A twisted letter written by the mastermind of the 9/11 atrocities has gone viral on TikTok with many users saying that reading it has led to them ‘understanding’ as to why the horrific attacks were carried out in 2001. Osama bin Laden, the founder of al Qaeda, a terror organization dedicated to waging holy war on the western world, wrote a ‘Letter to America’ in 2002.
In the viral letter, bin Laden regularly spews anti-American, anti-Semitic and anti-Western viewpoints, citing one of the main reasons for 9/11 being the US support for Israel. At the time of writing, videos with the hashtag ‘LettertoAmerica’ have been viewed 7.3 million times. The letter began to gain traction online after it a link to it was included in an article about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. It was subsequently deleted with no explanation. The link to the letter spread afterwards with hundreds of members of Generation Z posting videos on TikTok in response to reading it in which they seemingly confused the hateful diatribe for an intellectual think piece.
The various trending videos about the letter include no context around bin Laden’s life as a jihadist in which his followers slaughtered thousands of Muslims and non-Muslims alike or his support for some of the most oppressive political regimes imaginable. In other sections of his correspondence, bin Laden blames the US government for spreading AIDS throughout the world, described homosexuality as ‘immoral’ and sought to turn America into an oppressive religious state similar to Afghanistan.
The trend appears to have started with TikToker Lynette Adkins who posted a video on November 14. ‘I need everyone to stop what they’re doing right now and go read – it’s literally two pages – go read “A Letter to America,”‘ she said. In his infamous letter, Bin Laden ranted that the treatment of Palestinian people had to be ‘revenged’ and expressed justifications for the killing of civilians in the name of jihad. Bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALs in a raid on his compound in Pakistan in May 2011.
‘The American people are the ones who pay the taxes which fund the planes that bomb us in Afghanistan, the tanks that strike and destroy our homes in Palestine, the armies which occupy our lands in the Arabian Gulf, and the fleets which ensure the blockade of Iraq,’ bin Laden wrote. For this reason, the Saudi Arabian terrorist wrote, all Americans and Jewish people were culpable for ‘the crimes committed by the Americans and Jews against [Muslims].’
Bin Laden wrote that AIDS was a ‘Satanic American Invention’ and regularly made anti-Semitic remarks including suggesting that American society was infiltrated by Jewish people who ‘control your policies, media and economy.’ In response to the letter going viral, Florida Senator Marco Rubio mocked the TikTok users in a post on X. ‘Now trending on social media (especially TikTok) people saying that after reading bin Laden’s ‘Letter to America,’ they now understand terrorism is a legitimate method of resistance against ‘oppression’ and America deserved to be attacked of 9/11,’ the one-time presidential candidate wrote.
The Guardian website page that previously hosted the letter in full now displays a message reading: ‘This page previously displayed a document containing, in translation, the full text of Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to the American People,” as reported in the Observer on Sunday 24 November 2002. The document, which was published here on the same day, was removed on 15 November 2023.’ A viral TikTok post on the article’s removal said that it was a prime example of ‘narrative control.’ ‘Narrative control and censorship are not things you do to a society you want being able to deeply consider the things happening around them,’ the user said.
The letter’s reemergence after all these years comes as Israeli President Benjmain Netanyahu refutes allegations that the military has committed war crimes in Gaza with reports that the death toll in the region has surpassed 11,000. The region has been embroiled in conflict since Hamas brutally invaded Israel on October 7, killing around 1,400 people. ‘Come back here and let me know what you think. Because I feel like I’m going through like an existential crisis right now, and a lot of people are. So I just need someone else to be feeling this too.’ That video prompted more than 5,000 replies. ‘Just read it… my eyes have been opened,’ one person responded. ‘I think this has made a lot of people realize that even ‘villains’ can speak the truth,’ another wrote. ‘We’ve been lied to our entire lives, I remember watching people cheer when Osama was found and killed. I was a child, and it confused me. It still confuses me today. The world deserves better than what this country has done to them,’ another person said.
Adkins followed up her original post with several others. In one she celebrates TikTok’s influence on America’s youth. ‘TikTok is going to save this generation.’ Her reasoning is that older people are ‘programmed to think a certain way.’ In September 2023, Adkins’ meteoric rise from lowly Amazon employee to influencer was the subject of a Los Angeles Times feature. In another, Adkins recommends her followers watch three documentary films, including one, Out of Shadows, which one reviewer said of: ‘The so-called documentary is merely a mask for a hodgepodge of conspiracy theories associated with QAnon and its linear ancestor, Pizzagate.’ In her latest post, Adkins said that ‘America is losing the PR war bad’ and that ‘they’ were trying to shut TikTok down. Read the full story: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12756843/osama-bin-laden-letter-america-viral-tiktok-debate-israel-hamas-war.html?ito=msngallery
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