Osama bin Laden’s Letter to America
HIS 1111 B
Professor T. Boogaart
November 25th, 2009
September 11th, 2001, at 8:46am, Americans stood in awe as one of the world trade centers was destroyed by a commercial airliner, closely followed by the second tower at 10:28am. This attack was led by al-Qaeda leader and Islamic activist, Osama bin Laden. The American public was scared, mournful and outraged at this attack and posed the question as to why such an attack on civilians would be carried out. In response, on November 24th 2002, Osama bin Laden wrote a letter to america outlining the reasons for the attack. This letter however, was written for more than one reason. ...view middle of the document...
This provided some assurance to the Americans that bin Laden was in fact sane, even if this fact was of little comfort to the people of the United States.
The most general goal or dream of al Qaeda was to restore Islamic government. The essential effect of this goal would be the conversion of everyone to the Islamic faith. This goal is unrealistic to an almost infinite extent. The first step to achieving this goal however, would be to first convert the superpower of the world, and bin Laden hoped the letter would give enough influence to the American people to support him and al Qaeda. The letter wouldn’t convince many, however having some supporters who are already within American borders could prove to be very efficient for his terrorist movement.
The most important reason for the composition of this letter was to convince all of the Islamic people who once supported bin Laden to continue to do so. The attack on 9/11 was not only a shock to the Americans, but many Islamic people thought it was barbaric and was in fact against Islamic idealism. Bin Laden’s reasons for attacking America were that “...you attacked us and continue to attack us.” He used loaded questions to anger the Islamic people. For example, his second argument for their use of violence: “Is it in...