I am moved by his opening sentiments ‘this has all been said before, the west just ignores words and only attends violence’. He’s of course right but it doesn’t have to be this way. We could listen to and try to accommodate the interest of others BEFORE frustrations over the injustices build to the point of violence. Few of us really want to be the Darth Vaders of the planet. We don’t want to send robotic killing machines around the world recruiting enemies for us. Khan’s position seems entirely reasonable, “Until we feel security, you will be our targets. And until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment and torture of my people we will not stop this fight.” Were I in his position that’s absolutely how I would feel. You?
YouTube – Mohammad Saddique Khan
The full text of the videotape of Mohammad Sidique Khan, one of the four 7 July bombers, which was aired on Arabic television channel al-Jazeera and in which he explains his motives.
I’m going to keep this short and to the point because it’s all been said before by far more eloquent people than me.
And our words have no impact upon you, therefore I’m going to talk to you in a language that you understand.
Our words are dead until we give them life with our blood.
I’m sure by now the media’s painted a suitable picture of me, this predictable propaganda machine will naturally try to put a spin on things to suit the government and to scare the masses into conforming to their power and wealth-obsessed agendas.
I and thousands like me are forsaking everything for what we believe.
Our driving motivation doesn’t come from tangible commodities that this world has to offer.
Our religion is Islam – obedience to the one true God, Allah, and following the footsteps of the final prophet and messenger Muhammad… This is how our ethical stances are dictated.
Your democratically elected governments continuously perpetuate atrocities against my people all over the world.
It is not known when the videotape, aired on 1 September, was made
And your support of them makes you directly responsible, just as I am directly responsible for protecting and avenging my Muslim brothers and sisters.
Until we feel security, you will be our targets. And until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment and torture of my people we will not stop this fight.
We are at war and I am a soldier. Now you too will taste the reality of this situation.
A second part of the tape was less clear, but he could be heard saying:
I myself, I myself, I make dua (pray) to Allah… to raise me amongst those whom I love like the prophets, the messengers, the martyrs and today’s heroes like our beloved Sheikh Osama Bin Laden, Dr Ayman al-Zawahri and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and all the other brothers and sisters that are fighting in the… of this cause.
With this I leave you to make up your own minds and I ask you to make dua to Allah almighty to accept the work from me and my brothers and enter us into gardens of paradise.