A Muslim journalist interviewed Osama bin Laden for Newsweek, January 11, 1999:
Question: Why have you asked Muslims to target civilian Americans all over the world? Islam prohibits its followers from killing civilians in war.
Bin Laden: If the Israelis are killing small children in Palestine and the Americans are killing innocent people in Iraq, and if the majority of the American people support their dissolute President, this means the American people are fighting us and we have the right to target them.
Question: All Americans?
Bin Laden: Muslim scholars have issued a fatwa--a religious order--against any American who pays taxes to his government. He is our target, because he is helping the American war machine against the Muslim nation.
This commentary on Osama bin Laden appeared on ABCNews.com, January, 1999: "His fatwa was clear: Americans must die within the nest few weeks."
U.S. troops will leave Saudi Arabia when Islamic terrorists "send the bodies of American troops and civilians home in wooden boxes and coffins," Osama bin Laden vowed in an exclusive interview with ABC News correspondent John Miller. "We don't differentiate between those dressed in military uniforms and civilians. They are all targets in this fatwa."
Bin Laden convened a meeting of fundamentalist extremists and sponsors of terrorism. More than 150 clerics named themselves the "International Front for the Jihad against Jews and Crusaders," and issued a variety of fatwas."
The words and actions of Bin Laden and company reflect a strange and toxic mix of radical Islamic belief and Leftwing propaganda. The doctrine of moral equivalence, which holds, for example, that the unfortunate killing of a child in the course of war is the equivalent of the deliberate killing of children as an act of war, is classic Leftwing doctrine. This is how the Left excuses the murder, according to the Black Book of Communism, of over 100 million people in the name of Socialist progress.
The Islamic terrorist enemy embodies a faith similar to that of the Nazis, except that, instead of the Nazi brew of Socialism and new age religion, the Islamists amalgamate Socialism and Islamic extremism. Like the Nazis and Communists before them, the Islamic terrorists seek a new world order with themselves in charge. Like the aforementioned authoritarian Socialist movements, the Islamic terrorists believe that they possess a superior morality, which entitles them to control others. Like their Socialist counterparts, they are moral relativists; they actually believe that they are behaving humanely and for the greater good when they kill.
The United States and other Western democracies, Leftwing propaganda notwithstanding, do not seek to dominate or convert the Islamic nations. In fact, we couldn't care less if they practice Islam or anything else, as long as they respect our sovereignty and observe a bare minimum of respect for human rights. It is the radicalized Islamic nations--Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, and others--which are arming themselves for aggressive war and aiding and abetting subversive militias abroad. They strain their resources to accomplish this goal, while their own people live in squalid conditions.
Islamic terrorists war against us not because of our wealth, not because they seek to redistribute wealth or obtain any other discernable tangible gain. They war gainst us, and kill our people, because they believe that Allah commands them to do so. They consider us to be profane not because we are Capitalists, but because we have not succumbed to their faith. They are at war with all non-Muslim states and peoples, while also warring with Muslims who don't comply with the dictates of their narrow and twisted world view, who don't bow to the yoke of Islamist authoritanianism and tyranny. Like the Nazis before them, the Islamic extremists must be utterly defeated in order to establish in the world a semblance of peace and law and order.
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