Bin Laden to states: Don’t vote for Bush
Speech mistranslated by most media as threat against foreign countries.
The tape of Osama bin Laden that was aired Friday on Al-Jazeera included a specific threat to “each U.S. state,” designed to influence the outcome of Tuesday’s election, according to the Arabic translators at the prestigious Middle East Media Research Institute.
“This message was a warning to every U.S. state separately. When he [bin Laden] said, ‘Every state will be determining its own security, and will be responsible for its choice,’ it means that any U.S. state that will choose to vote for the white thug Bush as president has chosen to fight us, and we will consider it our enemy, and any state that will vote against Bush has chosen to make peace with us, and we will not characterize it as an enemy.