John on January 29, 2010 at 8:45 am
From the Washington Post:
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.
In the tape, broadcast in part on Al-Jazeera television, bin Laden warned of the dangers of climate change and says that the way to stop it is to bring “the wheels of the American economy” to a halt.
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.”
The al-Qaida leader also targeted the U.S. economy in the recording, calling for a boycott of American products and an end to the dollar’s domination as a world currency.
“We should stop dealings with the dollar and get rid of it as soon as possible,” he said. “I know that this has great consequences and grave ramifications, but it is the only means to liberate humanity from slavery and dependence on America.”
It’s almost as if he moves seamlessly between “going green” and a war on the US economy. Of course, Osama has literally been at war with the US economy for years. The man who twice bombed the World Trade Center, symbol of American financial power, can be counted on to talk down our economy and try to delegitimize the dollar. Global warming is just one more pretext for America bashing.
I suspect Osama is not alone in this.