A member of a password-protected al-Qaeda affiliated forum recently posted a message titled: ?Cheers for the First Economics Expert in the Muslim World, Sheikh Usama bin Laden,? praising bin Laden for his scholarly acumen in the field of economics and highlighting his educational background at King Abdulaziz University. The author also cites bin Laden?s views at the ?beginning? that American power is derived from its economy, ?so the way to destroy it will be via its economy.?
The author also cites a portion of an audio message from Sheikh Usama bin Laden aired on al-Jazeera Channel, where he discusses the ?necessity of hitting the American forces,? and further, to strengthen his argument about bin Laden?s intelligence, includes an article from an uncredited source about the effects of the September 11th attacks on the U.S. economy and an excerpt from a New York Times piece about the value of the Euro vis-à-vis the American dollar, not so much reflecting a ?powerful European economy as much as it reflects the American weakness.?
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.