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Monday, November 01, 2004

Did Bin Laden threaten the Red states?

This Memri Translation is interesting.

The U.S. media in general mistranslated the words "ay wilaya" (which means "each U.S. state")(2) to mean a "country" or "nation" other than the U.S., while in fact the threat was directed specifically at each individual U.S. state. This suggests some knowledge by bin Laden of the U.S. electoral college system. In a section of his speech in which he harshly criticized George W. Bush, bin Laden stated: "Any U.S. state that does not toy with our security automatically guarantees its own security." The Islamist website Al-Qal'a explained what this sentence meant: "This message was a warning to every U.S. state separately. When he [Osama Bin Laden] said, 'Every state will be determining its own security, and will be responsible for its choice,' it means that any U.S. state that will choose to vote for the white thug Bush as president has chosen to fight us, and we will consider it our enemy, and any state that will vote against Bush has chosen to make peace with us, and we will not characterize it as an enemy.
Obviously I am not an Arabic speaker, so I cannot comment on this translations accuaracy. However, given the nature of the red states, I do not think that threatening them is a good way to get them to do what you want.


Blogger Cubicle said...

did you know that there is one gun for every single man woman and child in america.

Most of those guns are in red states. Also if a terrorist attack were to happen i could proably get a real nice deal of a nice terrorist killing kind of weapon.

Bad idea to attack a red state, he should reall stick with the blue ones.

11/01/2004 07:15:00 PM  

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