Removed: documentI had heard of this letter many times, but only in news and commentary that selectively picked out minor parts to make a point.
This page previously displayed a document containing, in translation, the full text of Osama bin Laden’s “letter to the American people”, which was reported on in the Observer on Sunday 24 November 2002. The document, which was published here on the same day, was removed on 15 November 2023.
The transcript published on our website had been widely shared on social media without the full context. Therefore we decided to take it down and direct readers instead to the news article that originally contextualised it.
Here is a copy of that Guardian article, before it was deleted.
Apparently the letter is being deleted now, because of comments about Palestine.
It is possible that bin Laden did not do all the things that are attributed to him. That is not the issue here.
The letter is important for understanding the Middle East. Maybe some people would say that the letter should be censored, and it could be used to recruit terrorists. I disagree. It explains why al Qaeda and its allies hate the Jews, hate America, and hate Christianity. It may help explain Palestinian Arabs also.
Supposedly interest in this letter was suddenly triggered a few days ago by a young Black woman TikTok influencer who went into an existential crisis, and urged everyone to read the letter. I am not sure whey this is so upsetting. Perhaps today's leftist decolonizers are finding some agreement with the letter, I don't know.
I urge everyone to read the letter also, but not because I agree with it. I suggest it to have a better understanding of why many Islamic Arabs hate America and Israel so much.