If this letter is indeed genuine it is a remarkable view into the mind of a deranged but, to his followers — presumably — a cogent and deeply religious man:
Q. Why are we fighting and opposing you?
A. Because you attacked us and continue to attack us.
Q. What are we calling you to, and what do we want from you?
A. The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam. The second thing we call you to, is to stop your oppression, lies, immorality and debauchery that has spread among you.
The full letter, at nearly 4000 words, contains many grievances against the Jewish-American conspiracy that bin Laden sees, replete with plenty of justifications for killing civilians in “self-defense”. Much to despise, yet also containing some truth exposing the hypocrises of the West. For example:
It is a wonder that more than 1.5 million Iraqi children have died as a result of your sanctions, and you did not show concern. Yet when 3000 of your people died, the entire world rises and has not yet sat down.
Your law is the law of the rich and wealthy people, who hold sway in their political parties, and fund their election campaigns with their gifts.
What [is happening] in Guatanamo is a historical embarrassment to America and its values, and it screams into your faces – you hypocrites, “What is the value of your signature on any agreement or treaty?”
I pick these examples because the mainstream media will of course provide all the (plentiful) ammunition contained therein to justify their continued support of the war effort as espoused by Bush, Sharon and bin Laden himself.
That is, if the mainstream (US) media report it at all.