Resist the new Rome
Widersteht dem neuen Rom
Extract of a message by Osama bin Laden
Auszug aus einer Botschaft von Osama bin Laden
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Resist the new Rome
By Osama bin Laden
My message is to urge jihad to repulse the grand plots hatched
against our nation, such as the occupation of Baghdad, under the
guise of the search for weapons of mass destruction, and the fierce
attempt to destroy the jihad in beloved Palestine by employing the
trick of the road map and the Geneva peace initiative.
The Americans' intentions have also become clear in statements
about the need to change the beliefs and morals of Muslims to
become more tolerant, as they put it.
In truth, this is a religious-economic war. The occupation of Iraq is a
link in the Zionist-crusader chain of evil. Then comes the full
occupation of the rest of the Gulf states to set the stage for
controlling and dominating the whole world.
For the big powers believe that the Gulf and the Gulf states are the
key to global control due to the presence of the largest oil reserves
there. The situation is serious and the misfortune momentous.
The west's occupation of our countries is old, but takes new forms.
The struggle between us and them began centuries ago, and will
continue. There can be no dialogue with occupiers except through
arms. Throughout the past century, Islamic countries have not been
liberated from occupation except through jihad. But, under the
pretext of fighting terrorism, the west today is doing its utmost to
besmirch this jihad, supported by hypocrites.
Jihad is the path, so seek it. If we seek to deter them with any
means other than Islam, we would be like our forefathers, the
Ghassanids [Arab tribes living under the Byzantine empire]. Their
leaders' concern was to be appointed kings and officers for the
Romans in order to safeguard the interests of the Romans by killing
their brothers, the peninsula's Arabs.
Such is the case of the new Ghassanids, the Arab rulers. Muslims, if
you do not punish them for their sins in Jerusalem and Iraq, they will
defeat you. They will also rob you of the land of the two holy places
Today they have robbed you of Baghdad and tomorrow they will rob
you of Riyadh unless God deems otherwise. What is the means to
stop this tremendous onslaught? Some reformers maintain that all
popular and government forces should unite to ward off this
But the question strongly raised is: are the governments in the
Islamic world capable of pursuing their duty to defend the faith and
nation and renouncing all allegiance to the United States?
The calls by some reformers are strange. They say that the path to
defending the homeland and people passes though the doors of
those western rulers. I tell those reformers: if you have an excuse for
not pursuing jihad, it does not give you the right to depend on the
unjust. God does not need your flattery of dictators.
The Gulf states proved their total inability to resist the Iraqi forces [in
1990-1]. They sought help from the crusaders, led by the United
States. These states then came to America's help and backed it in
its attack against an Arab state [Iraq in 2003].
These regimes submitted to US pressure and opened their air, land
and sea bases to contribute towards the US campaign, despite the
immense repercussions of this move. They feared that the door
would be open for bringing down dictatorial regimes by armed
forces from abroad, especially after they had seen the arrest of their
former comrade in treason and agentry to the United States
[Saddam Hussein] when it ordered him to ignite the first Gulf war
against Iran, which rebelled against it.
The war plunged the area into a maze from which they have not
emerged to this day. They are aware that their turn will come. They
do not have the will to make the decision to confront the aggression.
In short, the ruler who believes in the above-mentioned deeds
cannot defend the country. Those who support the infidels over
Muslims, and leave the blood, honour and property of their brothers
to their enemy in order to remain safe, can be expected to take the
same course against one another in the Gulf states.
Indeed, this principle is liable to be embraced within the state itself.
And in fact the rulers have started to sell out the sons of the land by
pursuing, imprisoning and killing them. This campaign has been
part of a drive to carry out US orders.
Honest people concerned about this situation should meet away
from the shadow of these oppressive regimes and declare a
general mobilisation to prepare for repulsing the raids of the
Romans, which started in Iraq and no one knows where they will
This is an edited extract of a recording believed to have been made by the al-Qaida leader, transmitted by al-Jazeera and translated by the BBC Monitoring Service
Tuesday January 6, 2004
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