In the past I’ve blogged that the U.S. government’s slavish support of Israel was a reason for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and I’ve had morons tell me that I was full of it.
Hmmm. When the mastermind of 9/11 himself tells you that that was a — even the — reason, what is there to argue about?
This is from London-based Reuters, which is much more likely to report objectively on Israel than is the American-owned-and-operated Associated Press:
Dubai – Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden warned the American people over their government’s close ties with Israel in an apparently new audio tape posted on an Islamist website [today].
“The time has come for you to liberate yourselves from fear and the ideological terrorism of neo-conservatives and the Israeli lobby,” Bin Laden’s latest tape said.
“The reason for our dispute with you is your support for your ally Israel, occupying our land in Palestine.”
The message, titled “A statement to the American people,” was around 11 minutes long and was posted a few days after the eighth anniversary of the Sept 11, 2001 attacks.
Reuters was not immediately able to verify its authenticity but the website often is used by supporters of al Qaeda.
In the tape, the al Qaeda leader said there had been no real change in American policy because U.S. President Barack Obama had retained people like U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates from the administration of former President George W. Bush.
“If you think about your situation well, you will know that the White House is occupied by pressure groups,” Bin Laden said.
“Rather than fighting to liberate Iraq — as Bush claimed — it (the White House) should have been liberated.”
Analysts who study al Qaeda say the organization is under pressure from followers to strike at Israel following criticism from many Arab commentators that it has never succeeded in launching a direct attack on the Jewish state.
Increasingly frequent and belligerent mentions of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute in al Qaeda statements is an attempt to deflect such criticism, they say….
As much as I believe that the U.S. government has treated Israel, the No. 1 recipient of U.S. foreign aid, like a spoiled brat, I don’t advocate that the U.S. cut Israel off overnight.
However, for all of the American taxpayers’ dollars that flow to Israel, Israel needs to take marching orders from the United States and not vice-versa. This means that Israel doesn’t get to indiscriminately slaughter Palestinians or Lebanese or anyone else the way that the Nazis indiscriminately slaughtered the Jews.
Slaughter is slaughter, no matter who is committing it. Unfortunately, the right-wing Israelis seem to regard Arabs as animals in the same way that the Nazis regarded Jews as animals.
The Zionist grip on U.S. foreign policy has weakened at least somewhat now that the unelected Bush regime no longer is in the White House, but Bin Laden is correct that the Zionists, who contribute millions and millions of dollars to U.S. politicians, still have way too much influence in the White House and the Pentagon.
Besides Bush regime holdover Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, there is Secretary of State Billary Clinton, a huge fan of the Israel-first lobby who rakes in the Zionists’ campaign contributions.
I’ll be called anti-Semitic, but this isn’t about Judaism or the Jewish people; this is about fairness and the abuse of power by a relatively tiny group of people.
Fewer than 3 percent of Americans are Jewish, but they hold political power that is crazily disproportionate to their actual numbers, such as the fact that we have 15 U.S. senators who are Jewish and two Jewish U.S. Supreme Court justices.