Thursday, August 04, 2005

This I Promise You

No, I'm not referring to the sappy love song by the now defunct pop group, 'N Sync. However, I'm referring to the love-hate relationship between al-Qaeda and the United States and its allies. Osama bin Laden's No. 2 man in al-Qaeda has threatened more destruction in London, saying that British Prime Minister Tony Blair would be to blame. In a video broadcast Thursday on Arabic-language TV station Al-Jazeera Ayman al-Zawahiri also issued a warning for the United States.
'Our message is clear - what you saw in New York and Washington (in 2001) and what you are seeing in Afghanistan and Iraq, all these are nothing compared to what you will see next. To the British, I am telling you that Blair brought you destruction in the middle of London and more will come, God willing,' he said.
He also warned the United States to 'stop stealing our oil and wealth and stop supporting corrupt rulers.' Al-Zawahiri reminded the United States and its allies of the 'hudna' (truce) that bin Laden offered last year in return for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Muslim lands.
'If you continue your politics against Muslims, you will see, God willing, such horror that you will forget the horrors of Vietnam. Didn't Osama bin Laden tell you that you would never dream of peace until we actually live it in Palestine and before all the infidel armies withdraw from the land of Mohammed? Instead (of accepting the truce), you spilled rivers of blood in our countries, and we exploded volcanoes of anger in your countries.'
He told the American people that their leaders are lying to them about the Iraq war and called for an immediate withdrawal of US forces.
'The truth that has been kept from you by (President) Bush, (Secretary of State Condoleezza) Rice and (Defense Secretary Donald) Rumsfeld is that there is no way out of Iraq without immediate withdrawal, and any delay on this means only more dead, more losses. If you don't leave today, certainly you will leave tomorrow, and after tens of thousands of dead, and double that figure in disabled and wounded.'
After watching Fahrenheit 9/11, you come to think that there might be some truth after all in what this al-Zawahiri fella is trying to say. I have to admit that the documentary did look like a political hatchet job aimed at attacking and discrediting President Bush but can we deny the facts that are stately so clearly in the movie? Of course there are those whodisagree with what Michael Moore is trying to portray in the movie and even provides a point-to-point rebuttal. Each has their own ways of connecting the dots. So, who do we follow? Who do we believe? One thing is for sure, there will be more chaos in the world.....this I promise you.

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