2,782. 9/21/2001

When interviewed by the Voice of America radio network on September 21, 2001, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar was asked if he would ever give up bin Laden. He replied: ” ‘No. We cannot do that. If we did, it means we are not Muslims; that Islam is finished. If we were afraid of attack, we could have surrendered him the last time we were threatened and attacked. So America can hit us again.’ ”

 – Peter Bergen, The Osama bin Laden I Know, Page 315

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