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Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden Paperback – November 17, 2005
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“Expertly edited.”—Boyd Tonkin, Independent
“Western media have made no consistent effort to publish bin Laden’s statements, thereby failing to give their audience the words that put his thoughts and actions in cultural and historical context ... Bin Laden has been precise in telling America the reasons he is waging war on us. None of the reasons have anything to do with our freedom, liberty and democracy, but have everything to do with US policies and actions in the Muslim world.”—Michael Scheuer
“Despite the religious rhetoric and the bloody means, bin Laden is a rational man. There is a simple reason why he attacked the US: American imperialism. As long as America seeks to control the Middle East, he and people like him will be its enemy.”—Michael Mann
“This vital collection of Bin Laden’s statements ... provides an invaluable insight into his thinking by bringing his disparate pronouncements within a single set of covers.”—Malise Ruthven, Sunday Times
“Here, with a shrewd, scholarly introduction from Bruce Lawrence, is the complete bin Laden reader.”—Peter Preston, Observer
“Collectively, these messages are the closest we will ever have to the terrorist leader’s Mein Kampf.”—Mary Braid, Independent on Sunday
“The first complete collection of the Saudi’s statements published today portrays a world in which Islam’s enemies will take the first steps towards salvation by embracing the ‘religion of all the Prophets.’”—Daily Telegraph
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Lawrence also helps one to understand why bin Laden is a heroic figure for millions of Muslims, including many with no sympathy for terrorism. This is based not just on his success in eluding Americans and their allies, but because his personal reputation for probity, austerity, dignity, and courage - contrasting starkly with the mismanagement, lavishness, and arrogance of most Arab regimes.
Bin Laden points out that his terrorism acts are only retaliation, and that the West has killed far larger numbers in the region within living memory - poison gas and strafing of Iraqi villages by Britain in the 1920s, crushing the Palestinian uprising of the 1930s, France's colonial war in algeria in the 1950s-60s, and deaths through malnutrition and disease of Iraqi children in the 1990s due to the U.N. sanctions. Bin Laden estimates 1.5 million were killed in the preceding - Lawrence estimates it as 300,000.
Bin Laden began his massive undertaking against the U.S. after seeing the mujahidin victory over the Red Army in Afghanistan, and the withdrawal of American forces from Somalia in '93. Unfortunately, bin Laden greatly underestimated the special circumstances associated with both - the U.S. and Pakistani support in Afghanistan, and the inconsequentialness of the U.S. landings in Somalia.
Bin Laden on 9/11 (10/21 interview): ". . . they have done this . . .Read more ›
In order to understand the "War on Terror" environment in which we currently live, it is imperative to understand the rhetoric of both sides. Regardless of which viewpoint one supports, it is important to know exactly what the other side is fighting for. This knowledge is abundant on the non-terrorist side, but has so far been available on the terrorist side purely through analyses by expert commentators. Thus, being able to read the actual words of the major ideologue of world terrorism at the moment is a considerable boon.
I say "ideologue" for very good reason. As these statements and their accompanying (and copious) notes and introductions demonstrate, there is a distinct ideology involved in this movement. It may be an ideology directed against everything the West holds dear, but it is an ideology nonetheless. Osama bin Laden has clearly thought about a great many issues prior to initiating the campaigns of violence he has.
As case in point, the significance of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is often debated by academics and policymakers: Is it central to the globalisation of terrorism, or is it merely a convenient justification to use when asked? As even the earliest statements here demonstrate, this is a key plank in al-Qa'ida's ideology - perhaps even more so than many writers have realised.Read more ›
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Don't be afraid to buy this book. We all need to learn why we are hated and what better way than straight from the people who hate us. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Debra B.
Somebody left this a one star review, asking if it's "morally right" to publish a book like this. What a dumb question, of course it is morally right. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steven Rider
As I was reading this book there was alot of mixed feelings over the statements Osama Bin Laden was making. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michelle Contreras
Allied officers in ww2 were expected to read Mein Kampf in an effort to "know thy enemy". Unfortunately, the same effort has not been applied to the war on terror and this... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dennis Reider
As in the description about the book. I am totally satisfied. A used library book that was cared for. No marks. No writing.
Now all I need to do is read it
Product arrived on time and as advertised. It is important to use primary sources when studying a subject.Published 18 months ago by aslamtu
If you want to know what Usama bin Laden has said....check this book out. great book for students of counterterrorism.Published on July 12, 2013 by Jamie Michael Norris
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