Osama's been thinking lately... and, rather surprisingly, he's got some interesting things to say.
Of course, the simple fact is that nobody will approach his opinions with anything but disdain or skepticism, simply because of who he is. This is stupid and small-minded, but not surprising following this most recent election; truly, in his ignorance and nationalism, The Great Deceiver reflects the majority of Americans.
What follow are excerpts from Osama's October 2004 video, released to Al-Jazeera and translated by them. I've tried to highlight the most notable parts.
I tell you that security is an indispensable pillar of human life, and that free men do not forfeit their security, contrary to Bush's claim that we hate freedom.
No one except a dumb thief meddles with the security of others and then makes himself believe he will be secure. Thinking people, when disaster strikes, make it their priority to look for its causes, in order to prevent it happening again.
Even though we are in the fourth year after the events of September 11th, Bush is still engaged in distortion, deception and hiding from you the real causes.
As for it's results, they have been positive and enormous, and have exceeded all expectations. This is due to many factors, chief amongst them, that we have found it difficult to deal with the Bush administration in light of the resemblance it bears to the regimes in our countries, half of which are ruled by the military and the other half which are ruled by the sons of kings and presidents.
Our experience with them is lengthy, and both types are replete with those who are characterized by pride, arrogance, greed and misappropriation of wealth. This resemblance began after the visits of Bush Sr. to the region.
At a time when some of our compatriots were dazzled by America and hoping that these visits would have an effect on our countries, all of a sudden he was affected by those monarchies and military regimes, and became envious of their remaining decades in their positions, to embezzle the public wealth of the nation without supervision or accounting.
So he took dictatorship and suppression of freedoms to his son and they named it the Patriot Act, under the pretense of fighting terrorism. In addition, Bush sanctioned the installing of sons as state governors, and didn't forget to import expertise in election fraud from the region's presidents to Florida to be made use of in moments of difficulty.
All that we have mentioned has made it easy for us to provoke and bait this administration. All that we have to do is to send two Mujahideen to the furthest point East to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaida, in order to make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses without their achieving for it anything of note other than some benefits for their private companies.
This is in addition to our having experience in using guerrilla warfare and the war of attrition to fight tyrannical superpowers, as we, alongside the Mujahideen, bled Russia for ten years, until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat.
So we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy.
Those who say that al-Qaida has won against the administration in the White House or that the administration has lost in this war have not been precise, because when one scrutinizes the results, one cannot say that al-Qaida is the sole factor in achieving those spectacular gains.
Rather, the policy of the White House that demands the opening of war fronts to keep busy their various corporations - whether they be working in the field of arms or oil or reconstruction - has helped al-Qaida to achieve these enormous results.
Even more dangerous and bitter for America is that the Mujahideen recently forced Bush to resort to emergency funds to continue the fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, which is evidence of the success of the bled-until-bankruptcy plan.
It is true that this shows that al-Qaida has gained, but on the other hand, it shows that the Bush administration has also gained, something of which anyone who looks at the size of the contracts acquired by the shady Bush administration-linked mega-corporations, like Haliburton and its kind, will be convinced. And it all shows that the real loser is...YOU.
For the record, we had agreed with the Commander-General Muhammad Ataa...that all the operations (on 9/11)should be carried out within twenty minutes, before Bush and his administration notice.
It never occurred to us that the Commander-in-Chief of the American armed forces would abandon 50 000 of his citizens in the twin towers to face those great horrors alone, the time when they most needed him.
But because it seemed to him that occupying himself by talking to the little girl about the goat and its butting was more important than occupying himself with the planes and their butting of the skyscrapers, we were given three times the period required to execute the operations.
And it's no secret to you that the thinkers and perceptive ones from among the Americans warned Bush before the war and told him, "All that you want for securing America and removing the weapons of mass destruction - assuming they exist - is available to you, and the nations of the world are with you in the inspections, and it is in the interest of America that it not be thrust into an unjustified war with an unknown outcome."
But the darkness of the black gold blurred his vision and insight, and he gave priority to private interests over the public interests of America.
Your security is in your own hands. And every state that doesn't interfere with our security has automatically guaranteed its own.
So, there you have it. Straight, as it were, from the mind of Usama himself.
Given the results of our most recent election, I find it disheartening in the extreme that Osama has a more clear view of The Great Deceiver and his administration than the majority of the American people.