questions were submitted in advance. Bin Ladin responded to almost all of the questions. CNN was not allowed to ask follow up questions. The interview lasted just over an hour." (March 1997)FOX NEWS.com: Washington - "DOCUMENTS SHOW STATE DEPARTMENT WARNED CLINTON ABOUT BIN LADEN" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The State Department warned the Clinton administration in July 1996 that Usama bin Laden's move to Afghanistan would give him more fertile ground to spread radical Islam, according to newly declassified documents." (August 17, 2005)NEWSMAX.com: "IRAQI GENERAL: BIN LADEN VISITED BAGHDAD" by Carl Limbacher with the NewsMax.com staff (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Speaking in halting English, former Iraqi Gen. Georges Sada described the bin Laden visit to ABC Radio's Sean Hannity. "I can make sure one thing - I know - I have seen by my eyes. It was in '84, '85, Osama bin Laden himself was coming to Iraqi air force headquarters. "Gen. Sada explained: "At that time he was looking for contracts to build air fields in Iraq."") (January 27, 2006)OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com (YNETNEWS.com): "ISRAEL WARNED U.S. OF BIN LADEN [IN 1988]" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The name Bin Laden became familiar to the Israeli Mossad in the years 1986-1987, Bar said. At that time Israel had been gathering written material in Gaza and the West Bank, and came across the name of Bin Laden, who was described in one of the documents as a Saudi millionaire who joined Sheikh Abdullah Azzam's Mujahidin that ventured to Afghanistan to aid in the war against the Soviets. The document referred to Bin Laden's preaching and his fatwas (Muslim law rulings). Mossad investigators realized at that point that Azzam's movement represented a problem, and that anyone involved in it could represent a threat to the western world.") (January 25, 2006)
Most likely, same name and middle initial as Admiral Elmo Zumwalt's younger son. The Admiral, whose wife was from Harbin China, but not Chinese, had two sons and two daughters. His oldest son, Elmo III, who like James, served in Vietnam, preceded him in death. The Admiral died 2 January 2000. Elmo III was a river patrol boat commander, in the Navy, while James was a Marine.
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