The extent to which the enemies of America abroad ape the anti-Western rhetoric of Western elites never ceases to amaze. The latest example features non other than public enemy #1 Osama bin-Laden, who in a recently released Internet recording lamented the massive flooding in Pakistan for which he blames – wait for it – climate change.
In the message, a voice believed to be bin-Laden’s proclaims “The huge climate change is affecting our nation and is causing great catastrophes throughout the Islamic world,” which “calls for generous souls and brave men to take serious and prompt action to provide relief for their Muslim brothers in Pakistan.”
But as John Collins Rudolf reminds us on the New York Times‘ green blog:
If verified, the recording would not be the first in which Mr. bin Laden has remarked on global warming. In an audiotape obtained by Al Jazeera in January, the Al Qaeda leader dedicated virtually an entire speech to the subject and laid particular blame on former President George W. Bush for failing to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
How much greenhouse gas was emitted during the execution of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Mr. bin-Laden does not specify.