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October 11, 2004

Thank God Our Leaders Are Completely Different From Osama Bin Laden

Okay, our leaders may be a little like Saddam Hussein. But at least they're completely different from a madman like Osama bin Laden.

HAMID MIR: In your statement of Oct 7, you expressed satisfaction over the Sept 11 attacks, although a large number of innocent people perished in them, hundreds among them were Muslims. Can you justify the killing of innocent men in the light of Islamic teachings?
OBL: This is a major point in jurisprudence... The American people should remember that they pay taxes to their government, they elect their president, their government manufactures arms and gives them to Israel and Israel uses them to massacre Palestinians. The American Congress endorses all government measures and this proves that the entire America is responsible for the atrocities perpetrated against Muslims. The entire America, because they elect the Congress.

-- Osama bin Laden, November 7, 2001

Among the justifications offered now, particularly by the Air Force in recent briefings, is that Iraqi civilians were not blameless for Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait. "The definition of innocents gets to be a little bit unclear,” said a senior Air Force officer, noting that many Iraqis supported the invasion of Kuwait. “They do live there, and ultimately the people have some control over what goes on in their country.”

-- Washington Post, June 23, 1991

OBL: ... if an enemy occupies a Muslim territory and uses common people as human shield, then it is permitted to attack that enemy. For instance, if bandits barge into a home and hold a child hostage, then the child's father can attack the bandits and in that attack even the child may get hurt.

-- Osama bin Laden, November 7, 2001

American and coalition forces have begun a concerted campaign against the regime of Saddam Hussein... In this conflict, American and coalition forces face enemies who have no regard for the conventions of war or rules of morality. Iraqi officials have placed troops and equipment in civilian areas, attempting to use innocent men, women and children as shields for the dictator's army. I want Americans and all the world to know that coalition forces will make every effort to spare innocent civilians from harm.

-- George Bush, March 23, 2003

Posted at October 11, 2004 07:26 PM | TrackBack

Compare the words of KHOMANIEE of Islamic Republic and GEOERGE W. BUSH .

In many ways their talk can strongly suggest that they are twins separated at birth or have the same speech writer

Posted by: ordybehesht at October 12, 2004 02:55 PM

What silly leftist rubbish. Everyone KNOWS that Osama bin Laden attacked the US because "he can't stand freedom".

George told us so. It must be true.


Posted by: James J. Dominguez at October 12, 2004 05:39 PM


The amazing thing is how almost all leaders are alike, whether they run (quasi-)democracies or theocracies or dictatorships. I've come to believe that while our leaders try to divide us and make us hate each other, the leaders themselves are the real enemies of everyone else.

James J. Dominguez,

Right after the terrorist attacks here I remember Bush saying that, and wondering: if they hate democracy so much, shouldn't they be attacking Sweden?

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at October 12, 2004 09:25 PM

OBL is not a good man. Having said that..Our leaders are better than OBL? you think? let's look at the facts shall we:

Did OBL kill 40,000 innocent civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq and then say it's to liberate those countires and their people? yeah, to liberate them from their diginity.

Did OBL send thousands of his lieutenants to kill and be killed by tricking them and lying to them over 1,219 soldiers and 78 American civilians have been killed for a lie, they have been killed really to protect Israel?

OBL says what he did and why he did it. We hear nothing but lies from our leaders.

DID OBL defame our country and shit on the dignity of this great country and made it the most hated in the world?

NO, NO NO!!!

Posted by: Mike Gearhart at October 13, 2004 02:56 PM

There's also some nifty quotes in the NYT story by Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt on October 12, page A14 in my edition. The blogs "Empire Notes" and "Body and Soul" have some nice quotes and commentary. Briefly put, Pentagon officials think civilian deaths from American air raids have a positive side to them, if it pressures Fallujans into turning against Zarqawi.

Posted by: Donald Johnson at October 13, 2004 03:03 PM