Osama bin Laden truer spesifikt Frankrike og franskmenn fordi landet nylig har vedtatt et forbud mot burka og niqab på offentlige steder. Dette – og engasjementet i Afghanistan, gjør at Frankrike får som fortjent, sier bin Laden.
Han snakker høystemt om hva Frankrike og Vesten gjør mot «våre land», som om afghanerne ønsker ham og hans menn tilbake.
How can it be right that you participate in the occupation of our lands, support the Americans in the killing of our women and children and yet want to live in peace and security?» said bin Laden, addressing the French.
«It is a simple and clear equation: As you kill, you will be killed. As you capture, you will be captured. And as you threaten our security, your security will be threatened. The way to safeguard your security is to cease your oppression and its impact on our nation, most importantly your withdrawal from the ill-fated Bush war in Afghanistan.»
France has about 4,000 troops deployed in and near Afghanistan.
«You need to think of what happened to America as a result of that unjust war,» bin Laden said, again addressing the French and referring to the war in Afghanistan. «It’s on the verge of bankruptcy … and tomorrow it will retreat to beyond the Atlantic.»
France passed a law this month that will ban the wearing of face-covering burqa-style Muslim veils in public starting in April. Many Muslims have expressed fears the law would stigmatize them.
«If you deemed it your right to ban (Muslim) women from wearing the hijab, then should not it be our right to expel your invading men by striking their necks?» bin Laden said.
Bin Laden adresserte kidnappingen av fem franskmenn ved et atomanlegg i Niger, og sa det var helt bevisst.
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, an offshoot of bin Laden’s group, has claimed responsibility for the abductions of five French citizens in Niger and is believed to have taken them to neighboring Mali. The French hostages, as well as a Togolese and a Madagascar national were kidnapped on Sept. 16 while they were sleeping in their villas in the uranium mining town of Arlit.
«The kidnapping of your experts in the Niger is a reaction to your oppression of Muslims,» said bin Laden.