Four days before the invasion of Afghanistan by the US and Coalition troops, just 22 days after the 9/11/01 al-Qaida attacks on the US, Osama bin Laden on October 3rd, 2001 sent a letter to Taliban leader Mullah Omar (as published in the Atlantic):
"Keep in mind that America is currently facing two contradictory problems:
1. If it refrains from responding to jihad operations, its prestige willcollapse, thus forcing it to withdraw its troops abroad and restrict itself to U.S. internal affairs. This will transform it from a major power to a third-rate power, similar to Russia.
2. On the other hand, a campaign against Afghanistan will impose great long-term economic burdens, leading to further economic collapse, which will force America, God willing, to resort to the former Soviet Union's only option: withdrawal from Afghanistan, disintegration, and contraction.
Thus our plan in the face of this campaign should focus on the following:
1. Serving a blow to the American economy, which will lead to:
a. Further weakening of the American economy shaking the confidence in the American economy.
b. This will lead investors to refrain from investing in America or participating in American companies, thus accelerating the fall of the American economy ...
2. Conduct a media campaign to fight the enemy's publicity. The campaign should focus on the following important points:
a. Attempt to cause a rift between the American people and their government, by
demonstrating the following to Americans:
i. That the U.S. government will lead them into further losses of money and lives.
ii. That the government is sacrificing the people to serve the interests of the rich, particularly the Jews.
iii. That the government is leading them to the war front to protect Israel and its security.
iv. America should withdraw from the current battle between Muslims and Jews.
b. This plan aims to create pressure from the American people on their government to stop its campaign against Afghanistan, on the grounds that the campaign will cause major losses to the American people.
3. Imply that the campaign against Afghanistan will be responded to with revenge blows against America. "
Though this strategy letter refers specifically to Afghanistan, it is important to realize it can and does involve any place Islam meets Western infidels. In the totality of the war envisioned by al-Qaida and bin Ladin, Afghanistan is not a defeat, but rather a victory because they are tying up Western forces for the long term. These Western troops therefore cannot be used in other places - force the enemy to divide his forces, then destroy them piecemeal.
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