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Mulla Omar's VOA Interview that the US State Dept didn't want you to hear
16/10/2001 3:33 pm Tue
Mulla Omar's Voice of America Interview that the US State Dept.
didn't want you to hear (9/25/01)
Why don't you expel Osama bin Laden?
Omar: This is not an issue of Osama bin Laden. It is an issue of Islam.
Islam's prestige is at stake. So is Afghan's tradition.
Do you know that the U.S. has announced a war on terrorism?
Omar: I am considering two promises. One is the promise of God. The other
is that of Bush. The promise of God is that my land is vast. If you start
a journey on God's path, you can reside anywhere on this earth and will
be protected. . . .The promise of Bush is that there is no place on earth
where you can hide that I cannot find you. We will see which one of these
two promises is fulfilled.
But aren't you afraid for the people, yourself, the Taliban, your
Omar: Almighty God. . . .is helping the believers and the Muslims. God
says he will never be satisfied with the infidels. In terms of worldly
affairs, America is very strong. Even if it were twice as strong or twice
that, it could not be strong enough to defeat us. We are confident that
no one can harm us if God is with us.
You are telling me you are not concerned, but Afghans all over the world
Omar: We are also concerned. Great issues lie ahead. But we depend on
God's mercy. This may appear to be a moment of certainty for us, but
God's mercy is with the Muslims.
Consider our point of view: If we give Osama away today, Muslims who are
now pleading to give him up would then be reviling us for giving him up.
.. . . The very same people would be asking: Why did you sacrifice the
prestige of Islam? Why did you bring shame on Muslims? Everyone is afraid
of America and wants to please it. But let me tell you something.
Americans will not be able to prevent such acts like the one that has
just occurred because America has taken Islam hostage. America has done
that in the Islamic world and especially in the Islamic countries.
If you look at Islamic countries, the people are in despair. They are
complaining that Islam is gone. Secular law has replaced Islamic law.
If you look at Islamic countries, the people are in despair. They are complaining that Islam is gone. Secular law has replaced Islamic law.But people remain firm in their Islamic beliefs. In their pain and frustration, some of them commit suicide acts. They feel they have nothing to lose.
If the U.S. really wants to end this evil, it knows how to do it. It
should end its virtual grip on Islam. It should let go. Then it would be
relieved forever and the rest of the world can go about its business.
What do you mean by saying America has taken the Islamic world hostage?
Omar: America controls the governments of the Islamic countries. America
keeps after them until they do its bidding, but they are very distant
from their own people. The people ask to follow Islam, but the
governments do not listen. The people are powerless against their
governments because they are in the grip of the United States. In that
way, they become corrupt and ignore the people.
If someone follows the path of Islam, the government arrests him,
tortures him or kills him. This is the doing of America. If it stops
supporting those governments and lets the people deal with them, then
such things won't happen.
America has created the evil that is attacking it. The evil will not
disappear even if I die and Osama dies and others die. This is U.S.
policy. The U.S. should step back and review its policy. It should stop
trying to impose its empire on the rest of the world, especially on
In the name of humanitarian aid, Americans brought thousands of bibles to
Afghanistan and were propagating Christianity. If they dare do that here,
can you imagine what they have been doing in Arab countries? The Muslims
understand that. They also know they can't do anything about it. . . .so
they kill themselves in suicide attacks. They no longer want life on this
So it means you are not giving Osama bin Laden to the U.S.?
Omar: No. We cannot do that. If we did, it means we are not Muslims. . .
..That Islam is finished. If we were afraid of attack, we could have
surrendered him the last time we were threatened and attacked, so America
can hit us again, and this time we don't even have a friend.
Omar: No. We cannot do that. If we did, it means we are not Muslims. . . ..That Islam is finished. If we were afraid of attack, we could have surrendered him the last time we were threatened and attacked, so America can hit us again, and this time we don't even have a friend.
If you fight America with all your might, can the Taliban do that? Won't
America beat you and won't your people suffer even more?
Omar: On the surface it looks as if that is the case, but I'm very
confident that it won't turn out this way. Please note this: There is
nothing more we can do except depend on Almighty God. If a person really
depends on God, then he is assured that the Almighty will help him, have
mercy on him and he will succeed.