Open Letter from Kola Boof:
Osama Bin Laden said to me more than once: "If I can't save the world--then I will put it out of its misery."
I knew him to be a deeply religious, sexually abusive, psychotic person...mostly a mass of contradictions. One moment dreamy and poetic, the next vicious and rage filled. His anger was "epic"...never small. He thinks, truly, that he is a Prophet sent by Allah.
My reason for writing...is this...
I think that the people of the United States are not taking seriously...the great, great danger this country is in...not so much from Osama...but from the thousands of other men like him out there. Men who, I assure you, are plotting to wreak a terrible and debilitating physical horror against our country. It amazes me how spoiled and unrealistic Americans are about terrorism and about the bitter feelings of those from my part of the world (North Africa and the Middle East).
And as my own books have been forced out of print by terrorists (who firebombed my publisher in Morocco, thus making American companies fearful of publishing my work as well--not to mention the fact that American whites have some aversion to the Nile River Valley being represented by a Black woman who looks black) and as death threats from my own countrymen (Gamal Ibraheim, my former sugar daddy Hasan al Turabi and Osama's followers) have collected like balloons about to POP in my hand...it infuriates me when Westerners dare to dismiss my warnings and insist that they know more about my people...than I do.
I have been accused of being "racist" against the poor good Arab Muslims. But what I truly am...is their daughter. By both sperm and experience.
The Black Women of Egypt have a saying: "Those who refuse to hear the thunder...will soon feel it."
As usual...it's those of us who know the most that no one listens to. In my case, because of the lies and deceit shrouded upon me by a cynical, misguided Media...and by unethical toilet rags like the New York Times...where there is a political agenda to protect Arab Muslim reputations at all costs (Americans pride themselves on their stupid Political Correctness, which only they are rich enough to afford)...even at the hand of attempting to discredit a very credible half Arab African woman like myself, who has no agenda...but is merely sharing the truth about experiences that she has had first hand. Even if those truths seem stranger than fiction. Which is the nature of life.
I thank the ultra conservatives at FOX NEWS for confirming the "fatwa" on my life and for being the first to give this liberal Democrat the opportunity to present myself...as myself...without the ugly white-media mask that has so long painted me as merely some publicity hungry African Mad-woman.
This country is not going to be a safe place to live anymore. In time, we'll come to worry about the very water we drink. But of course, who cares to listen to the rantings of the former mistress of Osama Bin Laden?
And as an American citizen and as a mother of two small children--and as an author published in 8 countries whose books were FORCED out of print and who has a fatwa on her head and who lived with Osama Bin Laden for six long months...and as the latest Black Woman to be silenced and swept under the carpet....I can't imagine why I would want to be silent about that for even one minute.
Posted by ronn at September 13, 2003 09:37 PM