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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Justice in Yemen

According to the Washington Post today;
A court in Yemen sentenced two men to death and four others to prison terms today for their roles in the suicide bombing of the USS Cole in October 2000, an attack that killed 17 U.S. sailors and injured 40 more.

These hate-filled men are receiving a very different end than they might have expected when they'd joined up with al-Qaeda. After all, Osama bin Laden had been bragging that America was nothing more than a paper tiger.

ABC News: Describe the situation when your men took down the American forces in Somalia.

OBL: After our victory in Afghanistan and the defeat of the oppressors who had killed millions of Muslims, the legend about the invincibility of the superpowers vanished. Our boys no longer viewed America as a superpower. So, when they left Afghanistan, they went to Somalia and prepared themselves carefully for a long war. They had thought that the Americans were like the Russians, so they trained and prepared. They were stunned when they discovered how low was the morale of the American soldier. America had entered with 30,000 soldiers in addition to thousands of soldiers from different countries in the world. ... As I said, our boys were shocked by the low morale of the American soldier and they realized that the American soldier was just a paper tiger. He was unable to endure the strikes that were dealt to his army, so he fled, and America had to stop all its bragging and all that noise it was making in the press after the Gulf War in which it destroyed the infrastructure and the milk and dairy industry that was vital for the infants and the children and the civilians and blew up dams which were necessary for the crops people grew to feed their families. Proud of this destruction, America assumed the titles of world leader and master of the new world order. After a few blows, it forgot all about those titles and rushed out of Somalia in shame and disgrace, dragging the bodies of its soldiers. America stopped calling itself world leader and master of the new world order, and its politicians realized that those titles were too big for them and that they were unworthy of them. I was in Sudan when this happened. I was very happy to learn of that great defeat that America suffered, so was every Muslim. ...

Presumably Osama bin Laden is today either dead or is wounded and slithering from one cave to another somewhere in the wilderness of the Pakistani-Afghan border. We might ponder if he ever wonders how America found its spine.

The same might be pondered of these terrorists in Yemen facing a death sentence and prison time. While their friends on the outside of the prison walls see the sentences meted out, they have to deal with the fact that the U.S.S. Cole continues to sail and serve the United States Navy.

"The Cole subsequently underwent repairs costing $250 million and returned to service."

Meanwhile, due to an America stirred to an aggressive response to it and a world following this newfound leadership, al Qaeda has not been able to launch another attack upon the American homeland. It is these sorts of trends effected over time; the weeks, months, years, that will lend great pressure upon Islamic radicalism to lay down their arms and seek peaceful lives after the example of a successful and sovereign and newly free Iraq.


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