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Subject: [IP] Bin Laden: Goal is to bankrupt U.S.

  • From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
  • To: ip@v2.listbox.com
  • Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2004 05:15:54 -0500



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From: Bob Frankston <rmfxixB0406@bobf.frankston.com>
Date: November 1, 2004 9:02:31 PM EST
To: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
Subject: Bin Laden: Goal is to bankrupt U.S.

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/11/01/binladen.tape/

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And he has a perfect foil. It works very well with a conservative strategy to use “tax relief”, AKA starving the government of funds so it cannot afford social programs. But that is in conflict with fighting a war – so that detail is ignored.

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From the article

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"All that we have to do is to send two mujahedeen to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al Qaeda, in order to make generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic and political losses without their achieving anything of note other than some benefits for their private corporations," bin Laden said.

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As part of the "bleed-until-bankruptcy plan," bin Laden cited a British estimate that it cost al Qaeda about $500,000 to carry out the attacks of September 11, 2001, an amount that he said paled in comparison with the costs incurred by the United States.

"Every dollar of al Qaeda defeated a million dollars, by the permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number of jobs," he said. "As for the economic deficit, it has reached record astronomical numbers estimated to total more than a trillion dollars.

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