dinsdag, november 26, 2002

Love Letter from Osama

A few days ago The Guardian posted the full text of Osama bin Laden's 'letter to America' which first appeared on the internet in Arabic and was since translated and circulated into English by British islamists, and according to the author, outlines "the truth" as an explanation and warning. Now, in reading this aggrandized encumbrance of historic flimflam, it is important to remember as Nietzsche wrote in On Truth and Lie in an Extra Moral Sense, "The liar uses the valid designations, the words, to make the unreal appear as real; he says, for example, "I am rich," when the word "poor" would be the correct designation of his situation. He abuses the fixed conventions by arbitrary changes or even by reversals of the names. When he does this in a self-serving way damaging to others, then society will no longer trust him but exclude him. Thereby men do not flee from being deceived as much as from being damaged by deception: what they hate at this stage is basically not the deception but the bad, hostile consequences of certain kinds of deceptions."

In his opening volley, Osama has already allowed his intended taghut readership to understand that he wishes to sell illusions and hopes for truth. He then takes us on an anfractuous caricature of the history of Palestine which, surprise,surprise, concludes that the blood "pouring" out of Palestine must be equally revenged all the while wallowing in a bromidic bouquet of "he said/she said" soft soap and debate which reaffirms and underscores his basic and unimaginative kill, baby, kill tenet.

He later explains that "It is saddening to tell you that you are the worst civilization witnessed by the history of man." Oddly enough, as though quoting from the same dictionary of Modern Morals, our own Fearless Leader Bush is quoted as stating, about Bin Laden, that he is "guilty of incredible murder, he has no conscience and no soul. He represents the worst of civilization."

So who is right? According to Bin Laden, we are the worst civilization and yet according to Bush, Osama represents the worst of civilization...If we are the worst civilization and Osama is the worst of civilization, wouldn't it calculate that either Osama must be American, or someone isn't telling the truth.

Keep track of your scorecards sportsfans. This one promises to get only more confusing.

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