Have you ever heard your voice on tape? Were you startled by the difference in what you think you sound like, and what you hear on the tape? Have you ever regretted something you have said after taking stock of the way you speak to others? Do you sometimes examine your attitudes and find that perhaps an attitude adjustment would not be out of the question?
Here are some quotations of Osama Bin Laden’s right-hand man, Al-Zawahiri, in a recently released video tape. I have clipped these from a recent CNN article, reporting the contents of the tape.
"Bush, do you know where I am? I am among the Muslim masses, enjoying their care with God's blessings and sharing with them their holy war against you until we defeat you."
"My first message is to the butcher of Washington, Bush: You are not just defeated and lying about it, but you are, with God's help, a loser," he said. "You are bad luck to your people; you brought them disasters and catastrophes, and you will bring them even more disasters."
"The lion of Islam, Sheik Osama bin Laden, offered you a decent exit from your dilemma, but your leaders, who are keen to accumulate wealth, insist on throwing you in battles and killing your souls in Iraq and Afghanistan -- and, God willing, on your own land."
"To the American mother I say, if the defense ministry called you to tell you your son is coming back home in a coffin, remember Bush."
"To the British wife I say, if you got a call telling you your husband is coming back home with his body charred, remember Blair."
Let’s recap a little bit here. Al-Zawahiri says that he is with the Muslim masses, and they are working together to defeat us. Al-Zawahiri says that our leaders are conducting the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, because they are “keen” to accumulate wealth. Al-Zawahiri says that, God willing, they will be able to kill our souls on our own land. Al-Zawahiri taunts the mothers of fallen soldiers in America and in Britain, and tells them to blame George W. Bush and Tony Blair.
Now, if I didn’t know better, I might have thought that I was reading a speech given by our good friend Al Gore, or Howard Dean, or Dennis Kucinich, or John Kerry, or Edward Kennedy, or Cindy Sheehan, or any number of our illustrious Hollywood elite. A good rule of thumb might be, if you find yourself agreeing with the Devil, you may want to re-evaluate your position. If you think you may have boarded a bus that has been chartered by a Nazi tour guide, getting off immediately may be the best decision available. But most importantly, if you find that you are saying the same words as al-Qaeda’s number two man, you might, at the very least, just shut up.
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