From a December 1998 interview with Osama bin Laden:
“TIME: America, the world’s only superpower, has called you Public Enemy Number One. Are you worried?
bin Laden: ‘Hostility toward America is a religious duty, and we hope to be rewarded for it by God. To call us Enemy Number One or Two does not hurt us. Osama bin Laden is confident that the Islamic nation will carry out its duty. I am confident that Muslims will be able to end the legend of the so-called superpower that is America.’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]
– Rahimullah Yusufzai, “Osama bin Laden: Conversation With Terror,” Time, Jan. 11, 1999