Extracts from 'Bin Laden' tape
The following text formed part of a purported audio tape by the al-Qaida leader aired by al-Jazeera TV yesterday
Wednesday November 13 2002
>From the worshipper of God, Osama bin Laden, to the people of the countries that are allied with the unjust American government: the road to safety starts with stopping aggression and it is only fair to establish equal treatment.
The events since the New York and Washington raids until today - such as the killing of Germans in Tunisia and the French in Karachi, the blowing up of the French supertanker in Yemen, the killing of the Marines in the [Kuwaiti] island of Failaka, the killing of the British and Australians in Bali, the recent [hostage-taking] operation in Moscow, and other operations here and there - were only reactions based on equal treatment.
They were carried out by pious Muslims defending their religion and heeding God's orders and those of his prophet ... What [The US president, George] Bush, the Pharaoh of the time, is doing by killing Iraqis and what America's ally Israel is doing by bombing houses over the heads of elderly people, women and children using American planes should have been enough for the wise among your leaders to abandon this gang of criminals.
Our brethren in Palestine have been subjected to killings and torture for about a century. But when we defend them the world was shocked and formed a coalition against Muslims under the false banner of fighting terrorism.
What do your governments have to do with the gang of criminals in the White House? Do your governments not know the White House gang are the biggest butchers of the era? ... Why should your governments ally themselves with America?
[US secretary of defence, Donald] Rumsfeld, the butcher of Vietnam, killed two million people not to mention those wounded. What caused your governments to join America in attacking us in Afghanistan? I mention in particular Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Canada and Australia.
We had warned Australia about its participation in Afghanistan...It ignored the warning until it woke up to the sound of explosions in Bali.
If it upsets you to look at your casualties and those of your allies in Tunisia, Karachi, Moscow, Bali and Amman then remember the children killed in Palestine and Iraq every day and remember our casualties in Khost and those killed purposely in Afghan weddings. If it upsets you to look at those killed in Moscow remember those killed in Chechnya.
Until when would killing and destruction ... be our share, while security, stability and happiness are yours? This is unfair and it is high time that we stand on equal ground. As you kill you will be killed and as you bomb you will be bombed.
Here is the Muslim nation throwing its sons at you. Those who vowed to God to continue the holy struggle with words and weapons so that right prevails and wrong is destroyed as long as their hearts beat. To conclude I ask God to help us achieve victory for his religion and to continue jihad for him.