Osama Bin Laden’s ‘Letter To America’ Goes Viral Amid Israel-Hamas War

Letter To America
Letter To America

Bin Laden’s letter sparked a debate on social media about its validity and morality, with some expressing sympathy and others condemning it.

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Osama bin Laden’s decades-old letter has gone viral on TikTok after some users posted it on the video sharing platform and re-shared it on X (formerly Twitter). In response to bin Laden’s 2002 ‘Letter to America,’ TikTok has removed the #lettertoamerica hashtag (with over 2 million views) from its search engine, according to NBC News. It has been argued that the Al Qaeda founder’s document offers an alternative perspective on the US’ involvement in conflicts in the Middle East, something the White House has criticised.

More than 3,000 people were killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks, which sparked users to share The Guardian’s transcript of the letter. In response, The Guardian removed the letter from its website, which was written 21 years ago.

The letter includes antisemitic language and addresses the following questions to the American people: “Why are we fighting and opposing you?” and “What do we want from you?”

In social media, some expressed sympathy while others condemned or mocked bin Laden’s letter due to its validity and morality.

It caused people to rethink their beliefs about US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to those who discussed the letter. According to them, the 9/11 attacks were not orchestrated by bin Laden and they did not praise or defend him.

Critics of TikTok claimed it was proof that the app, owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, was spreading propaganda to American youth.

In the letter, Bin Laden also criticised US support for Israel and accused the US of aiding Palestinian oppression. According to The Washington Post, Al Qaida’s former chief also criticized US interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Chechnya and Lebanon.

In 2011, the US killed bin Laden in Pakistan during a special operation.

Despite the White House’s criticism, “no one should ever be associated with Osama bin Laden’s vile words” in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

In response to the letter calling for social media reform, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has slammed it.

According to Haley, a 2024 GOP presidential primary candidate, “We have to ban TikTok when it comes to social media.

The platform’s guidelines prohibit videos featuring bin Laden’s letter, according to TikTok spokesperson Ben Rathe.

This letter clearly violates our rules on supporting any form of terrorism. The number of videos on TikTok is very small, and reports of its trending on our platform are incorrect. We are proactively and aggressively removing it and investigating how it got onto our platform. As he pointed out, this is not a TikTok phenomenon; it has appeared across multiple platforms and in the media as well.

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