Translation by the Associated Press, (AP Photo/Al Jazeera)
Text of Osama bin Laden taped remarks, aired on Qatar's
Al-Jazeira television station after the U.S. and British strikes Sunday. The remarks, which refer to the September 11 terror
attacks on New York and Washington, appear to have been made before Sunday's strikes. The text is translated from the Arabic.
bear witness that there is no God but Allah and that Mohammad is his messenger.
There is America, hit by God in one of
its softest spots. Its greatest buildings were destroyed, thank God for that. There is America, full of fear from its north
to its south, from its west to its east. Thank God for that.
What America is tasting now is something insignificant compared
to what we have tasted for scores of years. Our nation (the Islamic world) has been tasting this humiliation and this degradation
for more than 80 years. Its sons are killed, its blood is shed, its sanctuaries are attacked, and no one hears and no one
When God blessed one of the groups of Islam, vanguards of Islam, they destroyed America. I pray to God to elevate
their status and bless them. Millions of innocent children are being killed as I speak. They are being killed in Iraq without
committing any sins, and we don't hear condemnation or a fatwa (religious decree) from the rulers. In these days, Israeli
tanks infest Palestine - in Jenin, Ramallah, Rafah, Beit Jalla, and other places in the land of Islam, and we don't hear anyone
raising his voice or moving a limb.
When the sword comes down (on America), after 80 years, hypocrisy rears its ugly head.
They deplore and they lament for those killers, who have abused the blood, honor and sanctuaries of Muslims. The least that
can be said about those people is that they are debauched. They have followed injustice. They supported the butcher over the
victim, the oppressor over the innocent child. May God show them His wrath and give them what they deserve.
I say that
the situation is clear and obvious. After this event, after the senior officials have spoken in America, starting with the
head of infidels worldwide, Bush, and those with him. They have come out in force with their men and have turned even the
countries that belong to Islam to this treachery, and they want to wag their tail at God, to fight Islam, to suppress people
in the name of terrorism.
When people at the ends of the earth, Japan, were killed by their hundreds of thousands, young
and old, it was not considered a war crime, it is something that has justification. Millions of children in Iraq is something
that has justification. But when they lose dozens of people in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam (capitals of Kenya and Tanzania,
where U.S. embassies were bombed in 1998), Iraq was struck and Afghanistan was struck. Hypocrisy stood in force behind the
head of infidels worldwide, behind the cowards of this age, America and those who are with it.
These events have divided
the whole world into two sides. The side of believers and the side of infidels, may God keep you away from them. Every Muslim
has to rush to make his religion victorious. The winds of faith have come. The winds of change have come to eradicate oppression
from the island of Muhammad, peace be upon him.
To America, I say only a few words to it and its people. I swear by God,
who has elevated the skies without pillars, neither America nor the people who live in it will dream of security before we
live it in Palestine, and not before all the infidel armies leave the land of Muhammad, peace be upon him.
God is great,
may pride be with Islam. May peace and God's mercy be upon you."