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"We fought you because we are free ... and want to regain freedom for our nation. As you undermine our security we undermine yours," bin Laden said.
He said he was first inspired to attack the United States by the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon in which towers and buildings in Beirut were destroyed in the siege of the capital.
"While I was looking at these destroyed towers in Lebanon, it sparked in my mind that the tyrant should be punished with the same and that we should destroy towers in America, so that it tastes what we taste and would be deterred from killing our children and women," he said.
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In 1979 "the largest covert operation in the history of the CIA" was launched in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in support of the pro-Communist government of Babrak Kamal.2:
With the active encouragement of the CIA and Pakistan's ISI [Inter Services Intelligence], who wanted to turn the Afghan jihad into a global war waged by all Muslim states against the Soviet Union, some 35,000 Muslim radicals from 40 Islamic countries joined Afghanistan's fight between 1982 and 1992. Tens of thousands more came to study in Pakistani madrasahs. Eventually more than 100,000 foreign Muslim radicals were directly influenced by the Afghan jihad.3
Originally posted by jmilici
Yes I definately understand that he could have seen this on tv or newspaper. And truthfully right know I am kicking myself in the @ss for not thinking of that. Thanks, I guess.
Originally posted by joey
I, too, found OBL's demeanor very different and very strange from his previous appearances. It appeared to be trying to be "statesmanlike". Gone was the fiery religious fanaticism. It was almost lulling in it's rhetoric. Hence, I found it very chilling. What to make of this? I don't know. But, perhaps, there's more to this tape than our knee jerk reaction that it's solely meant to influence the elections.
Originally posted by jessemole
Does it seem a little strange that Abu Musab Al Zarqawi said that he was the Godfather Of Terror sinse OBL went into futher isolation with fear of being capture on the heals of our election. That was a profound statement considering shortly after his commit, came this Tape From OBL, which he never mention anything on Abu taking his place. Is there more to this then what is being realized? I think still a message/code has been sent...