We didnt take very seriously the publicly proclaimed declaration of war on February 23,
1998, by Osamma bin Ladin and four other leaders from Egypt, Pakistan and Bangladesh
(a partial quote):
Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders (Christians)
World Islamic Front Statement
We with Allahs help call on every Muslim who believes in Allah and wishes to be
rewarded to comply with Allahs order to kill the Americans and plunder their money
wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and
soldiers to launch the raid on Satans U.S. troops and the devils supporters allying with
them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson.
Almighty Allah said, O ye who believe, give your response to Allah and His Apostle
(Muhammed) when He calleth you to that which will give you life.
September 11, 2001, all civilized nations awoke from a deep sleep of complacency and
denial. We just didnt want to believe there were millions of supporters and hundreds of
cells planted around the world which would use any means however diabolical to
carry out this declaration of war. Now we know or at least we should know.
Unbelieveably, many still seem to be complacent even after our modern Pearl Harbor
We trustingly welcomed the terrorists into our country, and they lived in our
neighborhoods, shopped at our stores and attended our schools all the while scheming
to kill us as they smiled and shook our hands. Their treacherous betrayal of our trust has
placed a horrible burden on those of their background most of whom do not share in
their fanaticism. Radical Islamic cells espousing terrorism exist around the world. They
have declared war on us. We must do no less.
If they seek to legitimize their sinister crimes by the false use of their religion, they have
accepted the greatest delusion. If they seek to rationalize their diabolical plots by
blaming US foreign policy, they must understand that no policy can justify their insane
actions even if they receive such encouragement from so-called peace marchers. They
and all who support them have declared themselves guilty for heinous offenses against
humanity, and they must face their sentence meted out by the civilized world.