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Hi Philip --
>If Bin Laden stresses that there is no God but only Allah, why did he end
>his statement with: (or did the translator make an error?)
>"God bear witness that I have conveyed the message. God bear witness that
>I have conveyed the message. God bear witness that I have conveyed the
>God's peace and blessings be upon you"
'God' and 'Allah' are interchangeable, kinda like 'Earth' being the name
any inhabitant would call his native planet, 'Terra' notwithstanding. I
found it very pointedly significant that 'God' was used instead of
'Allah' in the text, so that I could say that saying 'God bless America'
was saying something equally as dogmatically ignorant.
But, also, most mentions of Allah or of Muhammed _must_ be followed by
defined phrases, and there are litanies for openings and closings of
speeches as well.
Consistency being, of course, the hobgoblin of small minds.
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