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Osama bin Laden loves global warming

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Since religious demogougery hasn’t worked out so well for Al Qaeda’s attempt to win hearts and minds of the muslim masses, Osama bin Laden is trying a new strategy: scare ‘em with science:

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has called for the world to boycott American goods and the U.S. dollar, blaming the United States and other industrialized countries for global warming, according to a new audiotape released Friday.

(…) He blamed Western industrialized nations for hunger, desertification and floods across the globe, and called for “drastic solutions” to global warming, and “not solutions that partially reduce the effect of climate change.”

Bin Laden has mentioned climate change and global warning in past messages, but the latest tape was his first dedicated to the topic. The speech, which included almost no religious rhetoric, could be an attempt by the terror leader to give his message an appeal beyond Islamic militants.

Let’s be clear here – Osama bin Laden’s only real interest in global warming is how he can exploit it for his own short-term ends. If he is aware that water scarcity caused by global warming will disproportionately impact muslim countries, it would be a bonus for him, not a tragedy. The craven attempt at exploiting a truly global disaster for short-term political gain would be obscene if we weren’t already inured to his shamelessness and utter lack of moral integrity.

Speaking of shamelessness and exploiting fear for political gain, conservatives are seizing upon bin Laden’s comments as evidence that the political left and Al Qaeda are ideological allies. This is a refrain we’ve heard many times from the right, however, so we are inured to this as well by now.

Unfortunately, the political right has internalized the extremist interpretations of Islam espoused by bin Laden himself. It’s ironic that these people accuse the left of being in ideological alliance with our enemies when by their own actions, they provide aid and comfort in practice (even if ostensibly opposed in intention). Unfortunately, the self-declared Defenders of the West and Watchers of the Jihad don’t have the clarity or commitment to principle to recognize the self-defeating nature of this attitude. The people who recognize that the best defense against our enemies is to embrace our principles instead of abandon them, are few and far between.

Incidentally, here’s my entirely serious and well-meaning advice to Osama bin Laden: hook up with the climate change denialists. Seriously – don’t you know that freshwater from melting glaciers will upset the salinity balance in the North Atlantic and plunge North America and Europe into a new Ice Age? You’d totally win by default.

Related: Talking global warming at Talk Islam. Also, bin Laden on Twitter isn’t amused.



  • Alicia

    Bin Laden, and his ilk, are nihilists, pure and simple. Andrew Sullivan recently posted a link to a video interview with a man planning to be a suicide bomber in Pakistan.
    He was interviewed by a Muslim journalist who asked whether what he was planning could by justified in Islam. Many of the questions would have provoked severe cognitive dissonance in a man with an open mind, a man who hadn’t been brainwashed. For instance, was it justifiable to murder innocent children?
    According to this man, those children were going to Hell anyway, so yes, it was justified to blow them to Kingdom come. Why did he think this – because his leaders told him it was so. Basically, he was justifying universal mass murder against the entire human species, except for his comrades.
    The Right Wing are painting themselves into a corner, too. It may take them a while to realize that.

  • Mark Montgomery

    Bin Laden will never win Muslim hearts or minds because his vision is bankrupt and totally negative. Al Qaeda doesn’t offer any future, it only offers the grave. Death to Al Qaeda. Mark Montgomery boboberg@nyc.rr.com

  • EllieDee

    OBL was on the side of those who said we were losing the war in Iraq.
    He was on the side of our financial downfall (he won that one)
    And now he is on the side of those who believe “man” causes Global Warming ..Anything bad in the world, he blames on the USA..One just has to see on what side of the aisle he is always on, to know his politics.

  • interpreter

    I don’t see how the Christian right can poo poo global warming when it is prophesied in their Bible:
    “Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.” (Rev. 16:8-9)

  • Gay Guy

    Mr. interpreter (little i) wrote:
    interpreter
    January 30, 2010 10:53 AM
    I don’t see how the Christian right can poo poo global warming when it is prophesied in their Bible:
    “Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.” (Rev. 16:8-9)
    Sorry to inform you, the Christian Bible is just that, Bible for the Christians–right, left, middle, up and down. So your comment, “… prophesied in their Bible”, should actually read, “… prophesied in the Bible”.
    If you had read the verse and not cut and pasted it (Rev. 16:8-9) you would have noted it was an angel that scorched the earth. The global warmests were pushing mans affect on the earth’s temperature.
    Take note, global warming is passé, it is now, climate change. Do you know why?

  • Andrew

    Interesting thought related the end times to Global warming. Revelation fortold it all I guess. I’ll have to read up more on it…
    what is the bible?

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  • http://como-recuperar-atu-ex.info/ mary

    Let’s be clear here – Osama bin Laden’s only real interest in global warming is how he can exploit it for his own short-term ends
    you said it yourself..
    god post

  • http://como-recuperar-atu-ex.info/ mary

    Let’s be clear here – Osama bin Laden’s only real interest in global warming is how he can exploit it for his own short-term ends
    you said it yourself..
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  • anna | como recuperar a tu pareja

    Maybe he is planing to do something evil with it!!!
    Como recuperar a tu pareja

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