In his new videotaped message in which he addressed the American people directly, Osama bin Laden inadvertently gives Americans the roadmap to peace and security: Become more like Sweden.
Bush Junior and all the Empire's propagandists want Americans to believe that Osama and Moslems hate Western civilization so much that it does not matter what we do, they will still want to destroy us.
Osama says Not True. He points out "Security is an important foundation of human life and free people do not squander their security." Then he asks his rebuttal-cum-question. "Contrary to Bush's claims that we hate freedom, let him tell us why we did not attack Sweden for example."
Good question. After all, Sweden is as secular, permissive, and democratic as any Western society gets. And a "weak" and "easy" target at that. So why hasn't it been a target?
But the Swedes are smart. They gave up empire long ago. And realized that they can live in more prosperity and a lot more peace if they'd just stick to their own business. If they would just adhere to a wise foreign policy of scrupulous neutrality. If they would make friends and influence peoples by giving generously in foreign economic aid. And it works. Sweden is an idyllic haven and oasis of peace and prosperity.
Yes, there is a way out. And it's by changing U.S. foreign policy from blatantly imperial to one like Sweden. It's by pulling out of Iraq immediately. And by being a fair and evehanded broker between the Israelis and the Palestinians and bringing about a real lasting peace which the two peoples deserve. And which world stability demands.
Doing the above will pull the rug from under Osama. He'll be rebel without a cause. Rebel without recruits.
No, it's not true that Americans have no choice but ruinous protracted war. A war without end. A war that could be a new Hundred Years War. No, it's not true that we need to hitch our futures to the new "crusade" against Islam by Bush Junior and his core support, the Religious Right. As this new "crusade" is already well on its way to ending like the medieval ones. In disaster.
In one fell stroke, Americans can live in peace and prosperity once more. Just change foreign policy. Shut down Empire, which is in rigor mortis anyway. And be more like Sweden.
Elixxir has written many times before on how the U.S. should become more like Sweden. In his ImmorTalist Manifesto and other writings. And to prevent more 9/11s is a damn good reason.
This is what an ImmorTalist Government will do. And it's the foundation for the American people to enjoy real prosperity and real national security.
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The New York Times > Transcript of Al Jazeera Tape
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