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Department
History
Course
HIST 1059
Professor
Prasannan Parthasarathi
Semester
Winter

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Chantz Delgado Essay 11 th April 25 , 2012 Messages to the World: Osama Bin Laden Osama bin Laden’s primary grievance was with the United States but was caused  by the rulers of Saudi Arabia.  Bin Laden hates the United States because of their  affiliation and corruption of Muslims in the Arab world. In the book Messages to the  World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden, Bruce Lawrence describes Osama’s  abhorrence to the United States as a result of the deviation of the Saudi rulers from the  Qur’an and traditional laws. Osama did not appreciate King Fahd’s decision of asking for  help from the Western powers when Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. Lawrence writes,  “King Fahd had required the ulema to endorse the arrival of American and other foreign  troops on Saudi soil, and bin Bahd complied with two decrees…authorizing US  deployment (Operation Desert Shield) and ...permitting Muslim troops to join in the  attack on Iraq (Operation Desert Storm) (Pg.3).” What resulted from this decision was the  intrusion of Western values at the expense of Muslim principles, corrupt Saudi princes  and officials, and dependence on the United States. Islamic purists such as Osama bin  Laden were furious with the Saudi leaders and as a result, reviled the United States for  taking advantage of the sacred Saudi soil and his fellow Muslims. When Osama bin Laden was interviewed about the Saudi royal family and the  way they rule, he promptly said, “Regarding the criticism
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