Bin Laden is a hero for certain Arab-Americans

The Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memri.org) has translated an article from the London Arabic-language daily "Al-Quds".

In this article, Muhammad Salameh, a resident of California, is proud to say his heroes are all of the Muslims currently fighting Jihad (holy war) in Afghanistan and the West Bank and Gaza. For this Arab-American, 'Bin Laden is his hero of this generation'.

Anyone who rises up against American arrogance and tyranny and causes the Americans fear and trembling are also heroes, in the eyes of some."

"Sheikh Osama bin Laden, who preferred Jihad and life in the mountains and caves to the pleasures of [this] transitory world… although he is a wealthy man, the son of wealthy men – is one of our noble heroes whom history and generations to come will recognize as restoring honor to this [Islamic] nation. No one can monopolize history or distort the truth all the time. It is my right as an Arab and a Muslim to choose my hero, as the Americans choose theirs."

"Therefore I say to them, in the loudest possible voice, that Osama bin Laden is my hero of this generation."

"Muhammad Amin Salameh, California." (1)

I copy the full transaltion below.





Arab-American: "Osama Bin Laden is My Hero"
Memri.org Special Dispatch Series - No. 398 - July 09, 2002
http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD39802

The London Arabic-language daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi published a letter to the editor signed by a California resident, Muhammad Amin Salameh, under the headline "If the Americans Have Their Heroes, We Have Ours." The letter read:

"To the Editor: Blessings,"

"Those Americans and others whom most of the peoples of the world consider war criminals, movies have been made about them… works written about them, celebrations and symposia have been held in their memory, and postage stamps bearing their likenesses and names [have been] issued to commemorate them, glorify them, and keep their memory alive."

"All this has been done even though they directly or indirectly murdered tens of thousands, if not millions, of innocents. Among them are those who dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945; among them are the generals who waged World War II and participated in the destruction of entire cities in Germany and Japan; among them are those who participated in and waged the dirty war in Vietnam and killed or caused the annihilation of hundreds of thousands of innocents, defenseless women, children, and elderly; among them are those who killed or caused the killing of our brothers in Iraq in the dirty Gulf War of 1991. Some are the backbone of the present American administration – for example Vice President Dick Cheney, who was secretary of defense at that time."

"Despite all this, the Arabs and Muslims find themselves in a bind in this era, because if they consider a particular person one of our heroes in this era, they are criticized because America sees [that person] as a terrorist. It is true that our history is full of heroes and mighty men, but what about our generation?"

"If truth be told, our generation is overflowing with heroes and mighty men – some of them known among the Arab and Islamic peoples, some less well-known, and some familiar only to a small minority."

"Every Palestinian killed in one of the martyrdom operations is a hero; every Palestinian killed resisting the enemy [Israeli] forces is, in the eyes of some, a hero; all those who fought the Soviet forces in Afghanistan, Afghans and others, are heroes; all those who fight America these days in Afghanistan and in other places are also heroes in the eyes of some; all those who refused to submit to the dictates of the Americans and sacrifice their rule – for example Mullah Muhammad Omar and the Taliban – are heroes in the eyes of their people and their supporters. Anyone who rises up against American arrogance and tyranny and causes the Americans fear and trembling are also heroes, in the eyes of some."

"Sheikh Osama bin Laden, who preferred Jihad and life in the mountains and caves to the pleasures of [this] transitory world… although he is a wealthy man, the son of wealthy men – is one of our noble heroes whom history and generations to come will recognize as restoring honor to this [Islamic] nation. No one can monopolize history or distort the truth all the time. It is my right as an Arab and a Muslim to choose my hero, as the Americans choose theirs."

"Therefore I say to them, in the loudest possible voice, that Osama bin Laden is my hero of this generation."

"Muhammad Amin Salameh, California." (1)

Endnotes:
(1) Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), July 5, 2002.

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why people think that he osama bin laden is a hero he is a murder he killed our people and bomed the world trade center and didnt help people in new york he is not a hero he is a murder why do people think that he is a hero he didnt save our lives or help people in new york he is only a killer he is not our hero he doesnt deserve to be a hero after all the pain he caused to our love ones and killed our family and friends why people think he is our hero
HE I S NOT A HERO go to yahoo then type in september 11 world trade center and look at the twin towers and new york

Posted by: cream the rabbit at November 18, 2005 04:38 PM


Bin Laden is not a HERO, but he did what HE WAS FORCED TO DO..americans threw bombs into his country killing his wife and sons ke took revenge and did the same, im not in favor of what he did but that's their way of living life, americans shouldn't had messed up whith that people, they are like savage animals, they kills each others with wars but they don't mess up with you until yo mess up with them, that's my point of view...

Posted by: yoo at February 9, 2008 08:58 PM


Bin Laden is a hero

Posted by: at July 15, 2010 05:31 PM


I think alot of peopel havnt read the short paper, You can be both a hero and a murderer. It may be so that this shouldnt be the case, but currently many of the recognized heros are murderers.

Fidel Castro, Ho Chi Mihn, and now Bin laden are all heros :) like it or not thats what they will be remembered as to some

Posted by: leathan at October 29, 2010 03:53 PM


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