A vile letter written by the warlord behind the 9/11 atrocities has gone viral on TikTok, with users claiming that reading it allowed them to “understand” why the horrific attacks were carried out in 2001.
Osama bin Laden, who founded the terrorist group Al-Qaeda to wage a holy war against the Western world, wrote a “Letter to America” in 2002 to vent his grief and defend the motivations behind his murderous attack on mainland America, in which thousands of innocent people died.
In the viral letter, bin Laden regularly expresses anti-American, anti-Semitic and anti-Western views, stating that one of the main reasons for September 11 was US support for Israel.
As of this writing, videos with the hashtag “LettertoAmerica” have been viewed 7.3 million times. Remarkably, most demand support for the twisted reasoning that Bin Laden presents without thinking about the freedoms he criticizes.
The letter began gaining traction online after the British newspaper The Guardian posted a link to a 2002 article that translated the letter in its entirety into an article about the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. It was then removed without explanation.
The link to the letter spread as hundreds of TikTokers responded to it by posting videos in which they apparently mistook the hateful speech for intellectual thought.
Various popular videos about the letter provide no context regarding bin Laden’s life as a jihadist, in which his followers murdered thousands of Muslims and non-Muslims, or his support for the most repressive political regimes imaginable.
In other parts of his correspondence, bin Laden blamed the U.S. government for spreading AIDS around the world, described homosexuality as “immoral” and tried to turn America into an oppressive religious state similar to Afghanistan.
In his “Letter to America”, Osama bin Laden accused the United States of complicity in the “oppression” of Palestinians and spreading AIDS around the world
The trend appears to have started with TikToker Lynette Adkins, who posted a video on November 14 asking her followers to read the manifesto
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The trend appears to have started with TikToker Lynette Adkins, who posted a video on November 14. “I want everyone to stop what they’re doing and read – it’s literally two pages – and read ‘Letter to America’.” she said.
In his infamous letter, Bin Laden complained that there needed to be “revenge” for the treatment of the Palestinian people and justified the killing of civilians in the name of jihad. Bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALs during a raid on his compound in Pakistan in May 2011.
“It is Americans who pay the taxes that finance the planes that bomb us in Afghanistan, the tanks that hit and destroy our homes in Palestine, the armies that occupy our lands in the Persian Gulf, and the navies that ensure the blockade of Iraq,” bin Laden wrote.
For this reason, as the Saudi Arabian terrorist wrote, all Americans and Jews were guilty of “the crimes committed by Americans and Jews against [Muslims].’
Bin Laden wrote that AIDS was an “American Satanic invention” and regularly made anti-Semitic remarks, including those suggesting that American society was infiltrated by Jews who “control your politics, media and economy.”
In response to the letter going viral, Florida Senator Marco Rubio mocked TikTok users in a post on the X platform.
“Currently, there are more and more people on social media (especially on TikTok) who claim that after reading bin Laden’s ‘Letter to America’ they understand that terrorism is a legitimate method of resistance against ‘oppression’ and that America deserved the attack on 9/11 ” – wrote the former presidential candidate.
Bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALs during a raid on his compound in Pakistan in May 2011
Hundreds of Gen Zers have posted videos in which they appear to have mistaken hate speech for intellectual reflection
How terrorist Osama bin Laden was a mass murderer who planned the murders of 2,977 people on 9/11
Osama bin Laden was the 17th of 52 children born into an extremely wealthy family in Saudi Arabia.
Around 1979, he became radicalized, joining the mujahideen in Afghanistan to repel the invasion of the Soviet Union.
In 1988, he founded his terrorist network, Al-Qaeda, or The Base. The group’s goal was to wage a holy war against the Western world.
Bin Laden turned much of his hatred towards the United States in the early 1990s during the first Gulf War, when American troops were stationed near holy sites in Saudi Arabia.
From 1992 to 2001, bin Laden supported various attacks against the US military in Africa and the Middle East. During this period, he was expelled from his homeland and took refuge in Afghanistan.
On September 11, 2001, 19 al-Qaeda members carry out a series of attacks in the USA, flying planes into various buildings, including the twin towers in New York.
Shortly after the destruction of September 11, bin Laden was named by US authorities as the prime suspect. The US military invades Afghanistan, but he remains at large.
Despite numerous rumors that he had died in the meantime as a result of a long-term battle with kidney disease, bin Laden was finally found in a mansion in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.
On May 2, 2011, the originator was shot by US Navy SEAL soldiers on the orders of President Barack Obama. He was given an Islamist funeral and buried at sea.
The Guardian’s website, which previously hosted the entire letter, now displays the following message: “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” Sunday, November 24, 2002. The document, which was published here on the same day, was removed on November 15, 2023.”
A viral TikTok post about the article being taken down said it was a perfect example of “narrative control.”
“Narrative control and censorship are not things you do to a society that you want to be able to think deeply about what is happening around it,” the user said.
The letter resurfaces all these years later as Israeli President Benjmain Netanyahu refutes allegations that the military committed war crimes in Gaza, with reports that the death toll in the region has surpassed 11,000.
The region has been gripped by conflict since Hamas’s brutal invasion of Israel on October 7, which killed around 1,400 people.
“Come back here and let me know what you think. Because I feel like I’m going through an existential crisis right now, and a lot of people do. So I need someone else to feel this too. There were over 5,000 responses to this video.
“Just read it… it opened my eyes,” one person replied. “I think this made many people realize that even ‘villains’ can tell the truth,” wrote another.
“We have been lied to all our lives. I remember people cheering when Osama was found and killed. I was a child and it confused me. It still confuses me to this day. The world deserves better than what this country has done to it,” another person said.
Adkins followed up her original post with several others. In one, he celebrates TikTok’s impact on America’s youth.
“TikTok will save this generation.” Her reasoning is that older people are “programmed to think a certain way.”
In September 2023, the story of the Los Angeles Times was Adkins’ meteoric rise from humble Amazon employee to influencer. function.
In another, Adkins recommends his followers watch three documentaries, including one Out of Shadows, about which one reviewer stated: “The so-called the document is merely a mask for a hodgepodge of conspiracy theories related to QAnon and its lineal ancestor, Pizzagate.’
In her latest post, Adkins wrote that “America is losing the PR war” and that “they” were trying to shut down TikTok.