They Hate Us
by Laurence M. Vance: Freedoms
I Wish the Military Were Defending
our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under
attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. .
. . America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest
beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world." ~ George
W. Bush, address to the nation, September 11, 2001
hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech,
our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other."
W. Bush, address to Congress, September 20, 2001
Of all the
lies of the Bush administration used to justify the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan, this one has proven to be the most enduring – and
the most wrong.
a 2004 report
on strategic communication prepared by the Defense
Science Board Task Force, "a federal advisory committee
established to provide independent advice to the secretary of defense":
direct intervention in the Muslim World has paradoxically elevated
the stature of and support for radical Islamists, while diminishing
support for the United States to single-digits in some Arab societies.
not "hate our freedom," but rather, they hate our policies.
The overwhelming majority voice their objections to what they
see as one-sided support in favor of Israel and against Palestinian
rights, and the longstanding, even increasing support for what
Muslims collectively see as tyrannies, most notably Egypt, Saudi
Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan, and the Gulf states.
in the eyes of Muslims, American occupation of Afghanistan and
Iraq has not led to democracy there, but only more chaos and suffering.
U.S. actions appear in contrast to be motivated by ulterior motives,
and deliberately controlled in order to best serve American national
interests at the expense of truly Muslim selfdetermination.
the dramatic narrative since 9/11 has essentially borne out the
entire radical Islamist bill of particulars. American actions
and the flow of events have elevated the authority of the Jihadi
insurgents and tended to ratify their legitimacy among Muslims.
Fighting groups portray themselves as the true defenders of an
Ummah (the entire Muslim community) invaded and under attack –
to broad public support.
A 2006 National
Intelligence Estimate concluded that the war in Iraq increased
the threat of terrorism rather than reduced it. "Trends in
Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States" points
out the "centrality" of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in fomenting
terrorist cells and attacks and describes how the American presence
in Iraq has helped spread radical Islam by providing a focal point
Scheuer, who headed the CIA’s bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999:
"In the long run, we're not safer because we’re still operating
on the assumption that we’re hated because of our freedoms, when
in fact we’re hated because of our actions in the Islamic world.
There’s our military presence in Islamic countries, the perception
that we control the Muslim world’s oil production, our support for
Israel and for countries that oppress Muslims such as China, Russia,
and India, and our own support for Arab tyrannies."
Bergen, who produced the first television interview with Osama
Bin Laden in 1997, says "that in all the tens of thousands
of words uttered by bin Laden, he was strangely silent about American
freedoms and values. He didn’t seem to care very much about the
beliefs of the ‘crusaders.’ His focus was invariably on U.S. foreign
policy in the Middle East."
Payne, in a review of twenty-four official pronouncements of
Osama bin Laden from 1994-2004, found that 72 percent of the content
amounted to "criticism of the United States and other Western
countries for their aggression against Muslim lands and the need
to defend against and punish this aggression." Only 1 percent
criticized American culture or the American way of life.
If we really
want to know why American is hated by terrorists, insurgents, jihadists,
militants, and Islamofascists, then we should just ask them. Actually,
we don’t even need to ask, just listen.
Listen to Osama
bin Laden, the late leader of al Qaeda. First, from his 1996
not be hidden from you that the people of Islam had suffered from
aggression, iniquity and injustice imposed on them by the Zionist-Crusaders
alliance and their collaborators; to the extent that the Muslims
blood became the cheapest and their wealth as loot in the hands
of the enemies. Their blood was spilled in Palestine and Iraq.
The horrifying pictures of the massacre of Qana, in Lebanon are
still fresh in our memory. Massacres in Tajakestan, Burma, Cashmere,
Assam, Philippine, Fatani, Ogadin, Somalia, Erithria, Chechnia
and in Bosnia-Herzegovina took place, massacres that send shivers
in the body and shake the conscience. All of this and the world
watch and hear, and not only didn’t respond to these atrocities,
but also with a clear conspiracy between the USA and its’ allies
and under the cover of the iniquitous United Nations, the dispossessed
people were even prevented from obtaining arms to defend themselves.
and the greatest of these aggressions, incurred by the Muslims
since the death of the Prophet (ALLAH’S BLESSING AND SALUTATIONS
ON HIM) is the occupation of the land of the two Holy Places –
the foundation of the house of Islam, the place of the revelation,
the source of the message and the place of the noble Ka’ba, the
Qiblah of all Muslims – by the armies of the American Crusaders
and their allies.
jihad against the US government, because the US government is
unjust, criminal and tyrannical. It has committed acts that are
extremely unjust, hideous and criminal, whether directly or through
its support of the Israeli occupation of the Prophet’s Night Travel
might take place as a result of the US government’s hitting Muslim
civilians and executing more than 600,000 Muslim children in Iraq
by preventing food and medicine from reaching them. So, the US
is responsible for any reaction, because it extended its war against
troops to civilians.
from his 1998
Peninsula has never – since God made it flat, created its desert,
and encircled it with seas – been stormed by any forces like the
crusader armies spreading in it like locusts, eating its riches
and wiping out its plantations. All this is happening at a time
in which nations are attacking Muslims like people fighting over
a plate of food. In the light of the grave situation and the lack
of support, we and you are obliged to discuss current events,
and we should all agree on how to settle the matter.
No one argues
today about three facts that are known to everyone; we will list
them, in order to remind everyone:
over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands
of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering
its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing
its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead
through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples.
If some people
have in the past argued about the fact of the occupation, all
the people of the Peninsula have now acknowledged it. The best
proof of this is the Americans’ continuing aggression against
the Iraqi people using the Peninsula as a staging post, even though
all its rulers are against their territories being used to that
end, but they are helpless.
the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist
alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed, which has
exceeded 1 million … despite all this, the Americans are once
against trying to repeat the horrific massacres, as though they
are not content with the protracted blockade imposed after the
ferocious war or the fragmentation and devastation.
So here they
come to annihilate what is left of this people and to humiliate
their Muslim neighbors.
the Americans’ aims behind these wars are religious and economic,
the aim is also to serve the Jews’ petty state and divert attention
from its occupation of Jerusalem and murder of Muslims there.
The best proof of this is their eagerness to destroy Iraq, the
strongest neighboring Arab state, and their endeavor to fragment
all the states of the region such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt,
and Sudan into paper statelets and through their disunion and
weakness to guarantee Israel’s survival and the continuation of
the brutal crusade occupation of the Peninsula.
crimes and sins committed by the Americans are a clear declaration
of war on God, his messenger, and Muslims. And ulema have throughout
Islamic history unanimously agreed that the jihad is an individual
duty if the enemy destroys the Muslim countries.
ruling to kill the Americans and their allies – civilians and
military – is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it
in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate
the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip,
and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of
Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim.
the many undocumented statements that have been attributed to bin
Laden since 9/11, I have deliberately not included any of his purported
Listen to Ramzi
Yousef, convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in 1993, and
now serving a life sentence. From his January
8, 1998, court appearance:
talking also about collective punishment and killing innocent
people to force governments to change their policies; you call
this terrorism when someone would kill innocent people or civilians
in order to force the government to change its policies. Well,
when you were the first one who invented this terrorism.
the first one who killed innocent people, and you are the first
one who introduced this type of terrorism to the history of mankind
when you dropped an atomic bomb which killed tens of thousands
of women and children in Japan and when you killed over a hundred
thousand people, most of them civilians, in Tokyo with fire bombings.
You killed them by burning them to death. And you killed civilians
in Vietnam with chemicals as with the so-called Orange agent.
You killed civilians and innocent people, not soldiers, innocent
people every single war you went. You went to wars more than any
other country in this century, and then you have the nerve to
talk about killing innocent people.
And now you
have invented new ways to kill innocent people. You have so-called
economic embargo which kills nobody other than children and elderly
people, and which other than Iraq you have been placing the economic
embargo on Cuba and other countries for over 35 years.
in its summations and opening statement said that I was a terrorist.
Yes, I am a terrorist and I am proud of it. And I support terrorism
so long as it was against the United States Government and against
Israel, because you are more than terrorists; you are the one
who invented terrorism and using it every day. You are butchers,
liars and hypocrites.
his co-conspirators (Mohammed Salameh, Nidal Ayyad, Mahmud Abouhalima,
Ahmad Ajaj, and Abdul Rahman Yasin) sent a letter
to the New York Times after the bombing that spelled out
We are, the
fifth battalion in the LIBERATION ARMY, declare our responsibility
for the explosion on the mentioned building. This action was done
in response for the American political, economical, and military
support to Israel the state of terrorism and to the rest of the
dictator countries in the region.
1 - Stop
all military, economical, and political aid to Israel.
2 - All diplomatic
relations with Israel must stop.
3 - Not to
interfere with any of the Middle East countries interior affairs.
IF our demands
are not met, all of our functional groups in the army will continue
to execute our missions against the military and civilian targets
in and out the United States. For your own information, our army
has more than hundred and fifty suicidal soldiers ready to go
ahead. The terrorism that Israel practices (Which is supported
by America) must be faced with a similar one. The dictatorship
and terrorism also supported by America) that some countries are
practicing against their own people must also be faced with terrorism.
people must know, that their civilians who got killed are not
better than those who are getting killed by the American weapons
people are responsible for the actions of their government and
they must question all of the crimes that their government is
committing against other people. Or they – Americans – will be
the targets of our operations that could diminish them.
ARMY, FIFTH BATTALION
Listen to Richard
Reid, the convicted "shoe bomber." From his 2003
to what you said about killing innocent people, I will say one
thing. Your government has killed 2 million children in Iraq.
OK? If you want to think about something, 20 against 2 million,
I don’t see no comparison. OK?
has sponsored the rape and torture of Muslims in the prisons of
Egypt and Turkey and Syria and Jordan with their money and with
their weapons. OK? I don’t know, see what I done as being equal
to rape and to torture, or to the deaths of the 2 million children
in Iraq. OK? So for this reason, I think I ought not apologize
for my actions.
I am at war
with your country. I’m at war with them not for personal reasons
but because they have murdered so many children and they have
oppressed my religion and they have oppressed people for no reason
except that they say we believe in Allah. This is the only reason
that America sponsors Egypt. It’s the only reason they sponsor
Turkey. It's the only reason they back Israel. OK?
Listen to Faisal
Shahzad, the Times Square car bomber. First, from his June
21, 2010 court appearance:
I want to
plead guilty and I’m going to plead guilty a hundred times forward
because until the hour the US pulls it forces from Iraq and Afghanistan
and stops the drone strikes in Somalia and Yemen and in Pakistan
and stops the occupation of Muslim lands and stops killing the
Muslims and stops reporting the Muslims to its government, we
will be attacking US, and I plead guilty to that.
Well, I am
part of that. I am part of the answer to the US terrorizing the
Muslim nations and the Muslim people, and on behalf of that, I’m
avenging the attacks, because only – like living in US, the Americans
only care about their people, but they don’t care about the people
elsewhere in the world when they die.
from his October
5, 2010, court appearance:
should take about five minutes to ten minutes, and I hope that
the judge and the Court will listen to me before they sentence
me. In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful,
this is but one life. If I am given a thousand lives, I will sacrifice
them all for the sake of Allah fighting this cause, defending
our lands, making the word of Allah supreme over any religion
or system. We Muslims don’t abide by human-made laws, because
they are always corrupt. And I had a firsthand experience when
on the second day of my arrest I asked for the Miranda. And the
FBI denied it to me for two weeks, effecting harm to my kids and
family, and I was forced to sign those Mirandas. The sentence
by the judge will not mean anything to me, for how can I be judged
when the Court does not understand the suffering of my people.
They don't understand my side of the story, where the Muslim life
of is no value. Therefore, the only true judgment will be on the
day of resurrection when Allah will judge between me and you as
to who is fighting for the just cause. So decree whatever you
desire to decree, for you can only decree regarding the life of
this world. The crusading U.S. and NATO forces who have occupied
the Muslim lands under the pretext of democracy and freedom for
the last nine years and are saying with their mouths that they
are fighting terrorism, I say to them, we don’t accept your democracy
nor your freedom, because we already have Sharia law and freedom.
Furthermore, brace yourselves, because the war with Muslims has
just begun. Consider me only a first droplet of the flood that
will follow me. And only this time it’s not imperial Japan or
Germany, Vietnam or Russian communism. This time it’s the war
against people who believe in the book of Allah and follow the
commandments, so this is a war against Allah. So let’s see how
you can defeat your Creator, which you can never do. Therefore,
the defeat of U.S. is imminent and will happen in the near future,
inshallah, which will only give rise to much awaited Muslim caliphate,
which is the only true world order. Soon the bailout money which
is holding your fragile economy will run out and soon you will
not be able to afford the war costs.
So, the past
nine years the war with Muslims has achieved nothing for the U.S.,
except for it has waken up the Muslims for Islam. We are only
Muslims trying to defend our, people, honor, and land. But if
you call us terrorists for doing that, then we are proud terrorists,
and we will keep on terrorizing until you leave our land and people
at peace. But if you don’t, then I remind you that we have watches
and we have time. We will defeat you with time.
Listen to Najibullah
Zazi, who pled guilty to conspiring to undertake a suicide attack
on the New York subway system. From his 2010
court appearance: "I would sacrifice myself to bring attention
to what the United States military was doing to civilians in Afghanistan
by sacrificing my soul for the sake of saving other souls."
Listen to Anwar
al-Awlaki, an American citizen living in Yemen. From his 2010
"Call to Jihad":
We the Muslims
do not have an inherent animosity towards any racial group or
ethnicity. We are not against Americans for just being Americans.
We are against evil and America as a whole has turned into a nation
of evil. What we see from America is the invasion of [inaudible]
countries, we see Abu Ghraib, Baghram and Guantanamo Bay, we see
cruise missiles and cluster bombs and we have just seen in Yemen
the death of 23 children and 17 women. We cannot stand idly in
the face of such aggression and we will fight back and incite
others to do the same.
I for one
was born in the U.S., I lived in the U.S. for 21 years. America
was my home. I was a preacher of Islam involved in non-violent
Islamic activism. However, with the American invasion of Iraq
and continued U.S. aggression against Muslims I could not reconcile
between living in the U.S. and being a Muslim.
listen to a statement from al-Qaeda’s American-born spokesman, Adam
Gadahn, released last year:
is, Barack, if you ever decide to get serious about improving
America’s security, protecting the American people and preventing
a sharp rise in the number of American casualties at home and
abroad and in the air, at sea and on land, then there are a number
of simple, sound and effective steps which you can take which
can go a long way towards achieving those goals. The Muslim Mujahideen
defending their faith and brethren against your nation’s evildoing
have repeatedly made clear these steps, but because I suspect
you have been living in the ivory tower and information vacuum
in which arrogant Washington insiders like you often live, I shall
summarize these steps here. I strongly suggest you heed and implement
them, for your own good and the good of your people.
must pull every last one of your soldiers, spies, security advisors,
trainers, attaches, contractors, robots, drones and all other
American personnel, ships and aircraft out of every Muslim land
from Afghanistan to Zanzibar.
must end all support – both moral and material – to Israel and
bar your citizens from traveling to Occupied Palestine or settling
there, and you must impose a blanket ban on American trade with
the Zionist regime and investment in it. Your security will not
be improved by empty threats like those your special envoy made
about the possible suspension of American loans, in and of itself
a largely meaningless gesture. As Shaykh Usama told you, if you
don’t heed our warnings and stop your support of Israel, we will
have no choice but to continue to use other ways to get our message
must stop all support and aid – be it military, political, economic
or otherwise – to the hated regimes of the Muslim world. This
includes the so-called "development aid" which your
secretary of state recently identified as being one of the most
important elements of future American efforts to combat the Islamic
renaissance and Jihadi awakening sweeping the Muslim world.
must cease all interference in the religion, society, politics,
economy and government of the Islamic world. This means putting
an immediate stop to the deployment of your economic hit men,
CIA jackals, Peace Corps volunteers, USAID employees, and UN-and-US-sponsored
non-governmental organizations, all of which, put together, represent
the vanguard of American interference in our region and the world.
must also put an end to all forms of American and American sponsored
interference in the educational curricula and information media
of the Muslim world, and you must end all broadcasts targeting
our region, especially those designed to alter or destroy the
faith, minds, morals and values of our Muslim people.
you must free all Muslim captives from your prisons, detention
facilities and concentration camps, regardless of whether they
have been recipients of what you call a "fair" trial or not. As
our heroic brother Abu Dujaanah al-Khorasaani told you with his
words and actions, we will never forget our prisoners.
listening or asking questions, the reaction of the United States
has been bomb first, don’t listen or ask questions, and then bomb
later – and invade, occupy, torture, maim, kill, incarcerate, rendition,
assassinate, and destroy property and infrastructure.
And as Glenn
Greenwald recently pointed out:
that victims of American violence over the last two decades have
easily outweighed, and continue to outweigh, those of the Dictators
and Terrorists whom we so vocally despise is nonetheless an extremely
important fact that should shape our understanding of 9/11.
The cry of
the Muslim masses in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere in the
Middle East was not for Islamofascism, global Islamic conquest,
a global Caliphate, the worldwide establishment of Sharia law, a
new holocaust, suicide bombers, and terrorists attacks, but for
more freedom – something they supposedly hate us for.
to be more interested in killing other Muslims than in killing Americans
who aren’t bombing and occupying their countries – just look at
the history of Sunni versus Shiite violence since Muhammad died
in 632 and a disagreement ensued over whom should be his successor.
The U.S. government
has learned absolutely nothing since 9/11. Instead of the occasion
being a time to reassess a century of bad foreign policy, it was
used as an excuse to start two wars against countries that had nothing
to do with 9/11 and accelerate the destruction of American freedoms.
And now, ten years later, the anniversary of 9/11 will be used to
lionize the police state, the warfare state, and the national security
state while justifying even more wars.
policy is an abomination in the sight of God, and I don’t mean Allah.
M. Vance [send him mail]
writes from central Florida. He is the author of Christianity
and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State, The
Revolution that Wasn't, and Rethinking
the Good War. His latest book is The
Quatercentenary of the King James Bible. Visit his
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