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Excerpts from Laden video

Excerpts from Laden video

Author: Reuters
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: September 9, 2007
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/story/215256.html

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden said in a video issued ahead of the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks that the United States was vulnerable despite its economic and military power. Excerpts:

"Despite America being the greatest economic power and possessing the most powerful and modern military arsenal, and despite it spending on this war and its army more than the entire world spends on its armies and being the major state influencing the world's policies as if it has a monopoly on the unjust right of veto ... 19 young men were able ... to change the direction of its compass."

"People of America: the world is following your news in regards to your invasion of Iraq, for people have recently come to know that ... the vast majority of you want it stopped."

"So in answer to the question about the causes of the Democrats' failure to stop the war, I say: they are the same reasons which led to the failure of former president (John F.) Kennedy to stop the Vietnam war. Those with real power and influence are those with the most capital." "Iraq and Afghanistan ... and the reeling of many of you under the burden of interest-related debts, insane taxes and real-estate mortgages; global warming and its woes; and the abject poverty and tragic hunger in Africa: all of this is but one side of the grim face of this global system." "Despite this brazen attack on the people, the leaders of the West - especially Bush, Blair, Sarkozy and Brown still talk about freedom and human rights..."

"To conclude, I invite you to embrace Islam, for the greatest mistake one can make in this world .... is to die without surrendering to Allah."

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