In 2002, Osama Bin Laden wrote a “Letter to America” in which he expressed his motivations behind the devastating 9/11 attacks.
He claimed that the treatment of Palestinian people had to be “revenged” and justified killing innocent people in the name of jihad.
The letter was originally published by The Guardian newspaper in November of that year.
Recently, however, the letter resurfaced on social media platform TikTok after The Guardian linked to it in an article about the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.
Young people responded with a series of videos praising Bin Laden’s views, signaling an even darker future ahead for America.
Over the past 24 hours, thousands of TikToks (at least) have been posted where people share how they just read Bin Laden’s infamous "Letter to America," in which he explained why he attacked the United States.
The TikToks are from people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and… pic.twitter.com/EwjiGtFEE3
— Yashar Ali ???? (@yashar) November 16, 2023
One young woman reported feeling “very disillusioned” about her deconstruction of Christianity, while another stated that they would “never look at this country (America) the same.”
One man said he was “shocked but not surprised” and justified Bin Laden’s actions, claiming that under settler colonialism any kind of resistance is branded as terrorism.
Another woman blamed the United States for 9/11, stating it was a result of their government failing other nations.
The Guardian took down the letter due to its sympathetic reception among some US citizens, noting it was being shared without its original context.
Given these responses, it appears young people in America are siding with arguably the most infamous terrorist of all time against their own country.
But as independent journalist Yashar Ali notes, interest in the letter only grew. It has continued to spread on X/Twitter.
Here is the full letter:
In 2002, Osama Bin Laden wrote a letter to America and its been translated and posted on The Guardian's website for 22 years but when people started to talk about it, they took it down. So, here is the whole letter 1/2 pic.twitter.com/p0h7CRICRU
— val ☆ (@valksforlife) November 16, 2023
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) mocked the users on X/Twitter.
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
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 16, 2023
Posting snarky tweets will not resolve the underlying social issues that are prevalent in America, especially concerning our youth.
They have been exposed to influence from both TikTok and their educators, which has resulted in a heightened level of indoctrination.