Bin Laden Boogeyman

Here is why the folks who are paranoid about Islamic terrorists are the real “conspiracy nuts”–because Osama bin Laden (“UBL” to the FBI), supposedly the worst threat to Western Civilization since Attila the Hun, sounds like a whiny, manipulative, half-educated American liberal:

Bin Laden Rebukes U.S. on Climate Change

“Talk about climate change is not an ideological luxury but a reality,” Mr. bin Laden was quoted as saying in a report on Al Jazeera’s English-language Web site. “All of the industrialized countries, especially the big ones, bear responsibility for the global warming crisis.”

What is this, a hoax by a right-wing agent provocateur? Let’s read further:

In the message broadcast on Friday, Mr. bin Laden veered away from his traditional vows to inflict death and destruction on the United States, and instead discussed climate change, globalization and monetary policy in a message that he said was directed to “the whole world.”

Typical terrorist tactic:  inflicting death and destruction is just a prelude to the important stuff, such as preventing climate change.

He called for a worldwide boycott of American goods and the dollar. He faulted the United States for failing to sign the Kyoto Protocol, which sought to curb global warming by restricting greenhouse gas emissions. And he offered a word of praise for Noam Chomsky, the American linguist and liberal political activist.

“Noam Chomsky was correct when he compared the U.S. policies to those of the Mafia,” Al Jazeera quoted Mr. bin Laden as saying. “They are the true terrorists and therefore we should refrain from dealing in the U.S. dollar and should try to get rid of this currency as early as possible.”

More than likely, any UBL announcement in the last few years is a publicity stunt by left-wing propagandists hoping to capitalize on the Bin Laden Boogeyman syndrome. We should ask, who benefits and what is at stake?

Bank and government officials in China, Russia and elsewhere have previously floated the idea of abandoning the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, replacing it with a basket of other currencies and commodities such as gold.

This suggests that the audience for UBL is not the American left but the anti-American nationalists in the BRIC (Brazil-Russia-India-China bloc).

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