There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war.
There are the nay-sayers who continue to say that we are not at war. That we have nothing to worry about from Osama bin Laden or Al-Qaeda, or the Taliban. But I am here to say we have not been listening. And when it comes to listening my friends, if we had been listening, we would have heard it all.
This post is about Osama bin Laden’s Fatwah against Americans. I have taken this from the book “International Relations and World Politics (Security, Economy, Identity) Fourth Edition. By Paul R. Viotti and Mark V. Kauppi. The wording of it says it all. From Chapter 10:
Osama bin Laden’s Fatwah against Americans (1998)
Below are harsh words in a fatwah (or edict) issued in 1998 by Osama bin Laden, a Saudi militant whose Al Qaeda organization would be responsible for a number of terrorist attacks against American targets around the world, most notably the September 11, 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center in New York and the attack on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Some have challenged Osama’s authority to issue a fatwah, given that such edicts are customarily reserved to religious authorities. Be that as it many, the name of God (“Allah” in Ariabic) is invoked as being on the side of Muslims and against the Americans and other infidels. This extraordinary claim reminds us of the quip often attributed to Abraham Lincoln in a very different context –– that instead of questioning whether God is on one side or another, it might be better to ask whether one is on “God’s side.” The passage is obviously bereft of any such humility.
Praise be to God, who reviewed the Book, controls the clouds, defeats factionalism, and says in His Book; “But, when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, seize them, beleaguer them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)”; and peace be upon our Prophet, Muhammad….who said, “I have been sent with the sword between my hands to ensure that no one disobey my orders,: The Arabian Peninsula has never — since God made it flat, created its desert, and encircled it with seas — has stormed by any forces like the crusader armies now spreading in it like locusts, consuming its riches and destroying its plantations. All this is happening at a time when nations are attacking Muslims like people fighting over a plate of food. In the light of the grave situation and the lack of support, we and you are obliged to discuss current events, and we shall all agree on how to settle the matter.
No one argues today about three facts that are known to everyone; we will list them, in order to remind everyone:
First, over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples.
If some people have formerly debated the fact of the occupation, all the people of the Peninsula have now acknowledged it. The best proof of this is the Americans’ continuing aggression against the Iraqi people using the Peninsula as a staging post, even though all its rulers are against their territories being used to that end, still they are helpless.
Second, despite the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed, in excess of one million….Despite all this, the Americans are once again trying to repeat the horrific massacres, as though they are not content with the protracted blockage imposed after the ferocious war or the fragmentation and devastation. So now they come to annihilate what is left of this people and to humiliate their Muslim neighbors.
Third, if the Americans’ aims behind these wars are religious and economic, the aim is also to serve the Jews’ petty state and divert attention from its occupation of Jerusalem and murder of Muslims there. The best proof of this is their eagerness to destroy Iraq, the strongest neighboring Arab state, and their endeavor to fragment all the states of the region such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Sudan into paper statelets and through their disunion and weakness to guarantee Israel’s survival and continuation of the brutal crusade occupation of the Peninsula.
All these crimes and sins committed by the Americans are a clear declaration of war on God, his messenger, and Muslims. And ulema [religious authorities] have throughout Islamic history unamimously agreed that the jihad is an individual duty if the enemy destroys the Muslim countries…..
On that basis, and in compliance with God’s order, we issue the following fatwah, to all Muslims:
The ruling to kill the Americas and their allies — civilians and military — is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty God: “and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together,” and “fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith with God.”
This is in addition to the words of Almighty God: “And why should yet not fight in the cause of God and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated and oppressed — women and children, whose cry is ‘Our Lord, rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressed, and raise for us from Thee one who will help!” First off, my friends, it isn’t here in America where women and children are oppressed. It is in the Islamic nations where the oppression of women happens.
We — with God’s help — call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God’s order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever it is found. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan’s U.S. troops and the devil’s supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson.
Almighty God said: “Oh ye who believe, give your response to God and His Apostle, when He calleth you to that which will give you life. And know that God cometh between a man and his heart, and that it is He to whom ye shall all be gathered.”
Almighty God also says: “O ye who believe, what is the matter with you that when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of God, ye cling so heavily to the earth! Do ye prefer the life of this world to the hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place; but Him ye would not harm in the least for God hath power over all things.”
Almighty God also says: “So lose no heart, nor fall into despair. For ye must gain mastery if ye are true in faith.”
How hard is it to understand, that we are the ones considered the infidels. We are the ones “Marked for death” by the edict that Osama bin Laden has placed against the United States. My friends, we are at war. At war for our very freedoms and lives. And we have to stop listening to all the heathens, like Mahmoud Amadinejad and Hugo Chavez, and Osama bin Laden, who tell us that we have to be considerate of all who are aggressive against us. We have to stop listening when someone who has no consideration for the safety of the American people, tells us to keep our borders open. Because these things will do nothing but assure our death. And sadly, America is on that road right now.
I want to wish all of you out there in this great nation, and to those fighting for our freedoms, and other’s freedoms, God bless you all and happy Memorial day to you all…..from all of us here at Wise Conservatism, the blog, the videos and Blog Talk Radio.
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