Bin Laden Threatens Americans in First Video Message in Three Years

By From The Blotter

Sep 7, 2007 3:09pm

Osama bin Laden’s rambling address includes a direct threat to the American people. There are only two options to end the war in Iraq: either end the American democratic system of government, or for insurgents, he says, "to continue to escalate the killing and fighting against you." World News Video: Watch Bin Laden’s New Video Message The al Qaeda leader refers to Democrats’ gains in the November 2006 elections, saying they "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." THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS Blotter New Videotape From Bin Laden; Al Qaeda’s No. 1 Still Alive Blotter Al Qaeda Announces New Bin Laden Video Click Here to Check Out Brian Ross Slideshows The reason, he says, is the American democracy is corrupted by the influence of money from corporations, "the true tyrannical terrorists." "[S]ince the democratic system permits major corporations to back candidates. . . there shouldn’t be any cause for astonishment. . . the Democrats’ failure to stop the war," bin Laden says. He also says that "despite the differing intentions," his interests overlap with corporations and others who perpetuate the war. Bin Laden also has harsh words for the U.S. news media, which "lost its credibility and manifested itself as a tool of the colonialist empires" with its early coverage of the Iraq war. That coverage, he says, was often worse than what was produced by news outlets under dictatorial regimes. He also mentions French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who came to power in May and at the end of June, respectively. Bin Laden does refer to the Sept. 11 attacks. He criticizes Americans for not holding "those who waged this war" accountable and for re-electing President Bush "to continue to murder our people in Iraq and Afghanistan." "Then you claim to be innocent!" he says. "The innocence of yours is like my innocence of the blood of your sons on the 9/11 — were I to claim such a thing." Bin Laden emphasized the tolerance Islamic countries have shown Jews and Christians in history, contrasting that with the Jewish holocaust and the slaughter of Native Americans in North America. Ultimately, bin Laden says, everyone should convert to Islam. This is the al Qaeda’s leader first video message since October 2004. This post has been updated.

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