by David Sisler

One of the most respected watchers of news from the Middle East is The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

In their own words, MEMRI “explores the Middle East through the region’s media. MEMRI bridges the language gap which exists between the West and the Middle East, providing timely translations of Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew media, as well as original analysis of political, ideological, intellectual, social, cultural, and religious trends in the Middle East. Founded in February 1998 to inform the debate over U.S. policy in the Middle East, MEMRI is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501 (c) 3 organization” (emphasis mine).

MEMRI translates Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew broadcasts, newspapers, and other documents into English, German, Hebrew, Italian, French, Spanish, Turkish, and Russian, and using their language skills – not political bias – interpret and analyze those media items.

Just hours before the polls opened, MEMRI gave a new translation of the tape released by Osama bin Laden on October 29 – his “October Surprise.”

The tape was a message “designed,” MEMRI said, “to influence the outcome of the upcoming election against George W. Bush”

When the original translation was released on Friday, “the U.S. media in general mistranslated the words ‘ay wilaya’ (which means ‘each U.S. state’) to mean a ‘country’ or ‘nation’ ... while in fact the threat was directed specifically at each individual U.S. state.”

In otherwords, the loathsome mastermind of the September 11 attacks on our nation has warned American voters, “If you vote for John Kerry, we will leave your state alone. If your state’s electoral votes go to President George W. Bush, your state will become a target of Al Qa’ida.

The Islamist website Al-Qal’a – according to a transcript by MEMRI – verifies my interpretation of the message: “This message was a warning to every U.S. state separately. [Osama bin Laden] means that any U.S. state that will choose to vote for the white thug Bush as president has chosen to fight us, and we will consider it our enemy, and any state that will vote against Bush has chosen to make peace with us, and we will not characterize it as an enemy.”

MEMRI said, “By this characterization, Sheikh Osama [bin Laden] wants to drive a wedge in the American body, to weaken it.”

Bin Laden, gloating at how his terrorist attacks have influenced recent European response, said, “Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or Al-Qa’ida. Your security is in your own hands, and any U.S. state that does not toy with our security automatically guarantees its own security.”

That means as the election maps turn red on Tuesday night, indicating that a particular state has voted for the re-election of President George W. Bush, it will be targeted for retribution by Osama bin Laden.

After the 9/11 attacks, America stood firm as a nation, united against the Islamic terrorists who sought – and continue to seek – to destroy our way of life. If Osama bin Laden thinks that his threats can sway the votes of Americans, and his message is obviously intended to do just that, we must stand strong against him. By our ballots we must tell him, his terrorist thugs, and their sympathizers around the world, you did not defeat us on September 11, 2001 and you will not defeat us on November 2, 2004.


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