'Why We Fight America': Al-Qa'ida Spokesman Explains September
11 (WTC) and Declares Intentions to Kill 4 Million Americans
with Weapons of Mass Destruction
Al-Qa'ida spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith, originally from
Kuwait, recently posted a three-part article titled "In
the Shadow of the Lances" on the website of the Center
for Islamic Research and Studies, www.alneda.com. Following
numerous hacking attempts after the international media
reported that the site was linked to Al-Qa'ida, its address
was changed to http://22.214.171.124
Recently, the site published an article by Ayman Al-Zawahiri,
bin Laden's deputy and leader of the Egyptian Jihad organization.
However, the Saudi London-based Arabic-daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat
reported that the article had already appeared in the Al-Mujahiddeen
publication.(1) The following are excerpts from Abu Gheith's
Part I: Why We Fight the U.S.
"...Perhaps the [Islamic] nation is waiting for one
Al-Qa'ida man to come out and clear up the many questions
that accompany any communiqué, message, or picture
[concerning September 11], to know the truth, the motives,
and the goals behind the conflict with the Hubal [one of
the pre-Islamic Ka'ba idols - referring to the U.S.] of
"Why is the world surprised?! Why were millions of
people astounded by what happened to America on September
11? Did the world think that anything else would happen?
That something less than this would happen?!"
"What happened to America is something natural, an
expected event for a country that uses terror, arrogant
policy, and suppression against the nations and the peoples,
and imposes a single method, thought, and way of life, as
if the people of the entire world are clerks in its government
offices and employed by its commercial companies and institutions."
"Anyone who was surprised, and did not expect [the
events of September 11] did not [understand] the nature
of man, and the effects of oppression and tyranny on man's
emotions and feelings. They thought that oppression begets
surrender, that repression begets silence, that tyranny
only leaves humiliation. Perhaps they also thought that
this [oppressive] atmosphere is sufficient to kill man's
virility, shatter his will, and uproot his honor. These
people erred twice: once when they ignored [the consequences
of] treating man with contempt, and again when they were
unaware of man's ability to triumph."
"This goes for every man - let alone when the man
in question is of those who believe in Allah, in Islam as
a religion, and in Muhammad as Prophet and Messenger, and
anyone who knows that his religion is unwilling to allow
him to be inferior and refuses to allow him to be humiliated."
The Entire Earth Must Be Subjected to Islam
"How can [he] possibly [accept humiliation and inferiority]
when he knows that his nation was created to stand at the
center of leadership, at the center of hegemony and rule,
at the center of ability and sacrifice? How can [he] possibly
[accept humiliation and inferiority] when he knows that
the [divine] rule is that the entire earth must be subject
to the religion of Allah - not to the East, not to the West
- to no ideology and to no path except for the path of Allah?..."
"As long as this Muslim knows and believes in these
facts, he will not - even for a single moment - stop striving
to achieve it, even if it costs him his soul... his time,
his property, and his son, as it is said, 'Say [to the believers]:
If your fathers and your sons and your brethren and your
wives and your kinsfolk and the worth you have acquired
and the trade, the dullness of which you apprehend, and
the dwellings that you fancy are dearer to you than Allah
and His Messenger, and striving in His cause, then wait
until Allah issues His judgment. Allah guides not the disobedient
Part II: The Blow Against the U.S. Will Come from Where
Least Expected "...The [premises] on which we base
ourselves as an organization, and on which we base our operations
and our method of action, are practical and realistic...
They are also scientific and [in accordance with] Islamic
religious law, and they give us confidence and certainty...
In writing them and in [publicly] revealing them, I do not
intend to be apologetic for what was done; I lay [these
arguments] before you so as to emphasize that we are continuing
with our blows against the Americans and the Jews, and with
attacking them, both people and installations [so as to
stress] that what awaits the Americans will not, Allah willing,
be less than what has already happened to them. America
must prepare itself; it must go on maximum alert; ... because,
Allah willing, the blow will come from where they least
"America is the head of heresy in our modern world,
and it leads an infidel democratic regime that is based
upon separation of religion and state and on ruling the
people by the people via legislating laws that contradict
the way of Allah and permit what Allah has prohibited. This
compels the other countries to act in accordance with the
same laws in the same ways... and punishes any country [that
rebels against these laws] by besieging it, and then by
boycotting it. By so doing, [America] seeks to impose on
the world a religion that is not Allah's..." "America,
with the collaboration of the Jews, is the leader of corruption
and the breakdown [of values], whether moral, ideological,
political, or economic corruption. It disseminates abomination
and licentiousness among the people via the cheap media
and the vile curricula."
"America is the reason for all oppression, injustice,
licentiousness, or suppression that is the Muslims' lot.
It stands behind all the disasters that were caused and
are still being caused to the Muslims; it is immersed in
the blood of Muslims and cannot hide this."
"For 50 years in Palestine, the Jews - with the blessing
and support of the Americans - carried out abominations
of murder, suppression, abuse, and exile... The Jews exiled
nearly 5 million Palestinians and killed nearly 260,000.
They wounded nearly 180,000, and crippled nearly 160,000."
"Due to the American bombings and siege of Iraq, more
than 1,200,000 Muslims were killed in the past decade. Due
to the siege, over a million children are killed [annually]
- that is 83,333 children on average per month, 2,777 children
on average per day. 5,000 Iraqis were killed in one day
in the Al-'Amiriya shelter alone. Are these statistics of
"In its war against the Taliban and Al-Qa'ida in Afghanistan,
America has killed 12,000 Afghan civilians and 350 Arab
Jihad fighters, among them women and children. It annihilated
entire families from among the Arab Jihad fighters while
they were in their cars, when the American Air Force bombed
[them] with helicopters and anti-tank missiles, until nothing
remained of some of them except scattered body parts."
"In Somalia, America killed 13,000 Somalis and [its
soldiers] carried out acts of abomination on [Somali] boys
and women." Muslims Have Suffered from the U.S.'s Standing
with Christians "America's standing with the Christians
of the world against the Muslims has stripped the camouflage
from its face. Much can be said about this regarding the
Sudan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Kashmir, Macedonia, Bosnia,
and other tragedies. America's siege on the Islamic countries
as punishment for their rebellion against its laws has transgressed
all limits, and Muslims have suffered economic losses that
outstrip the imagination."
"After all this, is it forbidden for a victim to escape
when he is tied and brought to the slaughterhouse?!! Is
he not entitled, while he is being slaughtered, to stamp
"After all this, some [Arab regimes] shed crocodile
tears for what happened to the country of heresy [America],
and tried to exonerate Islam from what happened to [America]
and asked the country of heresy to treat the Muslims sensitively
and gently, and sent messengers and broadcasters to the
Jihad fighters with a request to stop fighting Hubal [i.e.
meaning the U.S.]. Do they really think we would do this?!"
"No, by Allah. They [the Arab regimes] have turned
their back on us and we have turned our back on them ...
We would have no honor if we did not avenge the blood of
our brothers in Palestine, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and
"... The banner is being waved openly, and now there
is 'only a trench of belief' and 'a trench of heresy.'"
Part III: The Islamic Justification for Al-Qa'ida's Jihad
Against the U.S. "The religious arguments on which
we base ourselves in our Jihad against the Americans - the
explanations that inspire us with confidence in the triumph
of our religion, our belief, and our faith - are many, and
this is not the place to enumerate them, as they are included
in the books of the sages."
"No one disagrees with these explanations, except
he who lives [in] fear ... he who asks for shelter, thinking
that he has distanced himself from evil ... or he who kneels
as a doorman before the doors of the tyrants to gain a position,
advancement, or a gift!!"
"These people have not, Allah be praised, dissuaded
us, not even for a single day, from continuing in our path,
from our Jihad, and from our mission. Allah willing, they
will not prevent us [in the future]."
"In this article I will present one explanation that
suffices [to wage] Jihad against the Americans, the Jews,
and anyone who has gone in their path..."
"Allah said, 'He who attacked you, attack him as he
attacked you,' and also, 'The reward of evil is a similar
evil,' and also, 'When you are punished, punish as you have
"The words of the sages on these verses are clear:
Ibn Taimiyya [in his book] Al Ikhtiyarat Wa-Al-Fatawi; Ibn
Al-Qayim in I'lam Al-Muqi'in and in Al-Hashiya; Al-Qurtubi
in his Tafsir, Al-Nawawi in Al-Muhazab; Al-Shukani in Nayl
Al-Awtar; and others, may Allah's mercy be upon them."
"Anyone who peruses these sources reaches a single
conclusion: The sages have agreed that the reciprocal punishment
to which the verses referred is not limited to a specific
instance. It is a valid rule for punishments for infidels,
for the licentious Muslims, and for the oppressors."
Islamic Law Allows
Reciprocation against the U.S. "If by religious law
it is permitted to punish a Muslim [for the crime he committed]
- it is all the more permitted to punish a Harbi infidel
[i.e. he who belongs to Dar Al-Harb 'the domain of disbelief']
in the same way he treated the Muslim."
"According to the numbers I noted in the previous
section of the lives lost from among the Muslims because
of the Americans, directly or indirectly, we still are at
the beginning of the way. The Americans have still not tasted
from our hands what we have tasted from theirs. The [number
of] killed in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were
no more than fair exchange for the ones killed in the Al-'Amiriya
shelter in Iraq, and are but a tiny part of the exchange
for those killed in Palestine, Somalia, Sudan, the Philippines,
Bosnia, Kashmir, Chechnya, and Afghanistan." We Have
the Right to Kill 4 Million Americans "We have not
reached parity with them. We have the right to kill 4 million
Americans - 2 million of them children - and to exile twice
as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands. Furthermore,
it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological
weapons, so as to afflict them with the fatal maladies that
have afflicted the Muslims because of the [Americans'] chemical
and biological weapons."
"America knows only the language of force. This is
the only way to stop it and make it take its hands off the
Muslims and their affairs. America does not know the language
of dialogue!! Or the language of peaceful coexistence!!
America is kept at bay by blood alone..." Endnotes:
(1) Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), June 7, 2002. (2) Koran