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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 12:16 AM
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Bin Laden’s Reading List for Americans
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Mr. Bin Laden apparently released a new audiotape, entitled “An Address to the American People.” According to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist Web sites, on the tape, a voice claiming to be that of the Qaeda leader described three books that he says support his analysis of global politics and the systematic maltreatment of Muslims at the hands of America and her allies. Here is the blurb from hell the books’ authors will not want to see printed on their jackets above Mr. Bin Laden’s name: “After you read the suggested books, you will know the truth, and you will be greatly shocked by the scale of concealment that has been exercised on you.”

On the list:

1. “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” by Stephen M. Walt, a professor of international affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and John J. Mearsheimer, a political scientist at the University of Chicago.
2. “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” in which former President Jimmy Carter gives his views about how best to end the Arab-Israeli conflict, and criticizes Israeli treatment of Palestinians in the territories. While the voice on the tape does not mention this book by name, it calls on Americans to “read what your former president, Carter, wrote regarding Israeli racism against our people in Palestine,” in a characterization of the book that goes beyond Mr. Carter’s own language.

In his review of Mr. Carter’s book in The New York Times, Ethan Bronner wrote:

This is a strange little book about the Arab-Israeli conflict from a major public figure. It is premised on the notion that Americans too often get only one side of the story, one uncritically sympathetic to Israel, so someone with authority and knowledge needs to offer a fuller picture. Fine idea. The problem is that in this book Jimmy Carter does not do so. Instead, he simply offers a narrative that is largely unsympathetic to Israel. Israeli bad faith fills the pages. Hollow statements by Israel’s enemies are presented without comment. Broader regional developments go largely unexamined. In other words, whether or not Carter is right that most Americans have a distorted view of the conflict, his contribution is to offer a distortion of his own.

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3. The third book referred to on the tape is called “The Apology of a Hired Killer,” according to the SITE translation. The book is said to have been written by “a former CIA agent who lived in two cultures, whose conscience was awakened in his third decade and decided to say the truth despite threats.” The voice on the tape says that this author is “the best to clarify to you the causes of the eleventh,” apparently meaning the attacks of September 11, 2001. While there seems to be no book of that title and description, at least one analyst has suggested that Mr. bin Laden may have been reading “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” by John Perkins.



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http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/14/bin-ladens-...
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Eric68601 Donating Member (178 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:16 AM
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1. Really
I don't know about you guys, but I'm not reading a thing until Oprah recommends it first. :P
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:18 AM
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2. So, is Osama getting Amazon to deliver these books to his cave?
And does that mean that Amazon knows where he's been all along? :)
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:49 AM
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5. Not his cave
his grave. :evilgrin:
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:47 PM
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9. So, what, these book choices were channeled by Jennifer Love Hewitt?
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-24-09 07:22 AM
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16. Oh, you mean his "Secret Underground Lair?" LOL Tough to read when you're dead, I s'pose
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:26 AM
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3. But..but...McCain said he KNEW where Bin Laden was
and how to capture him.
A knowledge that did not extend past McCain's losing the election, a "Republican only" secret, apparently.

Oh, if only we had elected McCain. We would have bin laden too. :sarcasm:
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:46 AM
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4. Osama reads?
That makes him smarter than a large chunk of the U.S. population.

That's an interesting list. Whether or not the list came from Osama, or from what's left of al Quaeda.

Reading them might be instructive. Not that I expect the U.S. to want to read, let alone read something that OBL recommended, or something they might have to think about.

They can't be any worse than some of the right-wing screed the nation devours.

I may request Carter's book from the local library, at the very least. He certainly has more credibility with me than many. What did he say, that OBL might take an interest?
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:33 AM
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6. I Think It's Less What Was Said
than who was saying it.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:34 AM
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7. What's more important?
The content, or the source?
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:49 PM
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10. I don't need bin-laden to reccomend books for me.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:56 AM
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11. Neither do I.
I don't need anyone to recommend books for me.

I also don't criticize a book I haven't read, and I don't pass judge a book by someone else who likes it, but by the content inside the covers.

If the article, or this post, was supposed to whip up some sort of nationalistic hate by invoking the name of the U.S.' favorite devil, it didn't work for me.

Of course, it never did.

If it's about books, then they ought to be read so that they can be discussed with some validity.
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 09:58 AM
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13. Anyone Who Has Followed the Middle East
Edited on Wed Sep-23-09 09:59 AM by On the Road
has heard these observations many times, but they're either from Western "Arabists" or Muslims whose insights are dismissed because of who they are.

To hear them from a former US president and Nobel Peace Prize winner (whose party, BTW, is now in power) is far more important than simply having another book rehashing the same themes.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-24-09 07:12 AM
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14. I agree with that.
How many will demean Carter and his book because it's on bin laden's reading list?
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timtom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-24-09 08:14 AM
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18. Is that not too often the case?
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ProudToBeBlueInRhody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:11 AM
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8. Somebody should send the dickhead a copy of "The Nanny Diaries"
Maybe he'll hang himself.
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Xenotime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-24-09 08:17 AM
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19. Why do you have to be so rude?
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 08:01 AM
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12. The only thing I'd really like to read about bin-Laden...
his obituary.

The "man" is little more than a coward and reprehensible aspect of humanity.
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-24-09 07:21 AM
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15. Isn't it funny that ..
Edited on Thu Sep-24-09 07:31 AM by AsahinaKimi
Bin Laden seems to have a larger reading list then George W. Bush? Then again...
most people seem to have a larger reading list then the former pResident.

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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-24-09 07:25 AM
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17. Propaganda & Spin: WRONG on so many levels one does not know where to start.
Osama bin laden is long dead. He's only dredged up, such as within this drivel, to keep the American Populace compliant with current policy. :eyes:
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