December 27, 2004

Bin Laden Releases Tape to Boycott Iraq Elections

- Associated Press

CAIRO, Egypt - In an audiotape broadcast Monday by Al-Jazeera satellite television, a man purported to be Osama bin Laden endorsed Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi as his deputy in Iraq and called for a boycott of next month's elections there.

The voice on the tape described al-Zarqawi as the "emir," or prince, of al-Qaida in Iraq and said Muslims there should "listen to him."

The man speaking on the tape also referred to an October statement in which al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian, declared allegiance to bin Laden and changed his group's name to al-Qaida in Iraq. The speaker called that "a great step on the path of unifying all the mujahedeen in establishing the state of righteousness and ending the state of injustice."

The statements by Bin Laden show more and more his intentions on switching to a diplomat rather than a terrorist. While the key to the statement, as translated at least, is the following phrase:
a great step on the path of unifying all the mujahedeen in establishing the state of righteousness and ending the state of injustice

The state of righteousness is in fact an Islamic state, but more correctly termed as the return to the idea of Persia under Islamic rule. It would be a large area of the Middle East, actually all of it if it were true to historical standards, under one government. The government would be an Islamic rule, much like Iran is run under today.

While there have been many people who have tried to explain away Al Qaeda's long-term goals in the Middle East as nothing more than getting rid of infidels, the larger goal of Al Qaeda is in fact a reunification of the Middle East into one country. Of course that country would have to be under Islamic rule where women are stoned and beaten because they can be and where poverty will flourish because of the lack of a quality economic system in an Islamic government.

No Democracy in Iraq would make Bin Laden and his supporters happy. A Democracy puts too much power into the hands of the people. It also, in the eyes of Bin Laden, puts people on the same platform as Allah. Only an Islamic government would, somehow, make a difference between the people of a nation and Allah.

I still question why, using the above, the top leaders of a Islamic nation would not be equal with Allah, however 99.9 percent of Bin Laden's statements and actions have made no sense and contradict each other. Then again, that's the Religion of Peace for you run under the nutbags that too many seem to support.

Cross-posted at In the Bullpen

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