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Sunday, August 23, 1998; Page A24

Following are statements by Osama bin Laden in which he describes his attitudes toward the United States and calls for actions against the nation and its citizens:

"Despite the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed, in excess of 1 million . . . despite all this, the Americans are once again trying to repeat the horrific massacres, as though they are not content with the protracted blockade imposed after the furious war or the fragmentation and devastation. ... If 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.
– From what alleged terrorist Osama bin Laden called a fatwa, or religious order, he issued in February calling on Muslims to kill U.S. military personnel and civilians.

"We believe that the biggest thieves in the world are Americans and the biggest terrorists on earth are the Americans."
– Bin Laden on ABC's Nightline, June 10, 1998

"I have benefited so greatly from the jihad in Afghanistan that it would have been impossible for me to gain such a benefit from any other chance and this cannot be measured by tens of years but rather more than that. Praise and gratitude be to God. We saw the brutality of the Russians bombing Mujaheddins' positions, by grace of God, we dug a good number of huge tunnels and built in them some storage places and in some others we built a hospital. So our experience in this jihad was great, by the grace of God, praise and glory be to Him, and the most of what we benefited from was that the myth of the superpower was destroyed not only in my mind but also in the minds of all Muslims. Slumber and fatigue vanished and so was the terror which the U.S. would use in its media by attributing itself superpower status or which the Soviet Union used by attributing itself as a superpower.
– Bin Laden on CNN, March 1997

"The ordinary man knows that [Saudi Arabia] is the largest oil producer in the world, yet at the same time he is suffering from taxes and bad services. Now the people understand the speeches of the ulemas in the mosques – that our country has become an American colony. They act decisively with every action to kick the Americans out of Saudi Arabia. What happened in Riyadh and [Dhahran] when 24 Americans were killed in two bombings is clear evidence of the huge anger of Saudi people against America. The Saudis now know their real enemy is America."
– Bin Laden in The Independent (London) July 10, 1996

"In our religion, there is a special place in the hereafter for those who participate in jihad."
– Bin Laden in Time magazine May 6, 1996

"I would rather die than settle in any European state. But some Arab governments spread such rumors to discredit me. It is better for Muslims not to settle in non-Muslim societies. And it is not true that I contemplated going to London or obtaining a visa. The purpose of such rumors is to tarnish [my reputation] and they were spread by servile publications which are unworthy of being challenged by name."
– Bin Laden in al-Quds al-Arabi, Nov. 27, 1996

"As for their accusations of terrorizing the innocent, the children, and the women, these are in the category of 'accusing others with their own affliction in order to fool the masses.' The evidence overwhelmingly shows America and Israel killing the weaker men, women and children in the Muslim world and elsewhere. A few examples of this are seen in the recent Qana massacre in Lebanon, and the death of more than 600,000 Iraqi children because of the shortage of food and medicine which resulted from the boycotts and sanctions against the Muslim Iraqi people, also their withholding of arms from the Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina leaving them prey to the Christian Serbians who massacred and raped in a manner not seen in contemporary history. Not to forget the dropping of the H-bombs on cities with their entire populations of children, elderly, and women, on purpose, and in a premeditated manner as was the case with Hiroshima and Nagasaki."
– Bin Laden in Nida'ul Islam magazine October-November 1996

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