A new Osama bin Laden tape released Friday has the notorious terrorist calling for humanitarian efforts.
In a new audio recording released this morning purported to be the voice of Osama bin Laden, the notorious al Qaeda leader has a new message: humanitarian aid, of all things.
The new message is over 11 minutes long, and is edited in a video over still images of bin Laden. The recording appeared on Jihadist forums Friday morning, but its message is absent the standard Jihadist fare of retaliation, death, and destruction.
Rather the tape, called “Reflections on the Method of Relief Work,” addresses Muslim countries and argues that their governments spend too much on their armies and not enough on humanitarian efforts. Addressing the flooding in Pakistan that has uprooted as many as 8 million people, bin Laden says “What governments spend on relief work is secondary to what it spends on its armies.”
According to the New York Times, “the top al-Qaida leader said a new ‘well-funded’ relief organization should be created to study Muslim regions near bodies of water to prevent future flooding, to create development projects in impoverished regions and to work on farming and agriculture to guarantee food security.”
The recording is a stark departure from the violence of bin Laden’s previous messages, the last of which was released in March, warning of retaliation if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is executed.
As of this morning the recording is yet to be verified. But let’s face it, these tapes usually turn out to be verifiable. As “SNL” once said of bin Laden, “you release more tapes than Steely Dan.” At least this one is on the lighter side of the discography.