Bin Laden '\'will'\' accuses Muslim leaders of betrayal
A London-based Arabic magazine said it has obtained the will of Osama bin Laden in which he accuses fellow Muslim leaders of betraying him in the face of the American campaign to destroy his al-Qaeda network.
The weekly magazine Al-Majallah said the typed will was dated Dec. 14, 2001, and signed by bin Laden.
In the purported will, bin Laden accuses Muslim leaders of betraying him and "the students of religion," meaning the Taliban, the magazine said. "Without treason the situation would have been different today and the outcome would have been different," the text of the copy says.
"The situation has reversed. We saw the cowardly crusaders (the United States) and the humiliated Jews stand up while the soldiers of our nation raise the white flag and surrender to the enemies like women," it says.
In the purported will, bin Laden refers to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. "The battle of New York and Washington was the third strike against America, the first of which was the bombing of the Marines in Lebanon, the second was the bombing of the American Embassy in Nairobi," he wrote. He added he still expected the United States to eventually be defeated by Islam.
"Despite the setback the new battle will lead to the elimination of America and the infidel West even if decades later," the copy read. He directs his followers to postpone fighting "the Jews and the crusaders until you purge your ranks of the cowards and stooges."
In the copy, bin Laden also orders his wives not to remarry after his death and his sons not to join al-Qaeda — apparently because of his betrayal. "I have chosen a path fraught with dangers on which I suffered lots of troubles, pain, betrayal and treason," the will says.
"I have been saddened like my brother Mujahedeen when we saw ... America, the chief infidel, push the weakest of our people — men, women and children — while the (Islamic) nation stood watching this painful scene as if they were watching an entertaining film," it says. (Albawaba.com)