The Banishment of Communists from the Arabian Peninsula
|The Banishment of Communists from the Arabian Peninsula: The Episode and the Proof (1994)
|Written July 11, 1994 while bin Laden was living in the Sudan. Translated by the CTC at West Point Military Academy; minor errors that resulted in poor English, at the fault of the translators themselves, have been corrected, to prevent giving an unfairly skewered view of the author.|
After years of Jihad operations, in which young Muslim men toppled the heads of socialists in Yemen, the last socialist camp in Yemen fell. This was after two months of total war by the Muslim Yemeni people, led by the Ulema, in which they insisted on destroying socialism. The Yemeni Muslims sought to regain their power and their ideological presence by getting rid of the deceit of the socialists. This even ended a great evil and an onus that had weighed heavily on the chests of Muslims. This ended a dark age in the history of Yemen, a time in which preachers and Ulema were killed.
The end of socialist rule in Yemen provides a lesson. It is proof that all those who oppose the faith of the Ummah will face this type of ending, in spite of the force they bring to bear against it from within or outside.
Furthermore, a lesson can be drawn from the Yemeni case for those who wanted to escalate the conflict in Yemen by supporting the communists. These detestable supporters of communism provided all kinds of material and moral backing, and they found themselves banked in their war on a side that did not have the essential tools to continue, or the necessary means to win.
The governing Saudi regime was in the forefront of supporting the communist Yemenis. They provided hundreds of millions of dollars, along with weapons and ammunition, plus an army of Yemenis. King Faisal had prepared to fight the communists in the p ast. However, it was the current Saudi regime, with the backing of its Defence Minister, Prince Sultan, that conducted a diplomatic campaign that ended any chance the Saudi regime may have had to save face after its support for the communists.
It is not surprising that the Saudi regime supports those who call for the division of the Ummah and are the foes of faith. This support has been evident for some time, given Saudi communiques. However, it is both laughable and sad that the Saudi regime has reached a point of stupidity in which it banked on backing the communist regime. The regime ended up losing everything, and it will probably lose the battle that will determine the future of this regime.
The Yemeni war and its results were evident early on to all who looked, including the Western powers. The Western powers did not gamble on backing the losing side, even though they share the Saudi regime's desire to keep the Ummah disunited and to support its enemies. In spite of the failures and the actual collapse of the communists in Yemen, the Saudi regime continues in this fruitless path, evidenced by the publication of the Emergency Ministerial Communique, issued on 29-1-1415AH. The regime still takes the same position, declaring its support and endorsement of the dictatorial resolutions of the UN Security Council. The Saudi supports giving refuge to the communist Yemeni leaders, ignoring the Prophet's saying "Those who support an apostate, may God, the angels, and all the people curse him. Nothing would be accepted from him at the end of time, nor is justice expected from them."
The events in Yemen not only ended the communist reign in Yemen, but they also led to the peeling-off of the artificial masks of those who have deceived people by lying to them. The Saudi position and its role in the events has been revealed. We have seen the falseness of its claims about endorsing the causes of the Ummah, its claims about its own adherence to Islamic principles and tenets, and its declared position of not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.
The Yemeni events were a good test for the Ulema of the Quran and the Ulema of Power. Some sided with those in power, while a good number earned the gratitude of the Ummah. These good Ulema reflect their own decent consciences, showing their support for the truth, and earning the trust of the Ummah. These events have provided them with a chance to show their capabilities.
One of the main lessons from Yemen, is that the Western world, most of all the United States, was not willing to take the risk of intervention in order to protect or assist corrupt regimes that do not have the support of endorsement of their publics. So the lessons learned by these countries from its experience with people of the region was harsh and bitter, but was fruitful and helpful.
As for the rulers of our countries, they are not aware or cognizant of what happened. They continue to believe that the Western countries would not interfere and would abandon them if they see that protecting them would harm their interests.
In the Committee for Advice and Reform, we see in the defeat of the communists and the banishment of the communist regime as clear evidence for a rejection of all secular and atheist regimes across the region. We envision a new beginning in the implementation of the Prophet's will of expelling all the unbelievers from the Arabian peninsula, no matter what color or shape.
On this occasion, we congratulate the Muslim Ummah, the people of the region, and especially the Yemeni people, on this great achievement, which must be the end of any communist presence in the region, no matter what the pretext. "A believer shall not be put in a hole twice".
We also ask, will the Saudi regime continue in its suicidal policy, scornful of the Ummah and wasteful of its economic resources, which only brings it shame in this world and torture in Hell?
"Those who do not make God as their light, they shall not have any light."
- On their behalf:
- Usamah bin Muhammad bin Ladin
- July 8, 1994
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