Osama bin Laden: 9/11 mastermind and Generation Z darling.
Never mind their, ahem, spotty record on women’s and gay rights. Nor the mass murder of more than 3,000 innocent Americans, an attack that turned lower Manhattan into a cancerous pit that continues to kill first responders to this day.
He sure is a dreamer.
Bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals in 2011, but his unlikely resurgence is due to young, progressive women discovering his 2002 “Letter to the United States,” which exposes our country’s sins that led to 9/11.
Following in the grand tradition of TikTokers claiming bold social discoveries, the letter is going viral on the Chinese-owned app that also acts as an echo chamber for America-haters.
Going viral nowadays is nothing special. What is really galling here is the mass acceptance of Bin Laden’s abhorrent manifesto.
Guess which of their ideas caught these new disciples eagerly filming themselves having a “mind-blowing” moment of clarity as if they’d just finished binge-watching a Netflix series.
A woman has an awakening on TikTok after reading Osama Bin Laden’s “Letter to America.”Yashar Ali/
Useful idiots, in Gen Z vernacular, are “here for it.”
And the “it”?
Bin Laden’s Jewish hatred, calling the creation of Israel a “crime that must be erased” and accusing the United States of attacking “us in Palestine.”
Each of their aha moments is nearly identical: full of clichés and f-bombs, short on details.
Osama bin Laden’s 9/11 propaganda “Letter to America” is going viral on TikTok and being embraced by young women. Universal History Archive/UIG/Shutterstock
“I need everyone to stop what they’re doing right now,” said content creator Lynette Adkins, who has more than 177,000 followers on TikTok. “Go read ‘A Letter to America.’ And please come back here and tell me what you think. Because I feel like I’m going through an existential crisis right now.”
A blonde girl proudly compares her awakening from the Al Qaeda founder’s illiberal tirade to how he “deconstructed Christianity,” no doubt to convert to a much more zealous faith of conspiracy for social justice.
One 20-something declared that 9/11 was a “creation of our government failing other nations.” Another put music to his video, a discipline that Bin Laden actually advocated for the fairer sex.
A TikTok user claims that Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America” changed her view of the world.Yashar Ali/ X
The document, which was originally published by The Guardian in 2002, also rants that ordinary American civilians are complicit and therefore easy prey for terrorists.
After it went viral, The Guardian removed it and redirected readers to the full original news article.
Cue Adkins, whose Instagram is filled with scantily clad photos of her in various cities, complaining about its removal.
“We don’t trust all of you anymore and now you’re trying to censor us,” Adkins said, in a social video that has more than 78,000 views.
Lynette Adkins, who has more than 177,000 followers on TikTok, has been posting about Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America.” Yashar Ali/
Dear, may I suggest that you become acquainted with a different historical figure, named Noah Webster? He is widely credited with creating the first American dictionary, where the definition of censorship can be found.
A concept you will find widespread in bin Laden’s Shariah paradise, which is set out in the second part of his letter.
He hates our way of life. Here we have homosexuality, gambling and sexualized women. He even criticizes Bill Clinton for his oral speech in the Oval Office. What a party pooper.
Another young woman on TikTok claims that “the media is trying to bury” Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America.” Yashar Ali/
Unlike these kids, I was fresh out of college when 9/11 happened, that horrible day and its aftermath tattooed on my soul. I don’t need an app meant to bring down Western civilization to explain anything.
But I find Stanford student and Free Press writer Julia Steinberg’s explanation of how TikTok has rotted the brain compelling.
“By osmosis, we mindlessly bleat the same talking points presented to us in 30-second videos. The same critical theory books we read defending “decolonization” and “resistance” have been distilled into the perfect format: the explainer video.”
In other words, it’s a lazy young woman’s guide to radicalism. You don’t have to read entire books to understand broader concepts—she confirms her view of her world in less time than it takes to read Cliffs Notes.
A Taliban fighter stands guard as women wait to receive food rations distributed by a humanitarian aid group in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 2023.AP
And why do women fall into this web of anger? Well, men were told to sit down and curb their toxic masculinity.
Nature abhors a vacuum, so the aggression now comes from our young women, who are more than ever in the first position. They are allowed, even encouraged, to be angry.
A modest proposal: how about an exchange? For those who praise the terrorist chief, we will gladly send them to Iran or Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
Their degree in Queer and Gender Studies will be of great use there as directors of DEI. The Bin Laden doctrine will even forgive them their student debts.
In 1999, the Taliban publicly executed a mother of seven in Kabul, Afghanistan. At the time, Bin Laden was living in the country, helping his regime and training terrorists.
The chosen pronouns will be respected and misgendering will be punished by stoning.
And since you’ll be wearing a burqa, you’ll never have a bad hair or skin day. Liberation from the male gaze and our racist beauty standards.
Although the reality is that they would have to change their profile to say: “Fifth wife of the Taliban warlord.”
And they won’t have TikTok to ask for help.
Congratulations, ladies. You have been deceived.