Osama Bin Laden's transcript (from Al-Jazeera)

The transcript from Al-Jazeera is here.

Some interesting comments. In short, OBL blames American/Israeli bombing of Lebanon for being the root cause of his revenge.

Another interesting point is that he says four years have passed and the roots of the problem (Israeli/Palestinian relations) still have not changed.

He makes no comment on Saudi Arabia (most of the dead hijackers were Saudis.)

He comments that the Bush regime resembles the military-based and nepotism-based governments in his own countries and says, “Our experience with them is lengthy and both types are replete with those who are characterised by pride, arrogance, greed and misappropriation of wealth.”

Another great quote reflects OBL’s thoughts on the Patriot Act: “So he took dictatorship and suppression of freedoms to his son and they named it the Patriot Act under the pretences of fighting terrorism.” Brilliant. This is how many people in the U.S. feel.

And he comments on the fact that Bush Senior had ‘installed’ two governing sons and fraudulent voting systems: “In addition, Bush sanctioned the installing of sons as state governors and did not forget to import expertise in election fraud from the regions presidents to Florida to be made use of in moments of difficulty.” If nothing else, the guy certainly keeps up on his news.

Oddly, the piece does not give a call to action anywhere which seems a bit weird. It may be a cultural thing or else it is supposed to just hang there with the hope that people will turf Bush out of power.