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No to Anglo-American Aggression against Afghanistan! For a Just and Peaceful Solution!

Westminster Kingsway College Forum on War and Terrorism

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Westminster Kingsway College Forum on War and Terrorism

BA Unions to Fight £37m Pay Cuts Plan

NATO Parliamentary Assembly:
Cold War Justifications for Use of Force and Increased Militarisation

Organisation of Islamic Conference:
Kofi Annan Says OIC Has Key Role in Fighting Terrorism

Fidel Castro: US Has Not Shown Proof

DPRK Foreign Ministry on Launch of US Military Operation

Libya Recalls 1986 US Attacks

Protests Continue in Indonesia

Let us raise our voices against US terrorism and the imperialist war

WFDY Statement on the Recent Bombing of Afghanistan

Osama bin Laden's Recorded Statement

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Westminster Kingsway College Forum on War and Terrorism

On Wednesday, October 10, over 100 staff and students at Westminster Kingsway College, London's largest FE college, held a lunchtime forum to discuss the present war on Afghanistan and the issue of terrorism. The meeting, which was organised by the local branch of the lecturers' union NATFHE, provided a timely opportunity for students and staff at the college to get together and give their opinions on the present world developments.

A panel of three lecturers at the college kicked off the discussion by outlining their views on the issues of terrorism and the present British and American military aggression against Afghanistan, and this was followed by contributions from the floor.

The first speaker from the panel called on those present to understand the American aggression in the context of the attacks in New York and Washington and praised the role of the British government for having assisted the American government in avoiding a rash response to these attacks. He said that the war was supported by an international coalition of states which all recognised America's right to self defence against these attacks. He also stated that the action being carried out by the American government was in order to satisfy the demands of the American electorate.

The second speaker from the panel pointed out that there needs to be a clear definition of terrorism which avoids any double standards and which includes incidences of state terrorism such as the present aggression against Afghanistan. He said that there was no justification for war since it was widely acknowledged that there was not even sufficient evidence to bring a court case against those who have been accused of the attacks in New York and Washington. Finally he criticised the media for of spreading pro-war propaganda and inciting racism instead of providing people with balanced factual information so that they could consider the facts and draw their own conclusions.

The third speaker from the panel condemned the war as an unjustified response to the attacks in New York and Washington and said that such a response could only have the result of increasing terrorism rather than reducing it. He further explained his view that tackling terrorism must include tackling the conditions which give rise to it and in this regard he mentioned the history of American and British aggression against various countries, including Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and continued military aggression against Iraq. In these causes he also included the fact that the continued sanctions against that country have cost the lives of some half a million people.

After the presentations from the panel, the floor was opened for comments. All those who spoke from the floor condemned the war against Afghanistan as unjustified. One student, who is a refugee from Kosova, condemned the bombing of Afghanistan and pointed out the serious environmental effects of this action. She said that as a result of the NATO bombing of Kosova, low level radiation and chemical pollution were now serious problems there. Another young student simply read out three quotes from high ranking US officials, including Madeleine Albright's callous statement that the death of half a million Iraqi children was a reasonable price to pay, and called on those present to draw their own conclusions about the nature of the US government and the aims of its attack on Afghanistan. Another speaker from the floor pointed out that the international coalition is a coalition of governments and not people and that all over the world people have expressed their opposition to war. He also condemned the history of British colonial domination of countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean and called on those present to oppose the war and attend the upcoming national anti-war demonstration. Another speaker from the floor called on all the students present to join together and make banners and to go to the national demonstration together.

As the forum ended, those present were given leaflets about the national anti-war demonstration and encouraged to attend. The meeting was a positive initiative, which showed the widespread opposition to the war of aggression against Afghanistan, despite the massive pro-war media propaganda.

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BA Unions to Fight £37m Pay Cuts Plan

Unions are pledging to fight plans by British Airways to make savings of £37 million by cutting the pay of 36,000 workers.

The proposed pay cuts would affect non-management staff based in Britain, including flight crew, cabin crew, engineers, administrative and ground staff. Six hundred senior managers were told they faced a 10% pay cut last week. The company's directors have agreed to reduce their own pay by 15%. Thousands of middle managers have been warned their pay is also being reviewed.

The airline, along with other carriers, is trying to reduce spending in the aftermath of the US terrorist attacks, and is proposing not to pay an annual bonus. This is equivalent to one week's pay. It also plans to withhold incremental pay increases next year.

BA chief executive Rod Eddington said: "These proposals are not made lightly but are an essential part of what we need to do during this very difficult period."

Ed Blissett, an official of the GMB said, "Senior managers can afford to take a pay cut when they are earning hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. It is a different story for our members, some of whom earn as little as £8,000. They cannot afford to reduce their pay."

Kevin Egan, national officer of the Manufacturing Science and Finance union, prior to the announcement, had said, "We are obviously in an extremely serious situation and all we can do is wait to hear what BA has to say about its response to the disaster."

Aircraft pilots are also to resist the attempt by British Airways to axe this year's annual bonus. Balpa, the pilots' union, will meet BA management next Monday to set out its opposition to the company's plans. The union is expected to draw up its own alternative proposals.

BA's management will hold pay talks with different employee groups over the next few days.

However, the AEEU and TGWU, representing 40 per cent of the 55,000-strong workforce, are likely to break ranks with the GMB union, which has joined Balpa in rejecting the proposals. An official at one of the unions said they might press for a deferral, to April or May next year, but added that a "pragmatic" view would be taken if it meant jobs were saved.

Before the September 11 attacks, unions had already feared that up to 2,000 workers could lose their jobs, on top of 1,800 announced earlier this year. There are now worries that the numbers could be much higher. BA said that it has a recruitment freeze but describes the figures for possible job cuts as "speculation", though in recent weeks British Airways job cuts have reached a total of 7,200.

However, in a further report yesterday, it was pointed out that BA, Lufthansa and Air France plan to dominate the European airline industry. According to economic analysts Bloomberg, British Airways Plc, Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Air France SA will benefit from a consolidation of the European airline industry accelerated by a collapse in air travel after the terrorist attacks in the US.

According to the analysts, Europe's three largest carriers will emerge stronger as the region's airlines lose as much as $3 billion and smaller rivals like KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are Alitalia SpA are forced to abandon global ambitions and become takeover candidates. Swissair Group and Sabena SA have already filed for protection from creditors.

Even before the attacks, airlines were facing their worst losses in almost a decade as a slowing global economy cut business travel. With a further fall in demand of more than a third since September 11, carriers may face a full-year loss of more than $12 billion, the International Air Transport Association has said.

However, yesterday the European Commission gave the green light to limited compensation for airlines. It ruled that governments can partially compensate airlines, as part of a package of measures designed to help the crisis hit industry. The decision came as several airlines said they had asked the Commission to look into proposed Belgian government aid for Sabena.

The move will come as a blow to the main low-cost airlines, particularly Easyjet, which had lobbied the Commission to ignore the pleas of the larger carriers for protection of disused slots. Easyjet is particularly concerned about BA protecting the slots it is abandoning at London Gatwick, where it is cutting back its operations.

At least four airlines, including Lufthansa, have asked the Commission to investigate the legality of a E125m bridging loan granted last week. The German flag carrier's complaint is backed by Scandinavian carrier, SAS, and Austrian Airlines. Ryanair, Europe's biggest low-cost operator, has also filed a separate complaint.

The International Air Transport Agency (IATA) estimates the number of workers in the global airline industry who have lost their jobs at about 200,000 since the attacks on New York and Washington.

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NATO Parliamentary Assembly:

Cold War Justifications for Use of Force and Increased Militarisation

On October 9, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly concluded its four-day annual session, held this year in Ottawa. According to a press release by the Assembly, roughly 300 legislators attended from 18 of the 19 NATO countries as well as 17 other countries, including NATO candidate countries and Russia. The final plenary session included addresses by NATO Secretary-General George Robertson, US Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman and US Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. The plenary session also adopted, without change, a declaration drafted by the President of the Assembly, Rafael Estrella of Spain.

Since the September 11 events, the NATO powers have been presenting justifications to increase militarisation, as well as saying that the NATO military bloc is crucial in ensuring the "defence and security" of North America and Europe. NATO Secretary-General George Robertson gave a call to NATO countries to step up the militarisation of their economies. NATO, he said, must imitate the Cold War when "untold billions of dollars" were spent. "We must approach the new security challenges with the same vigour, the same commitment and the same willingness to spend the right money on the right things," he said. George Robertson continued, "I hope the events of September 11 will have rammed home that message, that investment in defence is not an add-on to the budgets of countries, it's not some frivolous luxury we can cut because a social programme comes along that appears to have an immediate political priority." The NATO Secretary-General also called for better NATO intelligence, more monitoring of illegal financial transactions and more deployable police forces. In particular, he cited the need for paramilitary police forces like Italy's carabinieri and France's gendarmerie.

Lord Robertson also sought to link the US and NATO powers' justifications for interference and aggression in the Balkans with the current aggression against Afghanistan. "Afghanistan is a safe haven for terrorists precisely because it does not have a viable state structure. It is a black hole," he said. He continued, "NATO is engaged in the Balkans to prevent such black holes from emerging right at our doorstep."

Lord Robertson also said that at NATO's upcoming Summit in Prague, NATO "will unequivocally move the enlargement process forward". He added, "President Putin made it clear that he increasingly sees NATO not as a threat to Russia but as a vital and important security partner." Regarding Chechnya, the NATO Secretary-General said that even if NATO and Russia "disagree about the tactics used and the reports that we constantly hear, it does not in any way undermine Russia's right to act to protect its own territorial integrity and also to deal with terrorism when that terrorism arises".

The "Declaration on the Fight against Terrorism", passed by the plenary session, sought to legitimise the use of force as a means to sort out international problems. It carried a series of endorsements of actions taken on the part of the US and NATO powers since September 11. It endorsed NATO's invoking of Article 5 of its treaty and agreed with the statement by the European Council that "a riposte by the United States is legitimate". The declaration further called on NATO countries, either through a declaration or a formal revision of NATO's Strategic Concept, "to state explicitly that military action, as well as a range of political and financial actions, is a legitimate response to acts of international terrorism".

The declaration said that the legislators "recognise the right of the United States ... to define the response that it must take against the perpetrators" and endorses the statement by George Robertson that the US "has the lead role in this matter". The legislators also said they will "fully support" their governments providing the United States with the military means at their disposal.

The declaration also supported the US's justification for aggression based on Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, "the right of individual or collective self-defence". Turning truth on its head and distorting the principles contained in the UN Charter, the legislators added, "We believe that the entire array of actions against international terrorism represents a defence of the universal values enshrined in the United Nations Charter that all civilised nations share."

Regarding the role of parliamentarians, the declaration put emphasis on "mobilising popular support for the means needed to deal with terrorism and in assessing and tackling the long-term causes of terrorism".

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Organisation of Islamic Conference:

Kofi Annan Says OIC Has Key Role in Fighting Terrorism

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message delivered on Wednesday, October 10, to the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) extraordinary meeting in Doha, Qatar, that the OIC has a central contribution to make in devising an effective strategy to combat terrorism, not least because the Member States have themselves suffered from terrorism.

The Secretary-General emphasised that the global response to terrorism must be "truly universal and not divisive". He pledged that the UN would continue to address the ills of hatred, ignorance, conflict and poverty wherever they are found. "But every nation and every people have a responsibility to contribute to the fight against terrorism by ensuring that differences and disputes are resolved through political means, and not through violence," he added.

Kofi Annan also called attention to the plight of innocent Afghan civilians "who cannot be held responsible for the actions of the Taleban regime". Pointing out that they were "in desperate need of aid", he pledged that the UN would step up its humanitarian work in Afghanistan as soon as possible.

The message was delivered on Kofi Annan's behalf to the foreign ministers of the Islamic world by Ibrahim Gambari, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Africa.

The OIC declared that Palestinians and Lebanese fighters resisting Israel cannot be called terrorists. Afghanistan's Taleban militia sent a letter to the conference imploring Muslim leaders to "stop this tragic attack by America". But Qatari diplomats involved in the conference said the letter was not received and it was not addressed in the final conference statement.

The OIC foreign ministers rejected "targeting any Islamic or Arab state under the pretext of fighting terrorism" and expressed concern in their final communiqué over the death of Afghan civilians as a result of the US strikes.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al-Thani noted the final communiqué did not refer to Osama bin Laden. "We don't want to point to a specific person since we don't know until now specifically who carried out the attack," the Qatari official said. "We did not see all the evidence" the United States has against Bin Laden, he said. "But we saw some and it was not conclusive."

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Fidel Castro: US Has Not Shown Proof

Cuban President Fidel Castro has pointed out that the United States has shown no proof of who carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks against New York and Washington.

In comments published in Buenos Aires on October 10, President Castro told Argentine journalists visiting Havana he "was not convinced" that Osama bin Laden was behind the strikes. "It appears that the United States has not found concrete proof of who the authors of the attack were," Fidel Castro said. "Why can't they present the evidence requested?" He said that the United States were "organised exporters of crime".

Fidel Castro pointed out that the United States was behind "the first act of terrorism" by giving orders to kill president Salvador Allende of Chile, as well as being behind coups in Chile and Argentina, and being "allies of military dictators ... and other repressive regimes in the Americas and around the world".

President Castro also explained that Cuba was itself a victim of terrorist attacks that had not been adequately explained such as the mid-air explosion of a plane off Barbados in the 1970s, when some 70 people were killed aboard the flight from Guyana to Cuba.

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DPRK Foreign Ministry on Launch of US Military Operation

A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea answered a question put by KCNA on October 9 regarding the US launch of its military operation in retaliation against the large-scale terrorist attacks.

The spokesman said that the US had proclaimed what it calls "military retaliation" after the large-scale terrorist attacks on the US and has made preparations in every way. On October 8 it launched a military operation against Afghanistan. As a consequence, the world faces another war, he said.

The spokesman pointed out that the DPRK had already clarified its principled stand of opposing all forms of terrorism and any support for it, and the DPRK has been consistently opposed to terrorism. The DPRK's opposition to terrorism, he said, is aimed to promote global peace and stability and defend the sovereignty of the country and nation and protect the safety of the people and their property.

The spokesman explained that the method of combating terrorism should be in full accord withthat aim in every case. The use of armed forces or a war to kill innocent people and aggravate a regional situation and disturb regional stability contrary to the aim cannot be justified under any circumstances, he emphasised.

"We hold that the action of the US should not be the source of a vicious circle of terrorism and retaliation that may plunge the world into the holocaust of war," the spokesman said.

The DPRK has so far done what it is obliged to do to combat terrorism, said the spokesman. The US, however, has pursued a hostile policy toward the DPRK, still keeping it on the list of "sponsors of terrorism" under an unreasonable pretext. Under this situation, he said, the DPRK is following the situation with vigilance.

The DPRK is proud that it has increased its national defence capabilities in every way through its own choices no matter what others may say, the spokesman declared. He concluded by saying that the DPRK will closely watch developments in full readiness to cope with any eventuality.

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Libya Recalls 1986 US Attacks

In an address to the United Nations General Assembly plenary debate on terrorism last week, Abuzed Omar Dorda, Libya's Permanent Representative to the UN, recalled the US attacks against Libya in 1986.

"My country was subject to state terrorism," the Ambassador said. "Its territorial waters in the Gulf of Sirt were attacked, as well as its air-space and its lands. Its major cities, Tripoli and Benghazi, were the targets of the terrorist attack which took place on the night of April 14," he said.

The Libyan representative continued that the "terrorist operation aimed specifically at the assassination of brother Mu'ammar Qadaffi. His home, his office, and his tent were simultaneously destroyed, as were residential areas in the two cities. Tens of people were killed, and hundreds were wounded, among whom, I myself was a victim. Many establishments and hundreds of homes were demolished, among which was my own home."

Coinciding with the April 1986 US attack against Libya, under the code name "El Dorado Canyon", US President Ronald Reagan made a national address in which he said, "Self defence is not only our right, it is our duty. It is the purpose behind the mission ... a mission fully consistent with Article 51 of the UN Charter." The use of force, Reagan said, was backed by "irrefutable proof" that Libya had directed a terrorist bombing of a West Berlin discotheque nine days earlier which had killed one American and injured 200 others. France, Spain, Germany and Italy each refused to allow the US access to its airspace for the bombing raids.

The Libyan Ambassador said that in addition to the bombings, "sanctions were imposed under the pretext that we supported terrorism, a pretext which was neither corroborated, nor proven, even at the trial held for the two suspects in the PanAm incident – flight 103 – over Lockerbie. We emphasise today that they, more than we, know that the suspects are innocent of such crimes, both the one who was acquitted by the court, or the one who was convicted, without any material evidence, a matter which enraged Scottish legal experts, even more than others. They perfectly know that they were innocent of this crime...."

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Protests Continue in Indonesia

Hundreds of students from the University of Indonesia have continued their daily protest in front of the US embassy in Jakarta. The students demanded that President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government stop its support of the US-led aggression against Afghanistan. Placards read: "Save Afghanistan", "Save the World from Global Terrorism" and "Take Bush to an International Tribunal".

As the demonstrations erupted, the police had fired weapons into the air and used tear gas to disperse the hundreds of protesters. Other anti-US demonstrations are also taking place in several regions, including Sulawesi, Java and Sumatra.

On October 8, the Indonesian government issued a statement conciliating with the Anglo-US attacks, saying that it expresses concern for civilians and calls for the attacks to be limited. The Indonesian president met with US President George W. Bush last month soon after the September 11 events as part of the US's attempt to gain support for military retaliation. During the meeting, Bush offered the Indonesian president aid and trade privileges worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

A parliamentary commission has summoned Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda to explain the government's position. "Our stance is harsher than the government's. We condemn the attacks," deputy leader of the house commission on defence and foreign affairs Astrid Susanto told the media.

Astrid Susanto said that the parliament was more critical because it was reflecting the people's feelings. "We're the ones who deal with protesters, not the government. As the people's representatives we must convey their aspirations," she said. "We support the fight against terrorism but we disagree with attacks. We hope the United Nations Security Council will take a stance and stop this from turning into a world war."

The two largest Muslim organisations in the country have condemned the Anglo-US attacks and are calling on the government to end diplomatic relations with the United States. Acting Foreign Minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra said the government would not change its position. "The government has no plan to sever diplomatic ties with the US. Our stance is that we are adopting a free and active foreign policy," he told reporters.

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Let us raise our voices against US terrorism and the imperialist war

WDIE has received the press release below made by the President of the Party of Labour of Turkey following the first attacks on Afghanistan, October 8, 2001:

The US, using the attacks directed at the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on 11 September as a justification has, with the support of its collaborators – beginning with England – started its massacre on Afghanistan that it has been holding "responsible" for the attacks.

In the name of "saving the civilised world from terror", "claiming civilisation", the US wants to once again establish its sovereignty over the blood of the oppressed people. Those serving the US, from the capital's media to the governments as well as the collaborator reactionaries are applauding these actions in complete harmony all around the world.

The true face of the reactionary, imperialist hegemony adorned with such gleaming words as civilisation and globalisation is being exposed in all clarity with this attack directed at Afghanistan.

The "bombardment of lies", carried on by the imperialist propaganda centres with all the means available to them, have not been able to obstruct the people and labourers of the world from seeing the realities. Anti-war demonstrations have increasingly surrounded the streets on all sides of the world from the moment the attack has begun. Beginning with the US itself, tens of thousands of anti-war workers, labourers and youth from Europe, Asia to the poor people of the Middle East are holding protest rallies.

The world is rapidly being divided into two: those defending wars, massacres and brutality and those who are anti-war, demanding equality, freedom and fraternity. On one side are the imperialists dominating the world and their collaborator governments and on the other side, there stands the working, labourer classes of the world and their oppressed, exploited, impoverished people...

The people of Turkey, with its workers, public sector labourers, peasants and youth, have also demonstrated their opposition to US terrorism and the imperialist war. In the public opinion polls, 93 % of the people have refused to be used as pawns in US policies. Now is the time to raise our voices against this brutal and unjust war in all labourer districts, factories and work-places and in our universities.

No war planes – beginning with those for fuel reinforcement – should be allowed to take off from the Incirlik Base or any other US bases. All the bases should be closed down immediately. Our country should not be made "partners in crime" to the massacres, destruction, oppression and terror that will all be brought on by war. Relations based on peace, brotherhood and respect for the independence of all countries should be established. All initiatives to the contrary should be condemned as crimes against humanity.

Our Party calls on all our worker and labourer people and the youth of our country to raise their voices, together with all their class brothers and sisters from other countries and all the fraternal peoples against US terrorism and the imperialist war.

A. LEVENT TUZEL

PRESIDENT

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WFDY Statement on the Recent Bombing of Afghanistan

WDIE is reproducing below the statement of the Co-ordinating Council of the World Federation of Democratic Youth, issued in Budapest on October 8, 2001.

The World Federation of Democratic Youth strongly condemns the US and British military attack on cities of Afghanistan, on the pretext of fighting terrorism.

WFDY expresses its categorical opposition and condemnation to acts like the one of September 11 in the USA, which caused the loss of thousands of innocent lives, underlining at the same time that the US-administration and its European allies are choosing the path of escalation of violence, which is threatening global peace and security.

WFDY believes strongly that the poor people of Afghanistan, especially the female population are victims of the Taleban regime, from which they are suffering now for years, but as well that this military actions by the US will worsen the situation of the Afghan people. WFDY opposes vehemently all kind of religious extremism, state-terrorism and any other form of terrorism.

Nothing can justify the plans of the USA and NATO to bomb or invade the region of Central Asia, especially when it is well known that the area is of strategic importance, for the energy reserves and roads.

WFDY opposes the war plans of the imperialist forces, which are the ones who have recruited and trained the various terrorist groups in Afghanistan and other parts of the world, when this was suitable for them for their goals in many regions.

We demand the immediate stop of the military operations!

The grief of the American people and of all the peoples of the world is not a cry for war!

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Osama bin Laden's Recorded Statement

For the information of our readers, WDIE is reproducing the recorded statement of Osama bin Laden broadcast on al-Jazeera television on Sunday, October 7, 2001, according to the full text as posted by the BBC. It was this statement that Tony Blair said demonstrated Osama bin Laden’s wickedness and intent.

Praise be to God and we beseech Him for help and forgiveness.

We seek refuge with the Lord of our bad and evildoing. He whom God guides is rightly guided but he whom God leaves to stray, for him wilt thou find no protector to lead him to the right way.

I witness that there is no God but God and Mohammed is His slave and Prophet.

God Almighty hit the United States at its most vulnerable spot. He destroyed its greatest buildings.

Praise be to God.

Here is the United States. It was filled with terror from its north to its south and from its east to its west.

Praise be to God.

What the United States tastes today is a very small thing compared to what we have tasted for tens of years.

Our nation has been tasting this humiliation and contempt for more than 80 years.

Its sons are being killed, its blood is being shed, its holy places are being attacked, and it is not being ruled according to what God has decreed.

Despite this, nobody cares.

When Almighty God rendered successful a convoy of Muslims, the vanguards of Islam, He allowed them to destroy the United States.

I ask God Almighty to elevate their status and grant them Paradise. He is the one who is capable to do so.

When these defended their oppressed sons, brothers, and sisters in Palestine and in many Islamic countries, the world at large shouted. The infidels shouted, followed by the hypocrites.

One million Iraqi children have thus far died in Iraq although they did not do anything wrong.

Despite this, we heard no denunciation by anyone in the world or a fatwa by the rulers' ulema [body of Muslim scholars].

Israeli tanks and tracked vehicles also enter to wreak havoc in Palestine, in Jenin, Ramallah, Rafah, Beit Jala, and other Islamic areas and we hear no voices raised or moves made.

But if the sword falls on the United States after 80 years, hypocrisy raises its head lamenting the deaths of these killers who tampered with the blood, honour, and holy places of the Muslims.

The least that one can describe these people is that they are morally depraved.

They champion falsehood, support the butcher against the victim, the oppressor against the innocent child.

May God mete them the punishment they deserve.

I say that the matter is clear and explicit.

In the aftermath of this event and now that senior US officials have spoken, beginning with Bush, the head of the world's infidels, and whoever supports him, every Muslim should rush to defend his religion.

They came out in arrogance with their men and horses and instigated even those countries that belong to Islam against us.

They came out to fight this group of people who declared their faith in God and refused to abandon their religion.

They came out to fight Islam in the name of terrorism.

Hundreds of thousands of people, young and old, were killed in the farthest point on earth in Japan.

[For them] this is not a crime, but rather a debatable issue.

They bombed Iraq and considered that a debatable issue.

But when a dozen people of them were killed in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Afghanistan and Iraq were bombed and all hypocrite ones stood behind the head of the world's infidelity - behind the Hubal [an idol worshipped by pagans before the advent of Islam] of the age - namely, America and its supporters.

These incidents divided the entire world into two regions - one of faith where there is no hypocrisy and another of infidelity, from which we hope God will protect us.

The winds of faith and change have blown to remove falsehood from the [Arabian] peninsula of Prophet Mohammed, may God's prayers be upon him.

As for the United States, I tell it and its people these few words: I swear by Almighty God who raised the heavens without pillars that neither the United States nor he who lives in the United States will enjoy security before we can see it as a reality in Palestine and before all the infidel armies leave the land of Mohammed, may God's peace and blessing be upon him.

God is great and glory to Islam.

May God's peace, mercy, and blessings be upon you.

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