Now how much would you slay?
“New Usama bin Laden Tape Slams Palestinian Negotiations, Urges Holy War for Liberation,” from the Associated Press:
CAIRO, Egypt “” Pan-Arab Al-Jazeera TV on Thursday broadcast what it described as excerpts from a new audio tape by Usama bin Laden in which the Al Qaeda leader slammed Palestinian negotiations with Israel and urged holy war for the liberation of Palestine.
In the audio excerpts broadcast by the Doha, Qatar-based television, bin Laden said that “Palestine cannot be retaken by negotiations and dialogue, but with fire and iron.”
Bin Laden also called on Palestinians who are unable to fight in the “land of Al-Quds” “” a Muslim reference to Jerusalem “” to join the Al Qaeda fight and the holy war, or jihad, in Iraq.
“The nearest field of jihad today to support our people in Palestine is the Iraqi field,” bin Laden said.
“We tell our brothers in Palestine who could not join the jihad in the land of Al-Quds, to get rid of illusions of political parties and groups which are mired in trickery of the blasphemous democracy and to take their positions among the ranks of the mujahideen in Iraq,” he said.
Such a Palestinian fight in Iraq should be “concentrated on and supported by all Muslims, specially from neighboring countries,” bin Laden added and also called on people of Syria, Lebanon Jordan and Saudi Arabia to “help in support of their mujahedeen brothers in Iraq, which is the greatest opportunity and the biggest task.” […]
The mention of by bin Laden of the Annapolis, Maryland, summit last November was the only time reference given in the audio.
“By their support, they are considered partners to this horrible crime,” bin Laden said of Arab leaders who have backed the Mideast peace talks.
“Palestine will not return to us with the negotiations by the submissive rulers, their conferences nor by demonstrations and elections,” he said. “Palestine will come back to us if we awaken from our ignorance and adhere to our religion and sacrifice our lives and means to it.”
The message was the first time bin Laden spoke of the Palestinian question at length.
He appeared to be seeking to merge the Palestinian cause into the wider Al Qaeda struggle.
“My nation,” bin Laden addressed his followers, “You have a great opportunity to regain your freedom and get out of being a follower of this Zionist-crusade alliance and to do this, you have to free yourself from the chains of humiliation thrown on us by the agents of this alliance, the rulers of our countries.”