On August 6, 1998, the day before the African embassy bombings, Egyptian Islamic Jihad leader Ayman al-Zawahiri published a message in London’s Arabic press: ” ‘We are interested in briefly telling the Americans that their message has been received and that the response, which we hope they will read carefully, is being prepared, because, with God’s help, we will write in a language that they will understand.’ ”

 – Jonathan Randal, Osama, Page 144