In an audio tape released earlier today, notorious Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden points the finger at the United States and other industrialized countries, blaming them for global warming. He goes on to call for the world to boycott American goods, saying that the way to end climate change is to bring “the wheels of the American economy” to a halt. This isn’t the first time bin Laden has mentioned the environment in his messages, and while the negative context of his latest rhetoric is certainly not something that the eco-movement would like to be linked to, it’s of note that even someone who is responsible for so much destruction is voicing his so-called concerns about the welfare of the Earth.
“This is a message to the whole world about those responsible for climate change and its repercussions, intentionally or unintentionally, and about the action we must take,” says bin Laden, appearing to manipulate the public’s concerns about the environment and twist them to align with his own agenda. He also says that Western industrialized nations are responsible for hunger, desertification and floods across the globe, and said that “drastic solutions” were necessary, “not solutions that partially reduce the effect of climate change.”
While bin Laden’s words are disturbing, he does make some points that should indicate to the world that regardless of whether the topic is charged negatively or positively, climate change can no longer be ignored. “Speaking about climate change is not an intellectual luxury, the phenomenon is actual fact,” he said.