Yesterday terrorists attacked London by bombing a bus and subway trains. Before the smoke had cleared, the blame-America-first crowd was…well, blaming America. Hugh Hewitt posted a transcription of Al Franken’s interview with Pat Oliphant. Here is a sample of the exchange:
Franken: Or have we made things worse…
Oliphant: Or have they gone in the wrong direction…
Well, it is time to review exactly what al Qaeda is demanding from the U.S. Back in November of 2002, bin Laden wrote an open letter to the U.S. Here are his demands:
(1) The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam.
(2) The second thing we call you to, is to stop your oppression, lies, immorality and debauchery that has spread among you.
(i) You are the nation who, rather than ruling by the Shariah of Allah in its Constitution and Laws, choose to invent your own laws as you will and desire.
(3) What we call you to thirdly is to take an honest stance with yourselves – and I doubt you will do so – to discover that you are a nation without principles or manners, and that the values and principles to you are something which you merely demand from others, not that which you yourself must adhere to.
(4) We also advise you to stop supporting Israel, and to end your support of the Indians in Kashmir, the Russians against the Chechens and to also cease supporting the Manila Government against the Muslims in Southern Philippines.
(5) We also advise you to pack your luggage and get out of our lands. We desire for your goodness, guidance, and righteousness, so do not force us to send you back as cargo in coffins.
(6) Sixthly, we call upon you to end your support of the corrupt leaders in our countries. Do not interfere in our politics and method of education. Leave us alone, or else expect us in New York and Washington.
(7) We also call you to deal with us and interact with us on the basis of mutual interests and benefits, rather than the policies of sub dual, theft and occupation, and not to continue your policy of supporting the Jews because this will result in more disasters for you.
If you fail to respond to all these conditions, then prepare for fight with the Islamic Nation.
According to Osama bin Laden himself, al Qaeda is fighting to spread Islam. They demand we abandon our constitution and accept Islam. Isn’t it amazing that Franken and Oliphant are suspicious of President Bush’s motives and at the same time don’t believe bin Laden when he says he hates Western culture?
Bin Laden wrote over two years ago how he hates our lifestyle and culture, and the Franken-phants thinks we are the problem. I’d like to know when the Franken-phants are going to give up their western culture and start facing east and pray?