time of year again - the anniversary of the attack on the twin
trade towers of New York City on September 11, 2001. Regardless
of what theories you may have about the facts behind the shocking
assault, there's no disputing the fact that it happened: the buildings
collapsed and nearly 3,000 lives were lost.
after a year-long period of silence, the self-confessed perpetrator
of the attack, Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, spoke, ending
speculation that he may have died. On a blurry video tape first
shown on Al-Jazeera Television, the soft-spoken icon delivered
an address to the American people.
the media dismissed the tape as threats and propaganda, focusing
instead on appearance ('the face of evil', 'he's put on weight!',
'he's dyed his beard!') and sensationalism ('He tells America
to embrace Islam!'). The meat of the matter of his message was
ignored. Perhaps unsurprisingly, for as Osama points out during
the opening of his speech:
media during the first years of the war lost its credibility and
manifested itself as a tool of the colonialist empires, and its
condition has often been worse than the condition of the media
of the dictatorial regimes which march in the caravan of the single
unlikely that many, if any, American TV channels or popular newspapers
will present their listeners and readers with the most urgent
part of Osama's message. God forbid! It might make sense to them.
It might make even them think.
the transcribed text of Osama's address, I found much of what
he said made sense to me. After condensing and editing, this following
version of the speech might make sense to you too:
the leaders of the White House keen to start wars and wage them
around the world, and make use of every possible opportunity through
which they can reach this purpose, occasionally even creating
justifications based on deception and blatant lies, as you saw
In the Vietnam
War, the leaders of the White House claimed at the time that it
was a necessary and crucial war, and during it, Rumsfeld and his
aides murdered two million villagers. When Kennedy took over the
presidency and deviated from the general line of policy drawn
up for the White House and wanted to stop this unjust war, that
angered the owners of the major corporations who were benefiting
from its continuation.
so Kennedy was killed, and those corporations were the primary
beneficiary from his killing. The war continued after that for
approximately one decade. But after it became clear to you that
it was an unjust and unnecessary war, you made one of your greatest
mistakes, in that you neither brought to account nor punished
those who waged this war, not even the most violent of its murderers,
shows the genocide and holocausts
which took place at your hands:
only a few specimens of Red Indians
were spared, and just a few days ago,
the Japanese observed the 62nd anniversary
of the annihilation of the cities of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki by your nuclear weapons.
you claim to be innocent!
It is impossible to humor any of you
in the arrogance and indifference you show
for the lives of humans outside America,
or to humor your leaders in their lying,
as the entire world knows
they have the lion's share of that.
incredible is that Bush picked him as Secretary of Defense in
his first term after picking Cheney as his vice president, Powell
as secretary of state and Armitage as Powell's deputy, despite
their horrific and blood history of murdering humans. It was a
clear signal that his administration - the administration of the
generals - didn't have as its main concern the serving of humanity,
but rather, was interested in bringing about new massacres.
Yet, in spite of that, you permitted Bush to complete his first
term, and stranger still, chose him for a second term, which gave
him a clear mandate from you - with your full knowledge and consent
- to continue to murder our people in Iraq and Afghanistan.
the genocide and holocausts which took place at your hands: only
a few specimens of Red Indians were spared, and just a few days
ago, the Japanese observed the 62nd anniversary of the annihilation
of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by your nuclear weapons.
claim to be innocent! It is impossible to humor any of you in
the arrogance and indifference you show for the lives of humans
outside America, or to humor your leaders in their lying, as the
entire world knows they have the lion's share of that. Not taking
past war criminals to account led to them repeating that crime
of killing humanity without right and waging this unjust war in
was entirely unnecessary, as testified to by your own reports.
Among the most capable of those from your own side who speak to
you on this topic is Noam Chomsky, who spoke sober words of advice
prior to the war, but the leader of Texas doesn't like those who
give advice. The entire world came out in unprecedented demonstrations
to warn against waging the war and describe its true nature in
eloquent terms like "no to spilling red blood for black oil,"
yet he paid them no heed.
It is time
for humankind to know that talk of 'the rights of man' and 'freedom'
are lies produced by the White House and its allies in Europe
to deceive humans, take control of their destinies and subjugate
things which catch the eye of the repercussions of your unjust
war against Iraq is the failure of your democratic system, despite
it raising of the slogans of 'justice, liberty, equality and humanitarianism'.
It has not only failed to achieve these things, it has actually
destroyed these and other concepts with its weapons - especially
in Iraq and Afghanistan - in a brazen fashion, to replace them
with fear, destruction, killing, hunger, illness, displacement
and more than a million orphans in Baghdad alone, not to mention
hundreds of thousands of widows. American statistics speak of
the killing of more than 650,000 of the people of Iraq as a result
of the war and its repercussions.
America: the people of the world have recently come to know that,
after several years of the tragedies of this war, the vast majority
of you want it stopped. Thus, you elected the Democratic Party
for this purpose, but the Democrats haven't made a move worth
mentioning. On the contrary, they continue to agree to the spending
of tens of billions to continue the killing and war there, which
has led to your disappointment.
is the gist of the matter, so one should pause, think and reflect:
why have the Democrats failed to stop this war, despite them being
to this question is: they are the same reasons which led to the
failure of former president Kennedy to stop the Vietnam war. Those
with real power and influence are those with the most capital.
And since the democratic system permits major corporations to
back candidates, be they presidential or congressional, there
shouldn't be any cause for astonishment in the Democrats' failure
to stop the war.
capitalist system is rotten and unfair,
and choosing to be governed by
like Bush, Clinton or Obama will only
prolong the agony, but the alternative
need not be an authoritarian
The opposite of Corporation Capitalism
is Humanitarian Socialism - a system
based on true justice, equality and
harmony, a world where religion is
irrelevant, but where the basic law
of all faiths (acceptable even to atheists)
is the rule: "Don't treat other people in a way
you would not like them to treat you."
ones who have the saying which goes, "Money talks." After the
failure of your representatives in the Democratic Party to implement
your desire to stop the war, you can still carry anti-war placards
and spread out in the streets of major cities, then go back to
your homes, but that will be of no use and will lead to the prolonging
of the war.
It has now
become clear to you and the entire world the impotence of your
'democratic' system and how it plays with the interests of the
peoples and their blood by sacrificing soldiers and populations
to achieve the interests of the major corporations.
It has become
clear to all that they are the real tyrannical terrorists. In
fact, the life of all of mankind is in danger because of the global
warming resulting to a large degree from the emissions of the
factories of the major corporations. Despite that, the representative
of these corporations in the White House insists on not observing
the Kyoto accord, with the knowledge that the statistic speaks
of the resulting death and displacement of millions of human beings,
especially in Africa. This greatest of plagues and most dangerous
of threats to the lives of humans is taking place in an accelerating
fashion as the world is being dominated by the 'democratic' capitalist
system, which confirms its massive failure to protect humans and
their interests from the greed and avarice of the major corporations
and their representatives.
this brazen attack on the people, the leaders of the West - especially
Bush, Blair, Sarkozy and Brown - still talk about 'freedom' and
'human rights' with a flagrant disregard for the intellects of
human beings. So is there a form of terrorism stronger, clearer
and more dangerous? This is why I tell you: as you liberated yourselves
before from the slavery of monks, kings, and feudalism, you should
liberate yourselves from the deception, shackles and attrition
of the capitalist system.
If you were
to ponder it well, you would find that in the end, it is a system
harsher and fiercer than your systems in the Middle Ages. The
capitalist system seeks to turn the entire world into a fiefdom
of the major corporations under the label of "globalization" in
order to protect 'democracy'.
Afghanistan and their tragedies; the reeling of many of you under
the burden of interest-related debts, insane taxes and real estate
mortgages; global warming and its woes; and the abject poverty
and tragic hunger in Africa - all of this is but one side of the
grim face of this global system.
So it is
imperative that you free yourselves from all of that and search
for an alternative, upright methodology in which it is not the
business of any class of humanity to lay down its own laws to
its own advantage at the expense of the other classes as is the
case with you, since the essence of the laws under which you live
is that they serve the interests of those with the capital and
thus make the rich richer and the poor poorer."
his address by suggesting that Americans choose Islam as the alternative
'upright methodology' he mentioned, but I can hardly imagine the
average citizen of America bowing down five times a day in the
local mosque to pray in the direction of Mecca, stoning adulterers,
and cutting off the hands of shoplifters.
system is rotten and unfair, and choosing to be governed by corporation-grovelling
millionaires like Bush, Clinton or Obama will only prolong the
agony, but the alternative need not be an authoritarian God-fearing
Theocracy. The opposite of Corporation Capitalism is Humanitarian
Socialism - a system based on true justice, equality and harmony,
a world where religion is irrelevant, but where the basic law
of all faiths (acceptable even to atheists) is the rule: "Don't
treat other people in a way you would not like them to treat you."
Or, for those
with an inclination for the Divine, what better words than those
of Benjamin Franklin, who believed in a benevolent Deity: "The
most acceptable service to God is doing good to his other children."
Franklin was an American!
Michael Dickinson is an English teacher working in Istanbul, Turkey.
Dickinson did the cover art for two of CounterPunch's books, Dime's
Worth of Difference and Serpents in the Garden, as well as Jeffrey
St. Clair's Grand Theft Pentagon. He can be contacted via his
or at [email protected].
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