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Ed: I can see that. Tell me more.
Osama: Saddam loyalists all ran away to fight again another day, and they have a score to settle with America. There are a few million of them, they know Saddam yet lives and he also has some scores to settle. They no longer have a state to fight for but they still have a hated enemy to defeat. A conventional army would be useless, so they are organizing in Iraqi cells. When their fight is over in Iraq next year, they are willing to go wherever enemy is, to continue fight. We have people there, training and helping them, bringing them along on small operations. We have been holding them back some, but not for much longer.
Ed: Why do you think they will have won sometime next year?
Osama: American political winds. They began stirring with last funding request. Iraqi resistance will ratchet up. American security efforts will be increasingly undermined and rank and file Iraqis will turn on them too. Non Iraqi civilian contractors will die and retreat. American military casualties will double, and then triple, until American people refuse to support their leadership in a losing proposition. If I am wrong in my understanding, we will attack America at home again, and that will be straw that breaks will of people to sacrifice further for leadership goals. The American people will find new leaders who will talk to us as we are talking now. It is an election year, no?
Ed: Why are you so focused on terrorist tactics? Isn't there another way?
Osama: Of course there is! Dialogue. Which has been rejected by America since beginning. With no dialogue, terrorism is most effective way for poor to fight rich. We just as soon kill or cripple a soldier or a pilot before he is trained, whether he is four years old or twenty. We know we are in a war that lasts for generations. Why shouldn't we reduce forces that will be fighting our children?
It is not moral question America pretends it to be. A suicide bomber is just a military pilot without a plane. Rich countries put their terrorists in latest multi- million dollar aircraft and terrorize people on ground anonymously, and fly mission after mission of terror. Martyrs use one bomb and look their victims in eyes. They do not return to attack again a few hours later. They rest. They are more honorable than sky terrorists.
Ed: I never thought of it that way.
Osama: Why would you? You have been taught all your life that way of rich is moral and ways of poor are immoral. In fact, you are secretly taught that all opposition to rich is immoral or illegal, so thought of resisting never crosses your minds.
In rich countries you are taught to live, fight and die for well concealed lies, in name of patriotism and freedom. You wised up some during Vietnam and forgot most of your lessons when it was over. You have an expression that says; those who do not learn from their mistakes are destined to repeat them. Forgetting your lessons has become a cultural identifier in West. We haven't forgotten ours and we don't repeat them. This gives us a tremendous advantage in fighting rich. We can operate on shoestring budgets and prefer it. We are your proof that money isnít everything and you will ignore that proof, as you have been taught to do.
Ed: That is not necessarily true. Americans began to question authority back in sixties. Some never stopped doing so and it is becoming fashionable among their children and grandchildren. This time there is no generation gap to take edge off truth. Whatever becomes of old America, a new America is giving birth to global consciousness that has been so lacking.
Osama: I will pray for this - that there will be no fighting among our grandchildren. I have enjoyed talking with a reasonable American. It is something I would like to do again, if you don't mind. I suspect you know enough to stay clear of our likely targets, so you can answer your phone.
Ed: Oh yes, I know where not to be for foreseeable future and I am warning others, especially those in target zones.
Osama: Keep at it. It will save a few lives and you will be blessed. I'll call again when desire strikes me. Should anything happen to me, a friend will call you.
Ed: I understand. If anything should happen to me, you will be talking to someone else. Thanks for calling. I look forward to next time.
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