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Bin Laden, Terrorist Monster:
by Jared Israel
[9 October 2001]
[Re-posted 17 December 2001]
**NOTE: There has been a
lot of Internet argument about the latest bin Laden tape.
Though the following article discusses the previous bin
Laden tape, virtually everything written here is relevant
to the latest tape as well. - Jared Israel
In 'US Army Gets Secret Advice from Hollywood,' the BBC (British Broadcasting Company) notes
specialists are reported to have 'secretly' sought
advice on handling terrorist attacks from Hollywood
film-makers." (http://emperors-clothes.com/news/hollywood-i.htm )
Among said film-makers is Steven E De
Souza, the screenwriter for the movie 'Die Hard,' whose
plot deals with terrorists trying to destroy a big city
The goal of this interaction?
entertainment industry can offer [the Army] expertise
in understanding plot and character, as well as
advice on scenario training."
Have the black ops boys by any chance
lent their script doctors to Osama bin Laden?
Consider the following.
Bin Laden was interviewed September 28th
by a pro-Taliban newspaper. Here's a summary:
"In an interview with 'Ummat'
-- a publication sympathetic to Afghanistan's ruling
Taliban -- bin Laden said both he and al Qaida had
'nothing to do with the terrorist attacks in America'
and that 'hard-line Jewish organizations might be
"Ummat said it sent questions to bin Laden
through Taliban officials, and received written
responses. Bin Laden reportedly said in his replies
that dozens of terrorists organizations from
countries like Israel, Russia, India and Serbia could
be responsible for the attacks on the World Trade
Center and Pentagon that left over 6,000 people dead
He also insisted that al Qaida does not consider the
United States its enemy
" ('United Press
International,' 28 September 28, 2001, Friday)
This interview was seized on by those
opposed to bombing Afghanistan. They noted that
terrorists always take credit for their murders. Indeed,
the whole point of terror is to take credit. How else can
the terrorists intimidate the target group and force them
to flee, give up, change their political allegience or
make concessions to terrorist demands?
Since bin Laden wasn't taking credit,
how, asked critics, could anybody be sure he was behind
the WTC attacks? And if nobody could be certain he was
behind the attacks why was the U.S. so anxious to
'counter'attack against Afghanistan?
Now bin Laden has issued a speech which
he recorded on videotape. This speech has been broadcast
on TV. Transcripts have been published in major
newspapers. His picture is on the front page of the 'NY
Times,' holding a microphone, looking like a maniacal
This is in itself remarkable. As
opponents of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and the U.S.-supported,
Kosovo Liberation Army attacks on that country will
testify, it is virtually impossible for people critical
of U.S. foreign policy to get their views presented in
major newspapers or on TV in the U.S.
But here is bin Laden, front page and
And mind you, he's no longer saying,
"Russia, India, Serbia and Israel" did it, or
"America is not the enemy." Rather, his
expressed views have altered:
"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...
"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
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." (1)
Quite a change.
The 'Times' commented:
"Within hours of the first
American bombs dropping on Afghanistan, the world's
most wanted man, Osama bin laden, appeared in a
videotape broadcast, worldwide in
which he taunted the United States and celebrated the
Sept 11 terrorist attacks. (Our
Allow me to remind you, Osama bin
Laden's tape was not broadcast worldwide by Osama bin
Laden, nor by chance. Rather, it was broadcast worldwide
by the mainstream mass media, that is, by the conscious
effort of bin Laden's supposed enemies.
The 'Times' described Mr. bin Laden's
performance as "an evident attempt to rally the
entire Islamic world against the United States."
I beg to differ.
By providing this videotape at this
time, bin Laden has given the mass media an effective and
timely argument to justify bombing Afghanistan and
perhaps other countries.
The other day the British government
published a document purporting to prove bin laden was
behind 9-11. In fact, the document proved no such thing.
Rather, it listed some horrific crimes in which he was
involved, or probably involved, prior to 9-11, and it
repeated various violent things he purportedly said. This
might constitute negative character evidence at a trial,
but it offers no proof that he was behind 9-11.
Having for days promised Great
Revelations, and having finally produced something that
would flunk an exam in First Semester Criminal Law in any
U.S. Law School, the U.S. and British governments were in
a bad spot.
They wanted to bomb Afghanistan - but
why? Many people, or at least those whose critical
faculties are able to overcome the current political
atmosphere in the U.S. and Britain, would like to know,
when bombing other countries, whether it is necessary and
Bombing Afghanistan because bin Laden
masterminded 9-11 is a stretch for three reasons:
- It violates the entire fabric of
international law, for instance the Helsinki Final Act and the United Nations Charter.
International Law denies the U.S. and British
governments the right to bomb other countries
even if they feel they have a good reason. (Other
countries might feel they have a good reason to
do likewise to the U.S. and Britain, and the U.S.
government would not like that.)
- It is not clear how the punishment
(bombing Afghanistan) would fit the crime, since
whereas millions of ordinary people in
Afghanistan would be bound to suffer, and surely
many would die, bin Laden and the Taliban leaders
might not. Indeed, official British/US plans call
for creating a new "government" in
Afghanistan largely made up of - the Taliban (2)
- And obviously bombing would
encourage violent reprisals and/or create a
climate where secret government agencies could
stage phony terrorist attacks (often called
'provocations') to justify further military
That is what is wrong with bombing
Afghanistan if the U.S. and British governments had
proven that bin Laden was responsible for 9-11.
But bombing Afghanistan despite the U.S.
and British governments having provided no hard evidence
that bin Laden was behind 9-11 is simply insane. Unless,
of course, the U.S. and British governments have a purpose entirely separate from the publicly
stated one of taking revenge for 9-11. (3)
By issuing this videotape, bin Laden
has accomplished the following:
- He has provided a harsh verbal
"taunt" (the 'Times' word) which can be
read, and has been read and listened to, by
millions of people in the NATO countries and
which has thereby created a mass emotional basis
for bombing. Not because bin Laden's taunt
justifies U.S. military attacks but because it a)
allows demagogues to say, "He has confessed!
We must retaliate!" while encouraging
ordinary people to feel less upset about
attacking faraway countries.
People say: "We've got to do something about
that bastard, don't we?" and "We have
to retaliate in some way." That is the
refrain I hear from many quarters. One friend of
mine wanted to know just one thing: "Do you
think he's a monster or not?" To which I
answered, "Yeah, he's a monster. But that
has nothing to do with bombing Afghanistan."
It's a hard argument to make given the passions
which bin Laden's video has conveniently further
- Bin Laden mixes Islamist
fanaticism and callous glee over the suffering of
Americans, on the one hand, with valid criticisms
of the U.S. government, on the other. Among the
valid statements: he accuses the US of being
responsible for the deaths of a million Iraqi
children through its insistence on imposing
horrific economic sanctions on Iraq. This is a
very extreme charge, of course, but it also
happens to be true, as admitted by one of the responsible parties,
former Secretary of State, Madeline Albright. (4) (At the time Albright made her
admission, the number of dead children was
estimated at 500 000.)
Since bin Laden utters vicious, Islamist ravings
and equates ordinary Americans with the U.S.
government, on the one hand, but mixes this with
valid criticisms, on the other, his video creates
an atmosphere of hostility towards views critical
of U.S. foreign policy because now, in addition
to challenging the propaganda apparatus of the U.S.
government and its supporting media, we bear the
burden of "sounding like bin Laden,"
whom we happen to loathe.
Consider this example: Emperor's Clothes has been
fighting Islamist and secessionist terrorism for
over two years. We have proven, from evidence
available in the mass media, that the U.S. government has been intimately
involved, often covertly, in creating and sponsoring terrorist
organizations, especially in the Balkans. (7) Our
Website has hundreds of pages of texts attacking
this terrible union. Ironically, bin Laden and
related Islamist terrorists have been involved on
the U.S. side, backing local terrorists in Kosovo, Bosnia and Macedonia. (8)
But today we received an email accusing us of
supporting Islamist terrorism because we attack U.S.
government arrogance and violence - and after
all, said this person, so does bin Laden!
- At the same time, by linking
Islamist terrorist ravings with valid criticisms,
the bin Laden video encourages those who hate US
foreign policy to view the bin Laden monster as
some kind of hero.
Never mind that he helped the CIA turn Afghanistan into a living hell. Never mind that he
and his Mujahedeen, who were praised by Ronald
Reagan as "freedom fighters," who were
paid billions by the CIA (5), would execute
school teachers because obviously every teacher
in a secular school had to be a communist - why
else would anyone teach a little girl to read?
Never mind that his Taliban monsters have made it
a crime for male surgeons to operate on women. (One
of our readers, an Afghan surgeon now living in
the U.S., reports that he was performing a
stomach operation on a woman when the Taliban
seized Kabul. He was literally forced to leave
the operating room and was arrested for treating
a female patient. The patient was left
unconscious, stomach cut wide open, on the
In his 28 September interview, bin
Laden is quoted as follows:
"'I can go from Indonesia to
Algeria, Kabul to Chechnya, Bosnia to Sudan, and
Burma to Kashmir," he said. "This is not a
question of my survival. This is the question of the
survival of jihad (holy war). Wherever required, I
will be there.'"
This amounts to a confession that bin
Laden has been involved with the very terrorists that the
U.S. has sponsored, for example in Chechnya, Bosnia,
Macedonia, Algeria, and Indonesia, and also, with the KLA
whom the U.S. government has sponsored in attacking Serbia. (6)
This man is no enemy of oppression.
This is terribly distorted person who tries to distort
others in his image, a spoiled billionaire who exploits
the misery of angry people to lure them into the
fascistic 'solution' of his murderous Islamist
Wouldnt the U.S. government love
it if some young people who hate the bombing of
Afghanistan were to elevate this thug into some kind of
hero? Such people would discredit themselves and any
valid criticisms they had of the status quo and - as we
have seen time and again - they could then easily be used by the CIA, as followers of bin Laden have been used to
attack secular governments from Algeria to Yugoslavia to
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The 'N.Y. Times' notes:
"[The tape] appeared to have
been carefully prepared so as to have the maximum
effect the moment American military operations
against Mr. bin Laden and the Taliban rulers of
Very true. A cynic might say that in
constructing the storyline of a Hollywood blockbuster it
is necessary to have the terrorist villain goad and taunt
(and perhaps treacherously assault) the All-American hero
several times before the hero comes back to smash the
villain (or, in this case, smash the country where the
If the villain does not verbally (and
perhaps physically) abuse the All-American hero, then
when the hero crushes the villain (or the country where
the villain resides) the audience might not cheer; it
might look askance; it might view the hero as a bully and
a monster himself.
-- Jared Israel
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Since we posted the links to 'Further
reading,' below, we have published a well-dcoumented
summary of most of the evidence linking bin Laden to the
CIA. It is called 'Gaping Holes in the 'CIA vs. bin Laden'
Story' and it can be
read at http://emperors-clothes.com/news/probestop-i.htm
1) A transcript of bin Laden's latest
speech can be read at http://www.truthout.com/0657.Bin.Laden.Stmt.htm
2) See http://emperors-clothes.com/news/jw.htm#a
3) 'Why Washington Wants Afghanistan' by
Jared Israel, Rick Rozoff & Nico Varkevisser at:
4) Madeline Albright's
exchange with Leslie Stahl on '60 Minutes', 12 May 1996,
regarding deaths of Iraqi children:
Lesley Stahl: We have heard that a
half a million children have died [due to sanctions
on Iraq, imposed because of US pressure]. I mean,
that's more children than died when--wh--in--in
Hiroshima. And--and, you know, is the price worth it?
Ambassador Albright: I think this is a very hard
choice, but the price--we think the price is worth it.
(60 MINUTES, May 12, 1996) -
5) See 'Taliban Camps U.S. bombed in Afghanistan Were
Built by NATO' which can be
6) See '"TERRORISM AGAINST SERBIA IS NO CRIME"' at:
7) 'Gentle Reign: Washington Makes It Perfectly
Clear in Kosovo & Macedonia'
8) See 'Excerpts from News Reports - Bin Laden in the
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