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Originally posted by Pisky
Yes, it seems legitimate. But we already knew that Saddam praised bin Laden after the attacks. I think the comment 'The enemy of my enemy is my friend' best describes Saddam's rhetoric after 911.
The problem with considering this to be ample reason to attack Iraq this is that in other countries, even Britain, fundamental Muslims praised bin Laden's actions - yet only Afganistan (where bin Laden was believed to be hiding) and Iraq were attacked.
One morning at the nub end of Bill Clinton's presidency, Clinton chief of staff John Podesta walked into a senior staff meeting in the Roosevelt Room waving a copy of USA Today. Holding the paper aloft, Podesta read the headline out loud, "Clinton actions annoy Bush." The article detailed the new rules and Executive Orders the outgoing President was issuing in his final days, actions aimed in equal measure at locking in Clinton's legacy (in areas like environmental protection) and bedeviling his successor. "What's Bush so annoyed about?" Podesta asked with a devilish smile. "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done."
...The man responds with a thin smile and
replies to the correspondent from Al Jazeera that he will
continue to be the obsession and worry of America and the
Jews, and that even that night he will practice and work on
an exercise called ``How Do You Bomb the White House.'' And
because they know that he can get there, they have started to
go through their nightmares on their beds and the leaders
have had to wear their bulletproof vests.
Meanwhile America has started to pressure the Taliban
movement so that it would hand them Bin Ladin, while he
continues to smile and still thinks seriously, with the
seriousness of the Bedouin of the desert about the way he
will try to bomb the Pentagon after he destroys the White
House . . .
The phenomenon of Bin Ladin is a healthy phenomenon in the
Arab spirit. It is a decision and a determination that the
stolen Arab self has come to realize after it got bored with
promises of its rulers: After it disgusted itself from their
abomination and their corruption, the man (bin Laden) had to carry the
book of God and the Kalashnikov and write on some off white
paper ``If you are unable to drive off the Marines from the
Kaaba, I will do so.'' It seems that they will be going away
because the revolutionary Bin Ladin is insisting very
convincingly that he will strike America on the arm that is
already hurting. That the man will not be swayed by the plant
leaves of Whitman nor by the ``Adventures of Indiana Jones''
and will curse the
memory of Frank Sinatra every time he hears his songs. This
new awareness of the image that Bin Ladin has become gives
shape to the resting areas and stops for every Arab
It is the subject of our admiration here in
Iraq because it shares with us in a unified manner our
resisting stand, and just as he fixes his gaze on the Al Aqsa
we greet him. We hail his tears as they see the planes of the
Western world taking revenge against his heroic operations by
bombing the cities of Iraq . . .
Originally posted by Phoenix
Thanks for a very informative post Jezebel, I'm wondering what the "the man" (Bin Laden) meant with the comments, "will not be swayed by the plant leaves of Whitman" nor by the ``Adventures of Indiana Jones'' I'm going to have to chew on that for awhile.