[ by Charles Cameron — Kenyan jihadist mag, and the morphing of a quote from grenades to planes to maybe swords? ]
If our words could have reached you by mouth, then they would not have been sent by grenades.
Abu-Usama in Gaidi Mtaani, the new Swahili jihadist magazine, issue #1 p. 14 — h/t Aaron Zelin
If our messages had been able to reach you through words, we wouldn’t have been delivering them through planes.
Osama bin Laden, quoted in WaPo, Jan 2010.
Well, Oliver, when men run out of words, they reach for their swords.
Oliver Cromwell to his son, in Cromwell (1970)