Great news: Bin Laden declares jihad on global warming

posted at 6:13 pm on January 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

Good stuff. Coming soon, presumably: Al Qaeda adopts a highway. It’s all the rage these days among violent ideologues, you know.

Look at it this way. The fringier climate-change fanatics have already shown themselves willing to take drastic measures to save the earth through depopulation. Osama and the boys are just ahead of the curve.

“The effects of global warming have touched every continent. Drought and deserts are spreading, while from the other floods and hurricanes unseen before the previous decades have now become frequent,” bin Laden said in the audiotape, aired on the Arab TV network Al-Jazeera.

The terror leader noted Washington’s rejection of the Kyoto Protocol aimed at reducing greenhouse gases and painted the United States as in the thrall of major corporations that he said “are the true criminals against the global climate” and are to blame for the global economic crisis, driving “tens of millions into poverty and unemployment.”…

“It’s a bridge issue,” Kohlmann said. “They are looking to appeal to people who don’t necessarily love al-Qaida but who are angry at the U.S. and the West, to galvanize them against the West” and make them more receptive to “alternative solutions like adopting violence for the cause.”

“If you’re looking to draw people who are disenchanted or disillusioned, what better issue to use than global warming,” he said.

People were snickering about this on Twitter this morning, but pathetic though it may be, it’s actually nothing new. Al Qaeda’s pandered to western leftists by paying lip service to their pet causes in all sorts of ways over the years, most memorably in Bin Laden’s 2007 video praising Noam Chomsky and deriding the evils of capitalism and corporations. In fact, follow that last link and you’ll find him mumbling about global warming even then.

Not convinced? Here’s Reza Aslan’s review of “The Al Qaeda Reader,” a compendium of jihadworld’s greatest rants:

Indeed, al-Qaida’s many grievances against the West are so heterogeneous, so mind-bogglingly unfocused, that they must be recognized less as grievances per se, than as popular causes to rally around. There are protests about the United Nations’ rejection of Zimbabwe’s elections, the Bush administration’s unwillingness to sign up to the International Criminal Court, and America’s role in global warming. (To quote Bin Laden: “You have destroyed nature with your industrial waste and gases, more than any other country. Despite this, you refuse to sign the Kyoto agreement so that you can secure the profit of your greedy companies and industries.”) Zawahiri’s many complaints include the mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, which he calls “a historical embarrassment to America and its values,” as well as the United Kingdom’s anti-terrorism laws, which “contradict the most basic principles of fair trial.” There is even a screed against America’s campaign-finance laws, which, according to Bin Laden, currently favor “the rich and wealthy, who hold sway in their political parties, and fund their election campaigns with their gifts.”

Most Americans would agree with many of these complaints. And that’s precisely the point. These are not real grievances for al-Qaida (it does not bear mentioning that Bin Laden is probably not very concerned with campaign finance reform). They are a means of weaving local and global resentments into a single anti-American narrative, the overarching aim of which is to form a collective identity across borders and nationalities, and to convince the world that it is locked in a cosmic contest between the forces of Truth and Falsehood, Belief and Unbelief, Good and Evil, Us and Them.

Right — although they’re also a desperate bid for political relevance at a time when, more than eight years after 9/11, AQ’s usual schtick has been reduced to the level of background noise to most western ears. He’s got to do something to get some buzz. Expect the next audio tape to accuse Obama of being a tool of the Jews and a total disappointment who didn’t fight for the public option nearly as hard as he should have.


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So Obama is more like Osama than once thought?

Narutoboy on January 29, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Saudi Arabia is always hot, douchebag.

Cicero43 on January 29, 2010 at 6:17 PM

LOLOL!!! He didn\’t get the memo about the hacked emails f/East Anglia U??? But I think it\’s a great cause for a jihadi terrorist any ways, go for it Bin buddy!!!

4shoes on January 29, 2010 at 6:18 PM

AlGore.AlQ.Obama.Osama.Red.Green.

chaswv on January 29, 2010 at 6:18 PM

“The effects of global warming have touched every continent. Drought and deserts are spreading, while from the other floods and hurricanes unseen before the previous decades have now become frequent,”

How many floods and hurricanes have hit Waziristan lately?

Steve Z on January 29, 2010 at 6:18 PM

He’s got to do something to get some buzz.

Hopefully not with carbon making airplanes!

upinak on January 29, 2010 at 6:18 PM

All of you Global Warming believers can count OBL as your peer.

carbon_footprint on January 29, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Al Gore must be proud!

cmsinaz on January 29, 2010 at 6:18 PM

If we ever find out where you are Osama, it’s going to get a whole lot hotter REAL QUICK.

Why in the hell are we taking Global warming advice from this shithead? Al Queda does polling now?

portlandon on January 29, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Has OBL officially jumped the shark?

LastRick on January 29, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Not convinced? Here’s Reza Aslan’s review of “The Al Qaeda Reader,” a compendium of jihadworld’s greatest rants:

I have the book on my bookshelf. It features an introduction from Victor Davis Hanson.

amerpundit on January 29, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Al Gore and dead Bin Laden are allies now.

Where is Gore, lately?

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Next up Bin Laden joins PETA.

TheBigOldDog on January 29, 2010 at 6:20 PM

I can’t decide if this is good news or bad news. Either more people wake up to the fact that only dumba$$es and radicals believe in man made global warming. Or the left has a new argument. If we just adopt the Kyoto Protocol the radical islamists will lay down their exploding jockey shorts and sing Kumbaya with us.

conservnut on January 29, 2010 at 6:21 PM

He also opposes trans-fats.

Cicero43 on January 29, 2010 at 6:21 PM

By the way, does this mean we’re safe from an al Qaeda nuke attack? Nothing’s worse for than environment than a nuclear war or dirty bomb attack, you know.

amerpundit on January 29, 2010 at 6:21 PM

It`d be a big help if Bin Laden redirected all AQ funds to buying carbon offsets.

Step up, boys.

ThePrez on January 29, 2010 at 6:22 PM

He also opposes trans-fats.

Cicero43 on January 29, 2010 at 6:21 PM

awww man. I was hoping my deep fried goat would be the real deal.

upinak on January 29, 2010 at 6:22 PM

So AQ will stop bombing markets, schools and bus-stops and begin taking out temperature stations?

How many suicide bombers would it take to take out the Goracles heated pool?

Does a quds rocket have enough range to attack the Sun?

AQ will become a signatory to the Kyoto and Copenhagen Protocols?

catmman on January 29, 2010 at 6:22 PM

So Bin Laden is a progressive Democrat. It all makes sense!

Monica on January 29, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Where is Gore, lately?

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Down in the Bahama’s or some other tropical island. They’re having some serious snow storms down in Tennessee.

Global warming………..brrrrrrrr, too cold for Al.

Knucklehead on January 29, 2010 at 6:24 PM

It’s Arab logic: the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

For the past 6 years the Left said Bush was the enemy. OBL was simply paying attention.

Bruno Strozek on January 29, 2010 at 6:24 PM

All of you Global Warming believers can count OBL as your peer

Equating most of the scientific community with the terrorist supreme?

oakland on January 29, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Oh, after reading some of the other comments, let me add:

AQ now uses only environmentally friendly PETN?

All of AQ suicide bombers are certified 100% carbon neutral – until they explode?

AQ’s suicide bombers are simply recycling themselves through extreme prejudice?

catmman on January 29, 2010 at 6:26 PM

“Women are for children…

… Al Gore is for pleasure.” – Bin Laden

Seven Percent Solution on January 29, 2010 at 6:27 PM

But does Osama recycle ?

macncheez on January 29, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Man with stated goal of bringing down the west finds new, more effective lever than exploding 747s. Film at 11.

TheUnrepentantGeek on January 29, 2010 at 6:29 PM

I really feel like OBL has our best interests at heart guys… I really do.

tetriskid on January 29, 2010 at 6:31 PM

“…get your troops sign Kyoto and install low-flow toilets, or you infidels will not be safe anywhere !”

runner on January 29, 2010 at 6:31 PM

I bet Bin Laden and these folks will get along great.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygY57FdRcr0

4shoes on January 29, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Maybe he’s just feeling the heat from the US military.

rbj on January 29, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Your headline cracked me up, AP

RushBaby on January 29, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Front runner for the 2010 Nobel peace prize.

Vashta.Nerada on January 29, 2010 at 6:34 PM

AQ now uses only environmentally friendly PETN?

All of AQ suicide bombers are certified 100% carbon neutral – until they explode?

AQ’s suicide bombers are simply recycling themselves through extreme prejudice?

catmman on January 29, 2010 at 6:26 PM

I’m sure he buys carbon credits!

4shoes on January 29, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Suggestion to Bin Laden: Here’s one to add, PETA. Sure thing. Rail against the use of fur! Can’t miss!

GarandFan on January 29, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Women are for children…

… Al Gore is for pleasure.” – Bin Laden

Seven Percent Solution on January 29, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Osama’s new look

macncheez on January 29, 2010 at 6:35 PM

See! this clinches it… Democrats ARE more aligned with Bin Laden. Case closed.

Claypigeon on January 29, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Osama’s new look

macncheez on January 29, 2010 at 6:35 PM

LOL! Dennis Rodman?

portlandon on January 29, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Geraldo was on Fox & Friends this morning, and said this shows how insignificant Bin Laden has become.

It was the first thing Geraldo has said in a long time with which I agree.

UltimateBob on January 29, 2010 at 6:39 PM

This is the equivalent of Osama now.

BL@KBIRD on January 29, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Women are John Edwards is for children…

… Al Gore is for pleasure.” – Bin Laden

Seven Percent Solution on January 29, 2010 at 6:27 PM

FTFY.

My collie says:

Islam: the cure for ‘Tiger Woods syndrome’.

CyberCipher on January 29, 2010 at 6:40 PM

I guess bin Laden hasn’t heard about Cristina Fernandez

RushBaby on January 29, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Osama’s new look

macncheez on January 29, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Oh man, that is just SO WRONG on SO MANY LEVELS.

CyberCipher on January 29, 2010 at 6:41 PM

I wonder if Osama got his talking points from Michael Mann.

darwin on January 29, 2010 at 6:43 PM

If he moves to San Francisco soon I’m betting he could be the next Speaker of the House; AND win the Nobel Peace Prize.

MikeA on January 29, 2010 at 6:44 PM

So now we have western Marxists and radical Islamists working together.

Hmmmmmmmmm …

darwin on January 29, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Oh man, that is just SO WRONG on SO MANY LEVELS.

CyberCipher on January 29, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Yup
The handbag and shoes don’t match !
But he is still so

FAAAAABULOUS

macncheez on January 29, 2010 at 6:45 PM

All that I believe in and everything I hold dear, Bin Laden wants to destroy.
Everything that he believes in I know to be a lie.
Nothing new here. Just further confirmation of the righteousness of my beliefs.
Thanks Osama, you flea on a camels nutsac.

Extrafishy on January 29, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Coming soon, presumably: Al Qaeda adopts a highway. It’s all the rage these days among violent ideologues, you know.

My money’s on his supporting gay marriage and then holding a telethon for Haiti victims.

orlandocajun on January 29, 2010 at 6:50 PM

FAAAAABULOUS

macncheez on January 29, 2010 at 6:45 PM

You’ve heard of “Obama girl”. Now meet “Osama girl”.

My collie says:

At least it’s not “John Edwards” girl, right?

CyberCipher on January 29, 2010 at 6:51 PM

All of you Global Warming believers can count OBL as your peer
Equating most of the scientific community with the terrorist supreme?

oakland on January 29, 2010 at 6:26 PM

If the ideology fits…..you must admit.

Rovin on January 29, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Looks like he is green enough to get the Nobble peace prize. In their with the uber achievers like algore, Yassar Arafatt and The One Obama.

seven on January 29, 2010 at 6:54 PM

For those who can’t get enough of bathing with chimps, here are some more gay Taliban to complement last nights.

BL@KBIRD on January 29, 2010 at 6:58 PM

CyberCipher on January 29, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Obama girl:
I got a crush on Obama

Osama girl
I got a thrush from Osama

macncheez on January 29, 2010 at 7:03 PM

macncheez on January 29, 2010 at 7:03 PM

LOL. You are on a roll, dude.

CyberCipher on January 29, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Fonzie jumps the shark again…….on Arrested Development.

Mallard T. Drake on January 29, 2010 at 7:21 PM

This proves that he’s cave fungus – he clearly never heard that “global warming” has been debunked. Of course, many perfectly alive leftist still cling to the myth.

KillerKane on January 29, 2010 at 7:29 PM

THE GLOBAL WARMING DUO

When it comes to Global Warming..
Osama is a terrorist Gore is a bore
Osama is fantatic Gore even more

MaiDee on January 29, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Maybe this is a fake designed to discredit the “global warming” movement. If so, it was ill-timed because those responsible for proving it were exposed as fraudsters.

KillerKane on January 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Osama and Obama…Together Again! Instrumentals by Al Gore and his Donk Band. Sounds like it could be a great CD. Can’t wait for the video!

sdd on January 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Someone should tell him that since he died the evidence of global warming has been undermined, but I guess it is difficult to keep up with scientific developments when your dead.

tommylotto on January 29, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Osama jumping in to help OBAMA.
AH, HAHAHAHAHA

james23 on January 29, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Does AQ have a Diversity Committee? something tells me…

james23 on January 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

See I’m pretty sure he’s alive, then I see stuff like this and it makes you wonder.

B Man on January 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM

I couldn’t bring my self to watch it.

Let me guess, he also wants to ban the hookah in all public caves and goat brothels. As we all know, second-hand hookah smoke is more deadly than a jihadi 3000 suicide belt.

DeathB4Tyranny on January 29, 2010 at 8:15 PM

He doesn’t have to stay in that cave, you know.

Just surrender and plea bargain the 9/11 nastiness down. Get nice accommodations at taxpayer expense. Stay in the US and maybe get a job teaching with Bill Ayres or at Berkley.
He would fit right in.

IlikedAUH2O on January 29, 2010 at 8:33 PM

“If you’re looking to draw people who are disenchanted or disillusioned, what better issue to use than global warming,” he said.

Quote of the century.

logis on January 29, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Obama…errr, I mean Osama:
Global Warming: Check
Kyoto: Check
Boooosh: Check

tbear44 on January 29, 2010 at 8:55 PM

There are a lot of dead Democratic voters…add another one to the roll.

Asher on January 29, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Let’s see…Osama is for Obama’s climate change agenda. Hmmm…the Communist Party is for Obama’s agenda too!
Hmmm…

Christian Conservative on January 29, 2010 at 11:39 PM

Let’s see…Osama is for Obama’s climate change agenda. Hmmm…the Communist Party is for Obama’s agenda too!
Hmmm…

Christian Conservative on January 29, 2010 at 11:39 PM

Of course Obama Bin Laden is for it , so is Barack Osama !Why shouldn’t he be ? I mean –OOPS ! Aw ! The hell with it ! I can’t even keep track anymore of these haters anymore!

cableguy615 on January 30, 2010 at 12:42 AM

it must get a bit chilly in those caves what with no central heating and all…no wonder he’s cheering for climate um, er global…well change, as long as it’s warmish, I can’t stand this cold.

kellyjane on January 30, 2010 at 12:50 AM

Osama bin Laden is now being inspired by Al Gore.

Not surprising. The warm mongers have gotten the gullible so worked up over their fudged data and dire warnings it’s no wonder al-Qaeda is now adopting their talking points.

They’ve damaged the field of ‘climate science’ for a few decades, and the overall ‘green movement’ as well. Now that we’ve been lied to nobody is going to take their warnings seriously.

Mr Purple on January 30, 2010 at 4:19 AM

Do we truly believe that Osama Bin Layindown, is really still alive?

This is it? This is what Al Qeada Propaganda has come up with? I do believe Gadahn is still alive but Osama saying, run with this it’s soo scarey. I don’t thinks so.

So Al Qeada is trying Triangulation with who?

The Polar Bear Club?

Dr Evil on January 30, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Osama Bin Layingdown’s vocation is building roads, you know highways, that the evil autos use to drive on…so Isn’t Osama really complicit in Global Warming…I don’t mean just when he opens his mouth.

Dr Evil on January 30, 2010 at 9:37 AM

The warming crowd is scrapping the bottom of the desperation barrel with this supposed OBL tape. I still think the guy’s buried under a couple tons of rock in Tora Bora. Algore is sunning in Tahiti. Can’t stand the frozen tundra that is Tenn.

Kissmygrits on January 30, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Hold on, this is genuine? This isn’t an Onion parody?

Ok, so let me get this straight….Osama Bin Laden, who hates the US as much or more than anyone else on the planet, has decided that his best approach to increasing his influence is to make common cause with the American and international left?

You simply can’t make this stuff up. If the Onion had done this as a parody, would anyone have thought it even possible?

runawayyyy on January 30, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Bin laden just came down with a bad case of algores?

jgdp on January 30, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Also, please stop defaming Bert…er is that Ernie?

jgdp on January 30, 2010 at 6:19 PM