Lex Luthor Talks
You've probably seen the list of 31 confessions by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
He also made a statement:
He also made a statement:
"In what I have written here I am not making myself out to be a hero when I say I am responsible for this or that. But you are a military man. You know very well the language of war. So, when I'm talking about these things I'm not saying I didn't do it. I did it, but this is the language of war.Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Statement at Trial.
If America wants to invade Iraq they will not send roses or kisses for Saddam, they will send a bombardment. This is the way I want it. If I'm fighting for anybody I admit to them I'm an enemy of America. For sure, I'm an enemy of America. Usama bin Laden, he did his best press conference in the American media. Mr John Miller, he did it when he made a declaration against Jihad, against America. He talked about the American military presence in the Arabian peninsula and aiding Israel, and many things. So when we made war against America, we were jackals fighting in the night.
I consider, myself, that what you are doing is a religious thing, as you consider us fundamentalist. So, both following our religion, we consider that we and George Washington are doing the same thing. As you consider George Washington a hero, Muslims, many of them, consider Usama bin Laden a hero. He is doing the same thing. He is just fighting. For he needs his independence. Even we think, not me only, many Muslims, that al Qaida or the Taliban are doing what they're doing because they've been oppressed by America. This is the feeling of the prophet.
So when we say we're an enemy combatant, that's right. We are. But I'm asking you again to be fair with many detainees who are not enemy combatants. Because many of them have been unjustly arrested. Many, not one or two or three: because the definition you wrote, even in my case, was not fair. I was in the first Jihad, against Russia, so I must be an enemy of Russia. But America supported me in this because I was their ally when I was fighting Russia. I'm doing the same job. I'm fighting. I was fighting Russia then, now I'm fighting America.
So many people who have been in Afghanistan don't live there. They stay there, but they don't have anything to do with the Taliban or al Qaida. They have been there since the Russian time and they cannot go back to their home and their corrupted government. They stayed there, and when America invaded the Afghan parliament, they were arrested. They had never been with the Taliban or the others. So many people consider them as enemies, but they are not. Because the definition is very wide, people came after October 2001, when America invaded Afghanistan. They just arrived in Afghanistan because they heard their enemy was there. They didn't know what al Qaida or Usama bin Laden or the Taliban meant. They didn't care about these things. They heard there was an enemy in Afghanistan and they just arrived. As they heard the first time, when Russia invaded Afghanistan. When they came back, they fought. They didn't know what was going on and that the Taliban was in government. You even consider me Taliban, even the president of a whole government. Many people joined the Taliban because they were in government. When Karzai came they joined him. They joined whatever people were joining; they didn't know what was going on. So many Taliban become fighters, and fight, just because that's what people are doing.
The government is the Taliban, though from then until now the CIA don't have an exact definition of who is the Taliban, or who is al Qaida. Your Tribunal now is discussing whether he is an enemy or not, and that is one of your tasks.
So this is why you find many Afghani people, Pakistanis even, who don't know what's going on; they just hear there's fighting and they help the Muslims in Afghanistan. Then what? There are some infidels who came here and they have to help them. But then there weren't any intending to do anything against America. The Taliban, between themselves, said Afghanistan would never again be against the 9/11 operation. The seniors in the Taliban rejected what al Qaida were doing. Many in the Taliban rejected what they were doing. Even many Taliban did not agree about why we were in Afghanistan. Some of them had been with us. Never in their life, before America invaded them, did the Taliban intend to do anything against America. They had never been with al Qaida. It does not mean that we are here as Americans now. They gave political asylum for many: for Chinese oppositionists, or North Korean, but that does not mean they are the same towards many of the Taliban. Because they hold us as they do al Qaida, it does not mean we are together.
So this is why I'm asking you to be fair with many Afghanis and Pakistanis, and many Arabs, who have been in Afghanistan. Many of them have been held unjustly. The strange thing is, the Sunni government sent some spies to assassinate UBL, then we arrested them and sent them to Afghanistan, to the Taliban. The Taliban put them in prison. The Americans came and arrested them as enemy combatants. They brought them here. So, even if they are my enemy, it's not fair for them to be there with me. This is what I'm saying, the way of war, you know, very well, in any country waging war against their enemy, the language of war is killing. A man and a woman stay together in a marriage because of the kids, children. But if you and I, two nations, are in a war together, the others are victims. This is the way of the language.
You know 40 million people were killed in World War One; ten million killed in World War Two. You know that two million four hundred thousand were killed in the Korean War. So this is the language of war.
Any people who, when Usama bin Laden says I'm waging war because of such and such a reason, know he's declared it. But when you said I'm a terrorist, I think it is deceiving people. Terrorist, enemy combatant; all these definitions, as CIA you can make up whatever you want. Now, you told me when I asked about the witnesses, I'm not convinced that this related to the matter; it is up to you. Maybe I'm convinced, but you are the head and he [gesturing to Personal Representative] is not responsible, because you are head of the committee. So, finally, it's your war, but the problem is there are no definitions of many words. Certainly many people will be oppressed, because, in war, for sure, there will be victims. When I said I'm not happy that three thousand have been killed in America, I feel sorry even. I don't like to kill children; the kids.
Islam would never give me the green light to kill people. Killing, for Christianity, Judaism and Islam is prohibited. But there are exceptions to the rule when you are killing people in Iraq. You said we have to do it. We don't like Saddam. But this is the way to deal with Saddam. The same thing as you are saying, the same language as you use, I use.
When you are invading two-thirds of Mexico, you call your war manifest destiny. It is up to you to call it what you want. But the other side are calling you oppressors. If it were George Washington now; if we were living in the Revolutionary War and the British were arresting George Washington, for sure, they would consider him an enemy combatant. But Americans, they consider him a hero. In any revolutionary war it will be as it was for George Washington and the British.
So we are considered to be American army bases, which we have been from the seventies in Iraq. Also in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. This is a kind of invasion: but I'm not here to convince you. It is so, or not; but mostly my speech is to ask you to be fair with people. I don't have anything to say like that I'm not an enemy. This is why the language of any war in the world is killing. I mean the language of war is victims. I don't like to kill people. I feel very sorry kids have been killed in 9/11. What can I do? This is the language. Sometimes, I hope for a great awakening between Americans to stop their foreign policy in our land. I know that American people have been torturing us from the 70s. [REDACTED] I know they are talking about human rights. And I know it is against the American Constitution, against American laws. But they said with every law they have exceptions, "it's your bad luck, you have been part of an exception to our laws." They've got to have something to convince me we're talking the same language. But we are saying we have Sharia law, and we have the Koran. What is enemy combatant in my language?
(KSM through translator) Allah forbids you not, with regards to those who fight you not for your faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them. For Allah loves those who are just. There is one more sentence. Allah only forbids you, with regards to those who fight you for your faith and drive you out of your homes and support others in driving you out, from turning to them for friendship and protection. It is such as turn to them in these circumstances that do wrong.
(KSM again) So for whatever deed we do we ask about it in the Koran or Hadith. We are not making up laws for ourselves. When we need a religious Fatwa, we have to go back to see what the scholars said. To see whether they say yes or no. Killing is prohibited in all that you call the people of the book: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. You know the Ten Commandments very well. The Ten Commandments are shared between all of us. We are all serving one God. Then you know 'do not kill' very well. But there's also war language; we have language for war. You have to kill. But you have to care whether you're intentionally or unintentionally targeting: I have, and I'm not at the Pentagon. I consider it is the right way. If I target now, when we target in the USA, we choose military targets, economical and political. So the war's central victims are mostly economic targets.
If now, the Americans know UBL is in a certain house, they don't care about his kids and his kin, they will just bombard it. They will kill all of them; and they did it. They killed the wife of Dr Ayman Zawahiri and his two daughters and his son in one bombardment. They received a report that that was his house. He wasn't there. They killed them. They arrested my kids intentionally. They are kids. They were under arrest for four months; they had been abused. So, for me, I have patience. I know I'm not to talk about what's happened to me. The Americans have human rights. So, enemy combatant, itself, it's a flexible word. So I think God knows that many who have been arrested, they have been unjustly arrested.
Otherwise, as the military throughout history knows very well, war will never stop. War started from Adam, when Cain killed Abel, up to today. It's never going to stop killing people. This is the way of the language. Americans started the Revolutionary War, then they started the Mexican, then the Spanish War; then World War One, World War Two. You read the history. You know you're never going to stop war. This is life. But who is an enemy combatant and who is not? Finally, I finish my statement. I'm asking you to be fair with other people."