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BIN LADEN'S 1996 FATWA
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| Osama Bin Laden
Posted on 03/28/2004 9:54:36 PM PST by commonsenseaintsocommon
But your most disgraceful case was in Somalia; where- after vigorous propaganda about the power of the USA and its post cold war leadership of the new world order- you moved tens of thousands of international force, including twenty eight thousands American solders into Somalia. However, when tens of your solders were killed in minor battles and one American Pilot was dragged in the streets of Mogadishu you left the area carrying disappointment, humiliation, defeat and your dead with you. Clinton appeared in front of the whole world threatening and promising revenge , but these threats were merely a preparation for withdrawal. You have been disgraced by Allah and you withdrew; the extent of your impotence and weaknesses became very clear. It was a pleasure for the "heart" of every Muslim and a remedy to the "chests" of believing nations to see you defeated in the three Islamic cities of Beirut , Aden and Mogadishu.
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KEYWORDS: 1996; binladen; defense; homelandsecurity; pbs; presidentclinton; terrorism; x42
Clinton, the enabler!
posted on 03/28/2004 9:57:48 PM PST
(S. H. in APOland)
Fantastic. Thanks for posting a Golden Oldie tonight! On another thread, I posted the following when someone argued that re-electing Bush 41 in 1992 might not have changed the path which brought us 9/11
>>>But the question of intrigue is would the approach to protecting against terrorism been any different up to and until the event of Sept. 11, 2001 with another President in place? My opinion is I doubt it would have changed drastically..... I think it took the event to shake the changes that are being implemented.<<<
I wish to disagree slightly with this assessment. I think the seminal event that told al Q'aeda that they could get away with hitting the US hard and not being attacked back was the Blackhawk Down embarrassment in Mogadishu. Now, if Bush were President, two things would have been true:
1)The soldiers would have gotten more back up.
2)Even if such an embarrassment occured, we would not have pulled out of Somalia with our tails between our legs.
The feeling amongst Bin Laden and others was that the US was soft and could be hit hard. They wouldn't respond in a way that would end the terror networks for good. That perception of our country would have been different had we fought harder in Somalia after the Mogadishu incident. I think George H.W. Bush would have been more aggressive in this manner than Clinton was which could have changed the whole atmosphere in the world of the terrorists.
Like you write, though, it is just speculation.
posted on 03/28/2004 10:04:19 PM PST
posted on 03/28/2004 10:11:59 PM PST
Clinton appeared in front of the whole world threatening and promising revenge , but these threats were merely a preparation for withdrawal
This is probably what Clarke means about Clinton being very serious about terrorism.
posted on 03/28/2004 10:23:24 PM PST
Why Clinton didn't declare all out war on Al Qaeda right then and there is beyond me... well, it's really not, but you get what I am saying... ugh...
posted on 03/28/2004 10:49:18 PM PST
posted on 03/28/2004 10:52:08 PM PST
BTTT is "Back to the top". It's a post that returns the article to the top of the "messages" listing. It's used when Freepers find an article important and interesting...but, don't have time to comment..or anything to add.
The terrorists wanted credit for their deeds, and a reaction. Clinton didn't give them one. They upped the ante each time, and finally hit us hard on 911. They don't like being ignored it appears, and Clinton for all intents and purposes ignored them.
posted on 03/29/2004 4:11:57 PM PST
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